Transylvania Flavour has a European menu that includes bagels and soup, schnitzel, cabbage rolls, and homemade desserts.
Food: I ordered the Transylvania sausages with fries. The sausages are homemade, and different from anything I have tasted before. The fries were just...fries. Kinda oily. My mom ordered the perogies and cabbage rolls lunch combo. The perogies are made with yam(?) and drizzled with red pepper sauce. Not the usual bacon/potato perogies you find at a Safeway freezer. They were flat looking, not the puffed up kind I'm used to seeing. The cabbage rolls were the highlight of the lunch. Really juicy, tender cabbage rolls, delicious!
Service: Our server (and presumably the owner of the restaurant) was very friendly, and very polite. The complimentary chocolate we received with the bill was a nice touch. We felt very welcomed.
Value: A tad bit expensive. I only received 4 short sausages and a handful of fries-and that was $12. My mom received about 3 perogies and 2 cabbage rolls, with a small side of sauerkraut (?) for $12. It's probably the rent (expensive neighbourhood!) that's keeping the prices up.
Ambiance: Very nicely renovated!!!
I will definitely be back for the cabbage rolls...might also try the borchst.
Hey, I didn't make up the theme. Just look at their vampire-themed cocktail list. Kind of weird since they can't quite decide what they want to be.
Their sign says home-style cooking, but I think that is doing them a big disservice. Yup, it might be the type of food served at home (I wouldn't know, never been to Romania), but they've certainly elevated the cooking and presentation well above the average home. Maybe it's from Vlad's castle...
Interior is very clean, somewhat modern, definitely not old-style.
Service was very good, despite having only 1.5 servers, the hostess/waitress (mom?) was super-attentive and immediately zipped over before we needed to ask for anything.
We had the knight's platter sampler and cabbage rolls. I think the biggest hits were the cabbage rolls and their special meatballs. Everything was tasty, relatively light but not bland. Not greasy at all. 3 people came to ~$20 per person after tax, tips and dessert (no drinks). You could probably do better, plenty of dinner dishes in the $10 range.
The only complaint, they might want to work on their dishwasher a bit...
Pretty convenient location, so I think it's worth a try. Maybe even a return trip.
The service was professional. The ambience was fine. The food was good.
I would definitely have gone back here - except for the prices. Once again, this is an establishment which asks you to pay for... the name (?), the location (?), the concept (?), the plane ticket for the food to be shipped from Romania (? - yeah right).
I have the means to pay. I have the will to pay. You cannot expect something for nothing. But when you charge me $9 for a single lamb skewer? Or the platter (loaded with fries, perogies, salad and veggie kebabs) for $40-something? Puleeze.
Like at so many other places, I just felt ripped off.
We had a wonderful experience and dined on a Groupon deal. Unlike one of the previous reviewers, we were given the best of service. It was friendly and informative. The hostess made us feel truly welcomed. The food was really good and different.
We started with the polenta croquettes, a meal in itself, despite the fact it was meant for sharing. They were done in a very light batter drizzled with a sour cream and roasted pepper mixture-very delicate and tasty. I had the lamb shank and my partner the chicken dracula. Again very tasty. Shared dessert of the apple tower was very good also. Lots of apples with a good helping of ice cream all layered in a fried wafer type of pastry.
All in all it was delicious and the servings ample. Will definitely return for the service and the food.
I have heard about this restaurant through Groupon. I cannot believe that I live only 10 minutes away from this little Food Paradise, I walk by almost every day, but I have never noticed it. Anyway, now I know about it, and believe me, since I discovered it last month, I became one of the frequent customers of this restaurant. This is a small restaurant, specialized in Romanian food, family owned and operated. The owners are Romanians, husband and wife, and they really make you feel like home.
