Musings of a bon vivant in Hong Kong

Do you do the Tango?

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I like a big slab of beef now and again, so it’s great that new Argentinian Steakhouse, Tango, has opened its doors on Wyndham Street.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Admiralty) or Morton’s Steakhouse at the Sheraton Hotel (Kowloon) are often lauded as being the best steaks in town, but if they are a bit pricey for you, then Tango could be the place for your next red meat fix.

Boasting a lovely Parilla fireplace, the interior in Tango has been designed to inspire a homely, rustic feel with a plethora of dark-wood and exposed brick. At night, the light is dimmed to create an intimate atmosphere, the expanse of windows give customers a fun view of the passersby below and your eyes are drawn to the fireplace where plump cuts of La Pampa beef are grilled.

I went for my birthday, and as we had a group of 10, we were offered the Tango Function Package, which included appetizers, sides and desserts to share, with a choice of main for $468 per person excluding service charge.

There was a good selection of starters, with Yellowfin Tuna and Watermelon Ceviche, hand cut Beef Sirloin Empanadas, Chorizo sausage served with chimichurri, hearts of palm salad with tomato, avocado and basil and a platter of Tango’s cured meats. The traditional Argentinian beef sirloin empanadas went down a treat; savoury pasties stuffed with beef, basil, olives and sweetcorn were wolfed down quickly and left us wanting more. The salad was a good compliment to the meat heavy appetisers and the cured meat platter was also a winner.For mains, we had a choice between a 12oz sirloin steak, lamb chump steak and seafood spaghetti. Most of us opted for the sirloin steak (of course) but the two who chose the spaghetti were unfortunately disappointed, saying it lacked flavour and flair. The cuts of prime sirloin were huge. The frankly gigantic portions plonked on our plates meant that even the guys were left struggling to ingest all 12oz of protein. However, the 6 salsas served with the steak, (Criolla, Chimichurri, spicy tomato, Dijon mustard, grained mustard and horseradish), evened out the meat sweats most of us suffered afterwards! My steak was a well prepared medium, juicy and plump on the inside, with a good, even searing on both sides.The side dishes- French fries, sautéed mushrooms and peppers were average. The fries were a little overdone but that didn’t stop my fingers reaching into the bowl every few minutes.

Three desserts were brought out- Helado’s icecream, Churros con Chocolate and the absolutely amazing Leche Flan which doubled up as my birthday cake. Leche Flan is a crème caramel served with Dulce de Leche, a caramel-like milk based sauce made from sweetened condensed milk. A heart attack on a plate, but way too good to resist! The waiter cheekily brought out a massive jar of Dulce de Leche which they sell at Tango and tried to tempt us (after hearing all the gastronomic groans of delight emanating from us girls in particular), but we were strong. Instead of buying a jar….we demanded two extra bowls of the stuff to eat on its own. Disgusting I know.Tango has a vast selection of Argentinian, Spanish and Italian wines for all wine lovers to choose from. We were certainly pleased with our choice (don’t quite recall what we ordered, I believe it was a Spanish red) but we were happy.

Argentinian chef, Ignacio Elizondo has whipped up a variety of lamb, chicken and fish dishes as well as preparing all cuts of La Pampa beef. If I were you, I’d stay away from the seafood and go for the meat. After all, it is a steakhouse.

Chopstixfix rating: 3.5/5

Tango Argentinian steakhouse, 1/F, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong Tel: 2525 5808

$$$$-$$$$$$$$$$ (including wine)

You can also see this review on Sassy Hong Kong

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Author: chopstixfix

Michelle Ng is a Brit born Chinese-Malaysian who has loved food since time immemorial. She is a firm believer in "Live to Eat, not Eat to Live".

2 thoughts on “Do you do the Tango?

  1. Absolutely mouth watering. Another on my list of “must visit” for my next trip into HK. This list is growing like rabbits and it looks like I better extend my stay there to accomodate all the yummy places. Another well written and ab scrumptious write up.

  2. Ah steakage. Glad to see you have some decent stuff in Hong Kong. When you’re here I must take you to London Fields where possibly the best Argentinean steak lives. Grrrrr. xx

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