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While traveling in Hungary local friends took me here to eat while on the way to Lake Balaton. This has been one of the great highlights of my 5 weeks in Europe. The setting, the facilities, the menu, and the food were all great. The...place is a charming thatch-roofed country inn featuring many local specialties involving fish as well as a great selection of foods for those who are land lubbers. The service was prompt and friendly as well. I highly recommend this eatery to any visitors; the locals already know what a gem it is!More
This restaurant is near to Szeged, by car you can easily reach it. The lake is beautiful and if you are lucky you can sit outside. The inside is very nice too. We had the chance to taste few meals today. All the fish meals...were great and fresh. The fishsoup was a bit too salty, but it was ok to eat it with bread. The pancakes are very nice served, but a bit too sweet for us. Catfish was perfect. Recommended.More
The real good/great fish soup (halaszle) is by now, unfortunatly, an almost extinct specie in Hungary. (Except perhaps some fish-soup festivals and private gardens.) The reason is the lack of quality red paprika (an other quasi-extinct specie in Hungary, thanks to the efforts of quality...manipulators, mixing it with cheap tropical varieties). All this should be kept in mind when trying a new place for fish soup.
As for this Akasztó "csarda", the carp soup I tried was reasonably good, but for a number of reasons far from being great. The fish-meat was salty rather than almost sweet (as it should be). The colour of the juice was brownish-mustard, a sure sign that not the right, harsh red colour paprika was used. The juice was thin, lacking the gelatin which comes from the head and other bony parts of the fish. Probably they were not cooked for long enough into the juice. And, finally, it was obviously made on a cooker rather than on open fire. It is there that in my experience the real great fish soup can only be made. All in all, however, it was certainly quite above the average fish soup I had in similar establishments in Hungary.
The rest of what we tried was good, including a choice of good wines which is not standard in many rural restaurants yet. Service was attentive and intelligent, though not the fastest and the environment (seated at the not many tables outside, by the water-side) also well looked after and pleasant.
In brief, the place is definitely worth a visit and the fish soup a try. But keep your expectations a little down, closer to realities.More
I have visited this restaurant at least 3 times during the last couple of years and I honestly can't complain!
Location: driving down the road you'll be surrounded by typical Hungarian countryside - smaller towns, farms, signs of agricultural activity. Normally you don't see a...lot of water in this part of the country, but as you approach the reception, you immediately notice that this is somewhat different, you literally feel like you've arrived to an oasis.
Food: superb mix of traditional Hungarian and international cuisine with wide variety of fish dishes. What it makes it special? The owner runs a decent fish farm, which surrounds the restaurant (you can sit right at one of the lakes if you decide to eat outside - recommended), so you can be sure that they use unquestionably fresh ingredients.
Service: super kind and friendly, I would suggest to accept their 'pálinka' recommendations :) Maybe just one hint: give them a call in advance, it's a popular place for weddings - just to be on the safe side to avoid inconvenience.
All in all: great, reliable countryside dining experience, highly recommended!More
Date of visit: August 2013
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