I decided to try each and every dish on the menu. :-) On my first visit I started with the Knight's platter. I went there with a friend of mine and even if we were starving, we were not able to finish everything. The best thing on those platters are the sausages and the cabbage rolls. This is real home made food, I am telling you. We did not feel we were in the restaurant; it was like we hired a private chef to cook for us only. :-) The lady who was serving us was very attentive and charming. She gave us a very nice "tour" of the platter, explaining what each of those items were. Oh... let's not forget the polenta, a small delicacy made of corn.
On my next visit I tried a full version of cabbage rolls, and my friend tried the Chicken a la sibiu. Wow! What a treat! Even now, when I am writing this review, I feel the nice aroma of those cabbage rolls. :-) I am not exaggerating. Didn't it happen to you to think of the ocean and all of a sudden you started to feel an ocean breeze coming towards you? Well, I am really not really a writer, but you get the point! The owner of the restaurant told us that the cabbage rolls are made by her mother, following an authentic Romanian recipe. For many, this might not mean much, but for me, whose cooking skills don't go too far from making a sandwich and a salad, that meant I was in the heaven of cooking. There are not many things out there, better than homemade food, cooked by your mother. I think I am safe to say that I found an adoptive mother... and my mother for sure won't feel bad for my choice. :-)
On my last visit I stopped by for dessert only. Well, this is another long story to tell. :-) I did not know what to choose, and I asked for advise. I asked if there is a "knight's platter" of desserts. Of course I would like to get a small sample of everything. There was not such a thing on the menu, but the owner took a custom order; she brought us small samples of all sweet items on their menu. Well, maybe not all, but quite a few. I only remember colors: green, yellow, and brown. Have you ever thought that basil can be used as a dessert? If not, think twice! That green color that stayed in my mind comes from basil. The name of this dessert I do remember: "La vie en vert." Well, ladies and gentlemen, la vie en vert might be better than la vie en rose. Just give it a try! :-)
I kind of wrote a long review and in case someone is reading it, and gets to this point, this are my last words (I promise): go there and you will not regret it! :-)
Tried it and loved it! Had the platter which is a cross section of foods they serve. Every item was a treat. Brought a groupon but will go back even if for full price. The owners were very welcoming and friendly. The desert was made by the owners mother. what more can you ask for.
There is a lack of good Eastern-European places in the GVRD, and I have noticed that this place can be a bit too empty at times, which is a shame. Why have another generic Japanese restaurant (like the one next door) when you can eat here?
The food at Transylvania Flavour House is absoltely fantastic, and very well prepared. The cabbage and sauerkraut were both warm and soft, the pomme frites were crispy, and the meat was tender and tasty.
Service - The first time we went for lunch, the chef didn't show up! The poor owner was scrambling and had to basically cook/warm the dishes himself. That said, the food was got was still incredibly good and I've rarely experience better service than that. The tripe soup is definitely tastier than most other places, and is a good meal of its own.
The next times we've been, the labour issues obviously got sorted out :), yet the service remained quite good.
It can be a bit pricey for a dinner, but you get what you pay for.
Tonight my boyfriend and I went out for dinner here. As soon as we stepped inside, the owner greeted and seated us right away. The room itself was nice, nothing special- maybe a few authentic looking pieces on the wall. We really liked that there were fresh flowers on the table- which is always a good touch. I was a little disappointed with their menu however, as I had chosen a duck entree which was listed on their website, but apparently has been taken off the actual menu for quite some time. We ended up ordering the "Knight's Platter" which consisted of an assortment of various appetizers. It included stuffed perogies and polenta balls (which we both loved), kielbasa kebabs and sausages (which were just okay, nothing special), and the cabbage rolls (which tasted like already chewed up food to me), schnitzel (which tasted like any other breaded cutlet), veggie kebab and cardboard chicken kebabs. It also included house salad and fries which were decent. Honestly however, considering we could have made most of these ourselves, we felt ripped off as this cost us $47! Oh, and we both ordered FLAT sodas for another $2 each. In total, we got jipped $58 including tip.
We're never going back here again, and would NOT suggest this place to anyone. The only reason we even bothered tipping was because of the friendly staff.
