Ikon Debrecen

             

4025 Debrecen, Piac utca 23.

+36305557766

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Although everything is still covered by snow, spring is coming. In such a period noises are softer, the nights are more mysterious and if the landscape is white, people do not feel so cold. The holiday of love is over, and at the bottom of his heart everyone is preparing for spring. For the first lukewarm breeze, the drawing out of days, birds chirping, flowers and occasional refreshing showers. We, cooks are preparing for spring vegetables and fruits. The very first bunch of ramsons, morels and crispy green asparagus. But it is still February, so let us see what we can cook now. Here we have fantastic root vegetables. Sweet and fragrant carrots. Wonderful crimson beetroots you put your teeth into, you feel as if united with mother earth. Pumpkin, which recalls our childhood if properly baked. Crispy cabbage, which can bring the freshness of summer to our table even on chilly winter days. Cauliflower, which offers comfort in a cream soup when you are frozen to the bone by the time you get home from work. You do not always need summer to cook. All you need is love and imagination. Cooking is the simplest thing on earth and one of the most magnificent sources of joy. Let us see the reasons why people cook...Mothers love to cook to their beloved ones with heart and soul. They put the food in front of the family with a smile on their faces no matter how hard and long the day has been.

Grandmothers can hardly wait for their grandchildren to sit around the table with cheeks smeared with home-made jam. Men who (perhaps rightly) assume that this is one way to conquer ladies’ hearts. Ladies who overtly profess that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. (Actually, there are a few more tricks...) Then there are cooks like us. Cooks for whom the smiles they sometimes see on their guests’ faces are worth more than anything. We find strength in them to face difficult days, a real sense of achievement and love.

What do all these have in common?

Love.

Cooking brings people closer to one another. The family, friends and lovers. It is not by chance that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Probably many of you have already been to parties where everybody ended up in the kitchen. That is the place where the best conversations unfold. Many have participated in business negotiations where the parties got far closer to each other during a good lunch. After these thoughts I cannot omit the basics. Everything starts with the basics. Let me elaborate. Imagine a slice of bread spread with butter, with tomato and perhaps a few thin slices of spring onions. We all remember how much we loved it in our childhood. And now? Do we still love it? Will it taste good if it is made of pre-packed and pre-sliced bread sold in stores with poor-quality butter and unripe, pale tomatoes? No, it won’t. The reason is that there is something wrong with the very basics. The bread is not good enough. The butter is not good enough. The tomatoes are unripe. If the bread had a crispy crust, the butter was silky and home-made, the tomatoes were picked by grandmother in the garden and had not seen anything else but the ground, sunshine and rain... Do we know, and do we want to know what the thing that seems to be a tomato and is purchased in winter is not given? Three things: ground, rain and sunshine. Do we know that bread requires four things: flour, water, salt and yeast? Take the time to read the ingredients of sliced bread. The list includes at least ten items. It is no wonder if we do not like bread and butter with tomato any longer. And here is fried chicken we used to love so much. What have changed are not us but chickens. If the very basics are not in order, the entire structure is clumsy and unviable. Take care of what you eat or what you are made to eat! This is what we teach the young cooks in our restaurant. Try a ripe tomato with a pinch of sea salt. Taste cracklings made of home-grown ducks with crispy bread and real red onions. A flavoury and golden-coloured broth made of chicken grown on a farm, with genuine vegetables. A carp caught from River Tisza instead of fat, bred ones sold in large stores. These are the very basics that will teach you how important the quality of raw materials is. Modern kitchen technology and the numerous flavour enhancers are all in vain. The chicken that grows within barely five weeks without natural food and sunshine can hardly be good. It can hardly taste good. But most importantly: it can hardly be healthy. Here in IKON everyone has understood and believes that if one wants to engage in top-quality gastronomy, there is nothing more significant than the excellent raw materials. Aware or unaware, everyone who has ever dropped in on us grasps something of this. Our guests feel that our professional skills and the modern technology we use are nice words, but if the very basics are not in order, they do not mean anything. This is what we represent humbly, because once you have strolled to this path, there is no way back. Never more. Love to cook and do not be scared to love eating.

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These restaurants listed are our partners that not only use truffles, but they purchase them legally by a transparent market. Truffles are delivered by us, or truffle hunters observing the truffle regulations.

GASTRO-EVENTS

Eatwell pop-up dinner St. Andrea Restaurant Budapest - 11-12 April 2019

Our guest is Santiago Lastra from Mexico, who will give a four hands dinner in St. Andrea Restaurant, along with Chef Ádám Barna. This pop-up dinner may be the last stop of the nomad Chef’s wondering life, as he will soon open Kol, his solo restaurant in the downtown of London.

Vegan Sunday Market Budapest - 14 April 2019

We continue the tradition and we will be organizing Vegan Sunday Market, the only communal vegan market in Hungary. Along with the market, we are preparing with cooking workshops, round table discussions and creating community spaces that go beyond a simple sunday shopping. We are waiting for you, your friends and all those who are interested not just on kitchenwares, fine meals, drinks, CF products and other handmade products, but the fellow programmes and communal experiences.

Easter Cruise with Dinner & Music - Budapest - 19-22 April 2019

Special river cruises during the Easter holiday, with Buffet Dinner and Music, in the evening at 19.00 - 21.00 and at night from 22.00.

