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Gail Aug 12, 2007 04:19 PM

In a few weeks, we will be in Los Gatos for a few days. I'd appreciate some restaurant suggestions. We know about Manresa, but are looking for a French bistro type with steak frites or mussels. If that's not available, do you know of an Italian place that doesn't just have pasta, but some nice veal dishes? If neither exists, then just a place where you thought the food was great. Any suggestions appreciated...

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    IanW RE: Gail Aug 12, 2007 11:52 PM

    Cafe Marcella is an excellent Cal-French bistro in Los Gatos. It's been a few years since I've been but I think that it would meet your requirements.

    It certainly is not on the scale of a Manresa, but is better than some of the other upscale Cal/Med options in the area.

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    Cafe Marcella
    368 Village Ln, Los Gatos, CA 95030

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      Gail RE: IanW Aug 13, 2007 08:08 AM

      Thanks Ian. I checked their site and the dinner menu seemed to have an emphasis on pasta. The place looks nice and it would be close to where we are staying. I guess veal has gotten too expensive for small restaurants to serve.

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        stacyc RE: Gail Aug 13, 2007 09:26 PM

        That's actually not true. Most of Cafe Marcella's specials change daily, so aren't a part of their online menu. They serve some great Cali-Italian dishes. The entrees are somewhat expensive compared to the pastas though...

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      stacyc RE: Gail Aug 13, 2007 09:27 PM

      A couple of other places in Los Gatos are Trevese (California cuisine) and Dio Deka (Greek so great lamb dishes, not sure if any veal).

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        Gail RE: stacyc Aug 14, 2007 08:15 AM

        Trevese certainly has an appealing interior. The site is lovely as are the food descriptions. I understand that the site menus may not be want is actually served on a given evening. We are staying at the Hotel Los Gatos, so I guess Dio Deka would be most convenient. Of the three mentioned, which would be your choice?
        Thanks, Stacy.

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          Claudette RE: Gail Aug 14, 2007 04:28 PM

          Gail - Dio Deka is our favorite upscale restaurant (see earlier threads) and you can't go wrong there. Trevese and Manresa are even more "upscale" in that they have tasting menus that go for around $100/person, not including wine, and much more formal service, and a lot quieter atmosphere - far from the "bistro" you inquired about. Just thought you should know this. BTW: do get your reservations early at any of the afore-mentioned places, as they're booked pretty far in advance for weekends. Have a great time!

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            Gail RE: Claudette Aug 14, 2007 04:47 PM

            Claudette, we both love lamb and it is right next to us, so I think the decision is made. Thanks for your welcome opinion. Could you suggest a favorite lamb dish?

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              Claudette RE: Gail Aug 15, 2007 11:32 AM

              The lamb chops and the lamb lollipops are MUST haves - they are better or as good as I've had anywhere, and believe me, I've ordered them everywhere. The moussaka is the only thing I would not recommend - it's made with beef cheeks, not lamb, and the texture/taste balance is off. Try to request Darryl as your server if you make reservations far enough in advance. (He's our all-time favoriter server, and you'll know why when you meet him.) If you have room for dessert, theirs are lovely but not spectacular; however, the Greek yogurt dessert is the most unusual, and worth sharing (portions are huge). Go early so you get a head start on the noise level, and have a great time!

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                Gail RE: Claudette Aug 15, 2007 12:20 PM

                Just printed your message so I remember lamb chops and lamb lollipops (?!?). Thanks much.

      2. Foodrat RE: Gail Aug 14, 2007 12:05 PM

        When I was just dating my husband and lived in the area, our favorite Italian place in Los Gatos is:
        The Pastaria & Market
        49 E. Main Street
        (408) 399-3477

        Can't remember off-hand if they served veal, but their pastas are very good.

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          Gail RE: Foodrat Aug 14, 2007 12:33 PM

          Thanks, another for my list. I couldn't find a site with a menu, but found many reviews. Lots referred to it as a "great pasta place", so maybe it's not for us.

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          kinipela RE: Gail Aug 15, 2007 04:56 PM

          there's a very popular steak should that originated in los gatos... for some reason though i can't think of the name. it's the one that has the other branch in danville.... forbes mill? chop house? something like that...

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            Claudette RE: kinipela Aug 16, 2007 02:45 PM

            Forbes Mill. Good vibes, decent steaks, but get reservations well in advance for the weekends.

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            misspiggy RE: Gail Aug 16, 2007 03:20 PM

            Just off the topic but still a must have in Los Gatos is Fleur de Cocoa. If you are going to be in LG for a couple of days go there for dessert or a crossiant. Their royale cake is to die for and the crossiants are very good.

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