We came for the perogies, but were wow-ed by the cabbage rolls. Perogies were a different style than we were used to, but still good. The cabbage rolls were excellent though, really well done.
We also had some grilled platters, it was all good, a little on the pricey side but not too bad. The place is elegant and warm.
The people running it are great, very accommodating and helpful, and they really care about the quality of their food. We were a little un-adventurous about a couple of the sauces, and they offered to make us a different sauce right on the spot, which turned out to be delicous. Will definitely make a trip back.
Wow what an amazing dinner... I heard about this restaurant thru a groupon and I am so glad I did - it is such a gem. The food was delicious - I am shocked about reading some of the other reviews, I can only imagine those people live on fast food not to appreciate home cooking. I can honestly say this restaurant has the best cabbage rolls I have ever had - very authentic and so delicious. We also had the schnitzel and the sausages, both fantastic.
I found the prices to be very good. Especially considering the quality of the food is top notch and the portions are very generous.
The service was amazing. Everyone was super nice, service was prompt and very attentive. Their wines are well priced and many options by the glass.
I was very impressed overall and am already planning a return visit.
Had heard good things and decided to give this place a try even though I am not really into cabbage rolls or tripe or home cooking for that matter.
The service was swift and fairly attentive and, with the home-made food and warm colours, it made for a pleasant experience. The place just has a new menu and it all sounded pretty good, as did the specials, but hard to narrow it down so we decided to have the Knight's Platter to try a cross-section of food.
The owner's father makes the sausages and the homemade mustard and her mother makes the cabbage rolls. I liked the 1) sausages though the spices were mild, and the mustard was good too, and, though not a 2) cabbage roll expert, they were quite nice and the housemade sauerkraut was good too (I was surprised as I have only really come across jarred sauerkraut, which I dislike.). The 3) perogies and the sauce on them were very yummy and I would definitely have those again. The 4) meatballs were very tender and not just hamburger meat tasting, not dramatic in flavour but nice and would be good for people who like good quality but simple food. The 5) fries were large, handcut on-site and good, but I asked for, and they gave us, a few gnocchi to try, which were excellent - on the tender side, but not doughy if that makes sense, and lightly pan-fried - I would make sure any future meals included the gnocchi. The 6) polenta croquettes were large and very fluffy with the same sauce as on the perogies and would be quite filling as an appetizer (the sauce was very good on the gnocchi as well). The 7) caesar salad was just that, nothing special but the romaine was good and the parmensan was reasonably generous and we needed some green. We actually didn't get to the 8) schnitzel which was a large piece as we were saving some room for dessert, but it looked fine too :-). On to desserts which are all made in-house (yay) - we had the apple tower, their take on strudel, and it was worth a double take - it wasn't a typical pastry strudel and hard to describe, not cakey and not bready but... good, and better than pastry, and the apples and caramel sauce were very tasty. We also tried the papanash, doughut shaped, but not a doughnut exactly - not as sweet but with that great homemade doughnut crispness to the outside and served with the owner's mother's homemade mixed berry jam. All in all a pleasant meal with friendly service and lots more to come back for.
I had wanted to go to Transylvania Flavor on West Broadway for quite some time as it had been recommended to me by a friend ages ago. I got the chance last night when we went with a large group of family visiting from out of town. First off, I was a little scared that there would be problems with a big group showing up on a Saturday without a reservation. No problem. Some tables were put together in a flash and there was not a hint of a worry or a scowl from our server. Happiness at having a large group eat at your restaurant? There's something refreshing.
There's a really nice selection of organic wines, which I think shows that even though they are serving traditional food, they are still keeping a finger on the pulse of what Kitsilano is looking for. I ordered a martini from their interesting martini menu, with items with names like "vampires kiss", etc. Could have come off as naf, but I thought it was cute. I got a "eternal life", Goldshlanger and apple which was beautiful and tasted like chilled Cinnamon apples. Also, you can't beat being presented with your drink and being told "I bring you eternal life". I love it.
