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Transylvanian or European Cafe in Los Gatos

henox May 23, 2007 12:27 PM

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. 2m8ohed RE: henox May 23, 2007 02:20 PM

    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.

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    1. re: 2m8ohed
      Robert Lauriston RE: 2m8ohed May 23, 2007 02:24 PM

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

      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        rworange RE: Robert Lauriston May 23, 2007 02:58 PM

        So how's the food?

        1. re: rworange
          Robert Lauriston RE: rworange May 23, 2007 03:19 PM

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

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            rworange RE: Robert Lauriston May 23, 2007 03:34 PM

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

            1. re: rworange
              lgphil RE: rworange May 23, 2007 03:39 PM

              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
                512window RE: lgphil May 23, 2007 04:05 PM

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

                1. re: lgphil
                  Gary Soup RE: lgphil May 23, 2007 06:49 PM

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

                  1. re: Gary Soup
                    rworange RE: Gary Soup May 23, 2007 07:43 PM

                    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
                  Melanie Wong RE: rworange May 23, 2007 07:17 PM

                  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
                    Robert Lauriston RE: Melanie Wong May 24, 2007 11:13 AM

                    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
            Karen_Schaffer RE: 2m8ohed Jun 9, 2007 09:38 PM

            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
              lessleyellen RE: Karen_Schaffer Nov 5, 2007 08:46 AM

              Sounds awesome.

              330 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030

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