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May 23, 2007 12:27 PM

Transylvanian or European Cafe in Los Gatos

I'm trying to locate a cafe that I think was once called the Transylvanian Cafe and now may be called European Cafe.

No surprise that it featured Eastern European dishes.

Does anyone have any experience with this one?

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  1. It's called Transilvania:

    330 N Santa Cruz Ave
    Los Gatos, CA 95030
    (408) 395-2424

    I have passed it a million times but never eaten there.

    12 Replies
    1. re: 2m8ohed

      Easily the biggest selection of Romanian wines by the glass I've come across!

        1. re: rworange

          No idea. I'm just going by the Web site.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Do you know if there's any other Romanian food in the Bay Area?

            1. re: rworange

              The food is quite good. I have enjoyed several dishes, especially the sausage dish. the call it dracula's something-or-other. I have no idea if this is authentic or just someone's notion of Romanina, but it's tasty.

              1. re: lgphil

                My Romanian sort-of-relatives like it. So it should be authentic at least. I've never been there.

                1. re: lgphil

                  A sausage called "Dracula's something-or-other?" I can imagine what the something-or-other mght nd.

                  1. re: Gary Soup

                    From the website ...

                    "DRACULA'S MITITEI"

                    Garlic ... get it. Man, you have to feel sorry a vampire can't eat Italian. Maybe that's what their diet is all about ... red sauce envy.

                    More about Romania food on the General Board.

                2. re: rworange

                  Joaquin Deli in San Leandro (fka Vatran's Flying Sausages) had Roumanian style charcuterie and a selection of Rumanian wine. But sounds like things have slipped and gone generic there.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Joaquin Deli's no longer owned by Romanians and no longer stocks most of the unusual Romanian products they used to have. The hot sandwiches are reportedly still good.

          2. re: 2m8ohed

            We just had dinner there tonight and enjoyed it immensely. We started with an appetizer that's not listed on the website, large triangles of Swiss cheese that were breaded and fried, served with some lettuce and a drizzle of aioli. Very tasty. I only wish there had been more lettuce.

            For mains we had Dracula's Mititei (the skinless garlic sausages) and samarle (the cabbage rolls). Alas, we weren't fond of the sausages. They didn't have as much flavor as it seemed they should, and they had a weirdly bouncy texture that I found disconcerting. Looking at the menu description on line, I realize that they did not come with the grilled vegetables advertised. The portion of fries were generous, but they were uninteresting and undercooked, imho.

            But our other main was the Sarmale cabbage rolls, and those were marvelous! The filling was flavorful, with a light and delicate texture. With a bit of sour cream, they were sublime. I don't know if the polenta is a traditional side (seems odd), but it was tasty too.

            We had a glass of wine each, plus shared a sweet wine at the end. When we started asking about the wines, the owner immediately offered to pour tastes of them. She really wanted us to taste before ordering. We had a glass of the Feteasca Alba (fairly acidic, went well with the foods), Feteascas Neagra (great nose, also went well with foods), and Grasa de Cotnari afterwards (pleasant enough)

            I was initially put off by the number of Italian dishes on the menu, but I realize in talking with the owner that she has to deal with a lot of 'fraidy cat customers who won't try anything new. So I think the Italian dishes are a sop to them, so that mixed groups of adventurous eaters and 'fraidy cats can all find something to eat. She says their schnitzel and goulash are really good, so we'll probably try those next time.

            1. re: Karen_Schaffer

              Sounds awesome.

              330 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030