IX. Food Truck Show Budapest - 03-05 May 2019

Food Truck Show Budapest will host for the ninth consecutive event in Budapest which includes the rolling gastronomy's best food trucks from Friday 3th May till Sunday 5th May. Our event offers you a diverse culinary journey which is innovative but also traditional. It's in a friendly and familiar atmosphere in Kincsem Park where you can enjoy your favourite meals while waiting for the outcome of your bets or listening one of the many street musician who take care of the light mood. This event accessible to all, and could be enjoyable for all ages.

OTP Gourmet Festival 2019 Budapest - 16-19 May 2019

Gourmet Festival is the celebration of the best Hungarian restaurants, wineries, chefs and confectioners, brewers and producers, and all us gastronomy lovers. The biggest gastronomy festival in the region is organized every spring and brings the country's best to a huge outdoor tasting venue. Colorful nights, with famous foreign chefs and many unforgettable programs. Get a feel for what last year was like!

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Petit Dej, Vienna, 1st December 2016

  

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The event of Tradition and Innovation on 1st of December 2016 was visiting Petit Dej with our excellent quality truffles. With the help of a whole-day truffle market, the daily offer, and a truffle dinner crowning the day, we made Vienna taste these treasures of the forests. The wine selection of Babiczky Wine was available as usual.


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Truffle Butter with Toast
Consommé Royale with Winter Black Truffle
Mussels in Creamy Truffle Sauce or Tagliatelle with Cream and Truffle
Steak withTruffle and Truffled Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Salad
Tiramisu with Sweet White Truffle (Terfezia)

Babiczki wine selection

Mátrai Irsai Olivér
MátraiPinot grigio
Mátrai Cabernet franc
Mátrai Chardonnay battonage


Dinner: 59 EUR (65 EUR on the spot)
Wine selection: 10 EUR

Facebistro Budapest, 2nd November 2016

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At the next event of the Tradition & Innovation series on November 2 we would like to demonstrate that the high-quality Hungarian truffle is not an unreachable luxury. We intend to offer a culinary experience for our Guests by serving dishes which can be easily made at home too. With the dinner it will be possible to choose from Babiczki Wine's wine collection as usual


Tradition and Innovation is planned to be comprised of 10-12 events during the course of which one may learn more about the diversity of Hungarian truffle-gastronomy and get a glimpse into how truffle is used by professionals (bakers, cooks, confectioners) in their respective fields.
The event organizer Tube Trade Ltd. is a truffle manufacture seeking to supply customers with truffle provided by ethical gatherers through a transparent commercial system. We seek to provide services in accordance with the needs of restaurant trade as well as providing high-qua- lity svice to individual customers. We are unique in the market in being able to supply ready-made truffle products to anyone lacking the necessary equipment (such as vegetable preparation unit and washer). We are relying on the contribution of our partners (chefs) in determining the directions of product enhancement.

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Truffle dip with grissini baked on the spot
Cream of cauliflower soup with truffle and olive oil
Tagliatelle with garlic, olive oil, parsley, and truffle
Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with parsnip puree, and truffle
Crema catalana with sweet Hungarian truffle

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Mátrai Irsai Olivér
MátraiPinot grigio
Mátrai Cabernet franc
Mátrai Chardonnay battonage

 Babiczki wine selection: 2500.- HUF

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Sofitel Budapest, Terrace 4th September 2016 17:30-21.00

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The first truffle dinner of a series of events called Tradition and Innovation is focusing on two currently gatherable types of black truffles (Tuber uncinatum, Tuber macrosporum), the sweet Hungarian truffle (Mattirolomyces terfezioides) and seasonal forest mushrooms.

The dishes will be prepared by Jeremy Cayron, executive chef of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit and Zsolt Serényi.

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Those attending the event will have the opportunity to learn about different kinds of truffles and forest mushrooms, exchange experience as well as ask the hosts of the event about the secrets of their profession. Enquiries about mushrooming will be answered by a mushroom expert and experienced truffle hunters. Tradition and Innovation is planned to be comprised of 10-12 events during the course of which one may learn more about the diversity of Hungarian truffle-gastronomy and get a glimpse into how truffle is used by professionals (bakers, cooks, confectioners) in their respective fields.

The event organizer Tuber Trade Ltd. is a truffle manufacture seeking to supply customers with truffle provided by ethical gatherers through a transparent commercial system. We seek to provide services in accordance with the needs of restaurant trade as well as providing high-quality service to individual customers. We are unique in the market in being able to supply ready-made truffle products to anyone lacking the necessary equipment (such as vegetable preparation unit and washer). We are relying on the contribution of our partners (chefs) in determining the directions of product enhancement. We seek to satisfy all standards set by our customers respecting delivery, quantity as well as packaging.

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Starter
Snail cassolette and black truffles
Black truffles crème brulée
Cauliflower soup with Castillo de Canena olive oil and truffles
Beef tartar Hungarian style and black truffles
Tuna Tataki with Daikon and truffles salad, spicy mayonnaise

Main course
Risotto of wild mushrooms and truffles
Confit of Mangalica pork belly celeriac puree and truffles
Trout with mushrooms, snow pea puree, truffles and cardamom sauce Scallop and quinoa duo, truffles and cigar sauce
Chicken paprikash and truffles dumpling

Desserts
Raspberry macaron and white truffles Vanilla ice cream with truffles chips Truffles opera
Rakoczi Turos
Truffles and strawberry tartelette

Price: 65 EUR (on the spot: 70 EUR)

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