For dinner I had perogies and a side of Veg, which was really nice and I really enjoyed it, but of course being the vegetarian in a group of people ordering at a Transylvanian restaurant, I was not going to have the most interesting plate. Two of our group decided to split the Knights Platter, which was Kielbasa sausage & fresh vegetables kebab, Chicken breast & fresh vegetables kebab, Roasted vegetables kebab, Mititei – Transylvanian sausages, Cabbage rolls, Perogies, Fries, Mamaliga – Feta cheese & polenta balls, House mixed greens salad, and Olives. Phew. As they were two strapping young lads, there was no problems polishing all this off, and a lot of happy comments like "I don't know what I'm eating but I like it". I love meals like that.
Here's the most impressive bit for me. I don't usually order dessert in restaurants because it is always such an oversight. It's always a piece of frozen cheesecake covered in bottled sauce, or something else that inevitable has a soggy bottom and a twang of freezer burn. Not here at all. The cheesecake was served in very generous slabs and if it had been frozen, there was no way of telling. I ordered a custard tart, which reminded me of a Greek version I eaten before, a think custard between sheets of pastry, but this was much nicer. flavorful custard and crisp filo. No disappointment here.
We had a great night. Really good food, awesome service, and not a wild bill at the end of it all. We will be back.
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This place serves the tastiest cabbage rolls, nothing like the bland wet pierogies you get at other places. Soup of the day was a delicious and velvety carrot soup. Schnitzel was a generous portion, not too bad. Goulash was substantial, certainly on the spicy side but not overly so. Chocolate cake sounds out of place among goulash and schnitzel, but don't miss it! Service was outstanding, with the friendly owner more than helpful with menu recommendations.
I was here for a big Birthday party on a weekend. We had a pre-arranged menu of platters. The food was fantastic. The polenta balls are unbelievable and have a sauce that was divine. We were stuffed by the end of the night and the dessert had to be forced down but was worth the work.
Beautiful atmosphere, friendly staff, great food. I will be sure to go back.
I bought two groupons for this place after reading the great reviews. Boy am I disappointed!
The first time I was there with a friend and ordered the lamb shank and one of their platters.The food was mediocre at best and everything we ordered had a "microwave" feel to them, very unfresh. The service was incredibly slow. It took half an hour for our first dish to arrive, and another 20 minutes to sort out the bill.
Last week I decided to give them a second try and also use up my second groupon. The service is equally slow. Worse still, this time I had a bad reaction to the food (almost like food poisoning) and end up throwing up in the middle of the night. The next day, I learnt that my friend also had a weird stomache after eating there with me! The only conclusion I can draw is that their food is the cause.
All in all, I am incredibly disappointed with my experiences and will not dine at this restaurant again.
An acquaintance and myself went for dinner here and the service was useless. We waited at least 10 minutes from when we sat until someone came to offer us a menu or drink. Finally the waitress came and both of us just got water to drink (i prefer drinking neutral flavour when eating). About 20 minutes later she came to ask our food order and when we both ordered the same thing she tried to talk us into getting different dishes! That would be fine if I was with my mom or someone who I would share plates with, but we are practical strangers! The waitress seemed a bit irritated by us only having the main course and no starter.
When the food came it was nice, we had the lamb shank. There was a decent amount of meat on the bone but not worth the price. Once the bill came the waitress had added 15% gratuity onto the bill- we had now been in the restaurant for an hour and forty minutes! What was supposed to be a quick bite to eat and a socialize, took almost 2 hours, due to the constant waiting for service. The food itself took the usual 20min or so, but getting the server to our table was difficult, she would rather wipe down another empty table (when the restaurant was half empty) then come take our payment. Eventually I went to the front and asked that my credit card be run through. While the gentleman was putting it through I asked if 15% automatic grat for 2 people was usual, he commented that it was because we had a Groupon Coupon. While waiting for my companion to return from the washroom, the waitress came over with a really bad attitude asking why I questioned the tip. I told her that I certainly didn't think that the service was worthy of 15% gratuity, and at the very least they should inform people before they order. The waitress then said "Why? Would you not eat here then?" I was slowly making my way to the door because I found her attitude and demeanor embarrassing, but I said that yes I might not have eaten there.
