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Cafe Marcella (downtown Los Gatos) report long

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Cafe Marcella (downtown Los Gatos) report long

Wendy Lai | Nov 5, 2001 11:02 AM

Taking the advice of a fellow chowhound, my dinner companions went to Cafe Marcella in downtown Los Gatos for dinner Saturday night. I had great hopes for this place. Before dinner we were shopping in the downtown area and two merchants that I mentioned Cafe Marcella to both gave it thumbs up.
To cut to the chase, we were very disappointed. Now, to be fair, it wasn't all bad, but the bad part is enough for us not go there again (although others might have better luck).
The main huge compliant we had with this place was that is was not leisured dining. I've never seen dishes come out this fast, not even in a Chinese restaurant! The servers approached my dining companion twice to take away his plate, while he was still eating. There was no time at all in between courses. For a three course dinner, include drinks, it took us less than an hour to finish. The hostess was constantly hovering over us. We had a suspicion that they wanted us to eat fast and get out; they wanted our table for another table of four.
Food wise, I liked what I ordered. I had a mushroom soup that was flavorful, seasoned just right and not overly rich. I also ordered the duck confit with risotto for my entree (it was intended as an appetizer but the portion was too big for that). That dish was also excellent, rich risotto drizzled with tangy balsamic vinegar, topped with a whole duck leg confit.
My other two dining ordered the ginger carrot soup and seared ahi tuna as their appetizers. Both were not impressed with their dish. One guy said the ahi tuna didn't taste fresh enough.
They both ordered pasta as their entree. I tasted one of them and found it to be fairly ordinary, something I can easily make at home.
We ordered two desserts for the table, the chocolate silk (cake) and an apple frangipane cake. I must give them credit for the dessert, both were excellent. The chocolate cake was super moist and chocolaty, with just enough raspberry coulis. I didn't taste the frangipane cake, but my friend loved it.
If it was just the food, I would probably give this place another chance because my dishes turned out to be great. But since my companion's dishes did not and we were rushed the whole entire time, I don't think we would go there again.

Cafe Marcella
368 Village Ln.
408-354-8006

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