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The meeting of cultures inspired the name Costes Izakaya. We believe that Costes, as a brand, has become a kind of synonym for quality in domestic gastronomy in the last decade, thanks to our Michelin-starred restaurants. Furthermore, it seemed almost obvious that we should present Far Eastern flavors more clearly in our restaurant portfolio, given that our company's Corporate Executive Chef (operating fine dining restaurants), Márk Molnár, had returned to Hungary with decades of experience in Asian cuisine. This is how the name Izakaya came about, which is derived from the character of a restaurant and was inspired by the hospitality industry concept that is prevalent in Asian, particularly Japanese culture.


Izakayas were originally Japanese sake shops where customers came not only to buy food but also to sit down and eat and even order food along with alcoholic drinks after work. 

Nowadays, the meaning of izakaya has become broader to primarily characterize the bistro style that provides Asian cuisine globally. The food in an izakaya is a little more filling than in a tapas or mezze bar, but the dishes are still considered "small plate". Most dishes are to be shared, allowing everyone around the table to sample a variety of dishes.

Incorporating these features as a tradition, we created a concept where the increasingly popular "sharing" concept and the relaxed, informal atmosphere resonate, while also using the best quality ingredients to prepare our dishes with distinct flavors. We use the term "fine bistro" to emphasize the special quality, even if it causes some confusion.

Feel at ease, be open, and ask questions. There are no restrictions. Welcome!