We saw this coming: the famous Csülök Bár that closed in January re-opened only 20 meters from its original location at Pellérdi st 31 in the outskirts of Pécs. But the pork hock and shank themed restaurant (pork hock or knuckle=csülök in Hungarian) is not a unique contestant anymore.
As reported in the March 2016 issue of Pécs City Guide Fekete Kutya Csülkösház opened at the original venue with a very similar idea. Yes, hock and shank. You might think that two restaurants with very similar concepts can’t survive that close to each other but it’s quite early to call your bets. Also they do differ in several key aspects.
Csülök Bár’s interior is more stylish and clean now. It can seat at least 40-50 people but this fact shouldn’t give you too much security: we strongly recommend to book a table in advance since even weekday evenings are quite crowded. Which also leads to other problems but more on that a little bit later since the food is quite good. When we visited the place for the first time we had one of their signiture dishes: pork shank plate for two (HUF3290). Very reasonable price and a huge portion (see pic below). All the meats – baked, deep fried and stuffed hock – were tender and very, very tasty, without any unpleasant smacks. The sides – roasted potatoes with bacon, Hungarian style mashed potato, fried potato wedges, pickled vegetables and braised cabbage that were also great.
We also managed to order pancakes and strudel too, but these were not overwhelming, let’s say just okay. Interesting is that we had to wait for the main dish only 20 minutes (that is quite good since everything is made fresh) but serving the desserts took almost 35 minutes. Another problem is that they accept cash only. Nevertheless, Csülök Bár has a place on my list of recommended restaurants.
Update: After this article was published in the September issue, we visited the place for a second and third time. Our experiences were not that good as during our first test. For example the hock had very nasty bits because of terrible butcher work (bloody spots) and the potatoes were awfully salty. The staff was still very friendly but they didn’t close the door despite the fact we explicitly asked them to do since it was getting quite cold. Basically it was smelly and cold. I don’t say that I won’t go there at all but not anytime soon and I really do hope they can manage to deliver a steadily pleasant experience.