Her actions were appalling and how dare she confront me, in front of other patrons and my guest about the gratuity.
I went to this restaurant with my boyfriend who wanted to try the food here for a very long time and I must say I was very very disappointed with the food.
I thought the food was overpriced, when I looked at the menu. Really, there was nothing special to charge that much for what they had on the menu. At least it could be organic for that price.
We went there at 6 pm for dinner and they hat already run out of the dinner specials. Hmmmm.. maybe it was because the waitress lost her patience with me because I took a long time to decide what I wanted.
I decided to go with the dinner salad - green bean salad because I liked the description on the menu: boiled( it said crisp on the menu) green beans, fresh tomato, onion, artichokes, olives, caper, cheese- with balsamic vinegar . All the good stuff, right? WRONG!!!!! I got a NOT RIPE tomato cut in four placed in a very thin slice of cheese, two thick onion rings, five pieces of green been, two big chunks of artichokes, a few olives and capers and lots and lots of balsamic vinegar!!!!!!
IF THEY DARE TO CHARGE 12 DOLLARS FOR THIS SALAD THAN THEY DAMN BETTER MAKE SURE THAT THAT TOMATO IS RIPE TO PERFECTION, AND THE SALAD IS SLICED AND PRESENTED WELL!!!!
Oh, yes, at the end someone from the kitchen staff came to pick up my salad and told me that I just didn't have an appetite tonight. I told him why I didn't like the salad, and he just picked it up and left without a word!
I will never, ever go back to that place ever again! I felt I was ripped off and I didn't like it!
Yeah it's great. Very classy velvet decor and great bar menu. They have wiens and shots and beer. The food is good and fine dining. perfect for a date and my honey was impressed. Very impresed if you catch my drift. The waitress had hair down to her back and I loved it. I recommend this restaurant for classy men and classy girls.
I only discovered Transylvania Flavour a few months ago, and have eaten there with great satisfaction several times, both lunch and dinner.
For dinner, the beef short ribs are tender and delicious, with creamy mashed potatoes and simple steamed veg. For lunch, the green bean salad is tasty, light but fulfilling, and can be ordered with chicken for a solid meal. My friend liked the perogies a lot, but I have yet to try them.
Borscht has been fresh and tasty each time I've had it; Desserts such as creme brulee, chocolate mouse, and pastry specials have all been divine. And this restaurant makes better coffee than any cafe I have -ever- visited.
As others have said, the cabbage rolls are incredible; they even put my grandma's cabbage rolls to shame.
The only dish I've tried and not enjoyed is the sausages; only as the spices were not to my taste.
Lunch menu is much more reasonably priced, with smaller (still plenty of food) portions.
Prices are in keeping with nicer places (~$25 for dinner entree), and the food is certainly of better quality than many others in the same price range.
Service is friendly and attentive; the owners have made me feel at home whether dining alone or with friends.
I have to say, I love the aesthetic of the place. It's rich, but not pretentious; golden yellow walls, earthy umber tiled floors, and purple draperies, with accents in metal, glass, and wood. A fresh flower and candle on the table are a pleasant touch.
I would certainly recommend this restaurant; It's not what I expected (no vampires), but it's really good.
The food is amazing: best tripe soup, borsh, very good Transylvanian sausages and cabbage rolls.If you're open minded and not afraid to try different things, I strongly recommend this place; however they have some western dishes as well. Everything is reasonably priced; the wines are a bit expensive, but I guess it's not cheap to import them from Romania either. I particularly love the decor which has some discrete Romanian pieces. The music is always soft and romantic; it would be nicer if the lights were dimmed a little more. Also, don't expect to enter Dracula's castle; this is a normal little romantic restaurant with great food. Me and my husband go there every week especially for the tripe soup.