Hult’s has been mailing out 2 for 1 lunch coupons and a few days ago, my husband and I decided to indulge. The food, service, and environment were all great, so I wanted to give a little plug here.
We went on a Saturday in the very late morning, around 11:45. The restaurant had some patrons but it was early and uncrowded, and we were seated immediately.
The menu is anything but typical, and Jim and I both saw things we’d never heard of before. He ordered the Swedish Classic Pyttipanna, shown in the photo to the right. I will admit that this wasn’t visually appealling to me, as it was mostly shades of brown except for the fried egg on top and some beets on the side, but Jim said that it was delicious and didn’t leave a scrap behind.
As for me, I wanted to try the Lime Stuffed Pan Roasted Salmon(see photo below). My dish featured asapagus tips, melted leaks (I’d never heard of them served as melted before – it was a delicious leek mush) and trout caviar. Usually I don’t go out of my way to have caviar, but it was quite tasty and also gave the food a very nice splash of color.
It was too early for us to have wine with our meal, but I need to note that the Hult’s wine menu is quite extensive and that alone might be a reason to return.
The service was excellent. The atmosphere was quite pleasant. On the ceiling there were sound absorbing tiles that did a wonderful job of keeping the ambiant noise low. The food could not have been better. Prices were not low, but few places in Los Gatos will be described as affordable – and the quality is certainly there. For cost conscious consumers like me, the coupon was just the ticket to try the restaurant. I’m sure we’ll be back – with or without a coupon.
165 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95030
(locals: where Baker’s Square used to be, and long before that, Sambo’s)
*As always, this review is done only because I enjoyed the establishment. The good folks who run Hult’s did not know that I was going, nor that I would write a favorable review, and no compensation was made or received for this or any other review on this site.
October 14, 2011
Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine is a small, local chain of restaurants offering great Greek food at fairly moderate prices. Earlier this month, I took a friend, who’s also in the real estate industry, to lunch at the Los Gatos Opa in downtown to celebrate her birthday. I’d never been to any of the Opa restaurants but heard about them a long time ago, so it was a great excuse to give it a try.
We were there on a busy weekday but found the service to be quite good – both fast and pleasant. The food was excellent – and portions huge! She and I split a salad and even with that, we could not finish it all. I don’t know if the serving size is similar on regular entrees or not. But the taste can’t be beat. Overall, it’s a very good value.
The one issue that I had with Opa is the noise. The acoustics are not good and the sound can be deafening – very unpleasant. This isn’t Opa’s fault – this was also the case when the same location functioned in the past as Pigalle French restaurant and also Vittoria Ristorante Italiano. Loved both of those restaurants too, but the crashing noise kept me from returning after one try each. Opa actually has added some things to the walls and ceilings which I suspect are there to absorb noise. It’s a good effort but for me it’s not enough. I could go back if the restaurant were not so full, but wouldn’t want to be there when it’s packed.
Opa also has locations in Willow Glen and Los Altos (with Walnut Creek opening soon). I want to visit these other two local eateries soon and introduce Jim to their fine food. Additionally, Opa now does take-out. Might be a great idea to simply bring some of that wonderfully authentic Greek food home.
Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine
27 North Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95030-5916