The week before my birthday, my husband suggested the new restaurant Tango and I figured why not. He had casually mentioned that we were going to do a tasting menu and I didn’t think anything of it. As we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at the space! The décor is warm and inviting, simple and tasteful.
We were immediately seated in the full restaurant. The manager approached us and asked if it would be interested in the Chef’s Tasting Menu. I was ecstatic and my husband just smiled . . . It seems that he had talked to the Chef earlier in the week and coordinated everything. As the plates began to arrive, I found myself sitting on the edge my chair anticipating every next course. Each course was perfectly plated and the service was absolutely impeccable. 11 courses and three hours later, I could not have been any closer to a food comma.
The most notable courses of the evening were the ravioli with carrot puree and short ribs, the venison duo with venison chop & venison meatloaf, the Humbolt Fog goat cheese soufflé and the chocolate tasting.
Prior to the presentation of the dessert, Chef Russell Hawkins came out to greet us. His passion for food carried through to his personality; Friendly, engaging and genuinely interested in our experience. Tango is gem. It could compete with the latest and greatest restaurants in Hillcrest, Bankers Hill or North Park, but instead it resides in Escondido, forever raising the bar for North County restaurants!
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