Dining out allows families to enjoy a hearty meal without the hassle of washing dishes and sharing forks. Dine dynamically with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Eastern European food and drinks at Transylvania Flavour in Kitsilano. This Groupon expires July 1.
The aroma of slow-cooked meats and simmering homestyle delicacies flows from Transylvania Flavour’s kitchen. Inspired by the hearty flavours of Eastern European cuisine, the chefs at Transylvania Flavour eschew hunger pangs with an eclectic roster of Balkan-style dishes, including sarmale, cabbage rolls with house sauerkraut and a sour-cream drizzle ($12), and savoury pork schnitzel ($17.95). In the kitchen, the owner’s mother adds her own dashes of family flair to signature recipes, such as the knight’s platter for two, an eight-part panoply of ethnic edibles that channels the splendour of medieval feasts with yam-and-cheese pierogis, polenta croquettes, meatballs, and more ($48), to be gobbled alongside a gilded goblet of wine embossed with antidotes for dragon breath ($7–$10 per glass).
Along the textured yellow walls of Transylvania’s intimate dining room, black-and-white prints of historic monuments inspire a romantic nostalgia while diners devour desserts of homemade donuts ($7). In addition to free parking, the local bus escorts guests to the perch of this homey establishment, silencing damsels in distress bemoaning the death of chivalry.
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.
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