Breaking bread is a bonding experience, encouraging new friendships while testing the strength of communal sledgehammers. Swing into sustenance with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Eastern European cuisine at Transylvania Flavour.
Transylvania Flavour's chefs assemble dishes from an authentic menu of traditional Eastern European recipes prepared with Canadian ingredients. Beef goulash stew ($18.95) sends a warm tingle down esophagi, and pork tenderloin medallions swaddle themselves in savoury blankets of prosciutto ($23.95). The braised lamb-shank ossobuco is drizzled with a roasted mushroom cabernet jus ($23.95) and the slow-braised chicken thighs in the chicken paprikash with onion, peppers, and mild paprika sauce with homemade gnocchi ($18.95) will cause diners to no-longer associate the Transylvanian region with Dracula's famous crudités platters. Yam-filled pierogi ($12) and cabbage rolls concocted by the owner’s mother ($12) satisfy even the meatiest of appetites, and homemade desserts hush clucking sweet teeth. Vegetarians can feast on roasted beets with a garlic and walnut spread, presented with crostini, pickles, and artichokes ($12). Diners feast their eyes on the restaurant's gallery of tasteful prints of historic monuments.
Eager to share the culinary traditions of both their culture and their family with fellow Vancouverites, Joanna and Nick Cruciat opened Transylvania Flavour in 2004. They have since been lauded by the Globe and Mail for creating “rib-sticking fare” and fostering a “cozy Old World charm” within their homey space. Upholding this dedication to authentic Eastern European eats are the restaurant's chef and European chef consultant, who join their culinary powers and Dracula figurine collections to forge traditional Transylvanian specialties including roasted beets, cabbage rolls, and perogies. Affable servers whisk these homemade masterpieces from the kitchen into the yellow and red dining room, setting steaming bowls and plates to rest on top of crisp white tablecloths.