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Dec 3, 2006 11:36 PM

Neto Caffe in Mountain View

This apppears to be the first post on the month old bakery/eatery that has been a sensation since it opened on the corner of Castro and Evelyn streets in downtown MV. The location has been a bust to several incarnations of eateries but I think this one is here to stay.

What's so special? In Hebrew, NETO is an acronym equivalent to the English acronym, WYSIWYG. Their claim of additive free baked goods and prepatred foods seemed to stand up to our multiple tastings. We tried the giant rugulach that is in the shape of a croissant with a buttery,soft flakey crust (not the usual piece of sweet concrete) and a not too sweet filling that brought me back to the bustling bodegas of Tel Aviv. No coconut oil or shortening here. Just an abundance of genuine flavor, texture and taste. The chocolate croissant was equally unsullied.

They make their own pita and it is warm and soft and slightly chewy and supported beautifully the housemade hummus that reeks of garlic and cannot be put down.

The coffee drinks were also very fine and the Turkish coffee, though not superstrong, is flavored nicely with cardomum and served
in a tiny cup. There are lots of Middle Eastern favorites on the entree side that looked appetizing. The place is very busy and they are still trying to find a way to provide the most efficient service.
Takeout is available.

Welcome to the 'hood.

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  1. What's up with their prices?

    The place looks like a casual semi-self-service cafe but it's $10-12 for sandwiches. Those sandwiches better be damn good and/or gigantic.

    Yogurt and granola will cost you $7.25. That's more expensive than the yogurt and granola at Bouchon in Las Vegas.

    1. Thanks for the report. The chocolate babka maybe with the hot chocolate flavored with orange rind is sounding good to me.

      I'm not that familiar with Mid-eastern food, but I don't think I've seen samboosak (turnover) before. Hope someone reports on how they taste.

      Don't think I've seen masbacha or nishnushim either. Know I haven't tried it.

      Do you know if they make their own bagels? They mention a Mediterranean bagel as a bread option.

      A bit of an eclectic menu though, eh? ... Panini, foccacia and ... schnitzel?

      Looking forward to more report.s

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      1. re: rworange

        The chocolate babka at Neto is excellent. It's different from regular babka: there is a very large amount of chocolate in the center - a bit too much; it'll squirt out the sides when you bite into it. So, I scoop out the excess, and it's perfect.

      2. Stopped by here earlier today, actually. The pastries looked tasty. I tried an espresso sachleb. Not familiar with sachleb, and googling it returns the netocaffe site as one of the top results, but it says alternate spellings are "sahlep" and "saloop" . . .

        It's a thick, sweet, milky drink, mixed with espresso in this case. Anyway, pretty tasty, very rich - tough to finish the whole thing. Though, the price was definitely too high for what it was ($4.75).

        The people working there were very friendly, offering sample tastes and describing in detail many of the dishes I wasn't familiar with.

        I'd give it a shot for a meal if I find myself in the area . . .

        1. thanks for posting this! i've driven by a few times and have been curious. seems like downtown mv is getting a lot more restaurants/cafes these days.

          1. I don't see it on their online menu, but any chance they have black & white cookies?