Cafe Patisserie Restaurant
Kárpáti pike perch fillet with mushrooms and shrimps
7 875 Ft / 22,5 €
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How is the dish prepared according to the Gundel recipe?

We fry the fillets on the skin until crispy. The base of the sauce is made from fish meat and bones and is rich in flavour. It is whipped with lots of butter, and the rich-flavoured sauce, served in a separate small copper dish, is topped with prawns, sautéed shimeji mushrooms, fresh dill, dill oil and shallot onion. In keeping with tradition, parsley potatoes sautéed in butter are the side dish. Dill and parsley greens are added to the crunchy, succulent fish as a refreshing accompaniment.

How did the recipe become part of the tradition, part of the Gundel heritage?

The history of Kárpáti pike perch making most probably dates back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This is evidenced by the fact that János Gundel's menu of 1876 still referred to it as 'Balaton pike perch István Főherczeg style'. The main flavours were the same as in today's recipe, but the Karpáti ragout was carefully developed by Charles Gundel.

Why was it selected for the National 11, considered the essence of Hungarian flavours?

We definitely wanted to include a fish dish from Gundel's gastronomic heritage, because in Hungarian gastronomy, freshwater fish are not as popular as their marine counterparts. And yet, pike perch is the best-tasting Hungarian river fish. It's a shame to make fish soup from the pike perch, because it tastes fantastic when fried. Frying is delicate and timing is very important to keep it crumbly. However, the dish is a great pleasure for the consumer, both in terms of smell and taste.

The shimeji mushroom has not long since gained a place in Hungarian cuisine. The buttery, nutty flavour that results from the light roasting is a perfect match for the thick buttery sauce. Its natural, high umami content makes any dish tastier.