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Dinner at Tango (Arlington)(long)

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Dinner at Tango (Arlington)(long)

Raconteur | Apr 25, 2004 10:53 AM

Last night my sweetie and I went to Tango, in Arlington center, for our anniversary dinner. I've never had Argentinian food before, so I can't comment on the meal as an example of this specific cuisine.

We arrived around 7:30 and were told the wait would be about ten minutes, as indeed it was. The room is small and crowded, painted in blue and yellow with lots of photos and cultural artifacts on the walls. It has a very high ceiling with no noise dampening, so it was quite loud throughout the meal. I am slightly hearing impaired, so this was a problem, making conversation difficult.

I don't remember all of the Spanish names for the dishes so will just describe them.

We started with an appetizer of melted provolone and "typical spices." It arrived in a small crock with a very nice layer of browned cheese on top. I can't honestly say that I noticed much in the way of spicing, but the cheese was very tasty. Nothing spectaculat, but tasty.

The bread arrived after the salad and was cold. The bread was white, nothing special. Sweetie ordered a green salad which was very fresh, a variety of lettuces and a few other veggies; I ordered the tomato and onion salad, 6-7 thin slices of tomato with sliced onion on top, drizzled with olive oil. It was ok, fresh, but the tomatoes weren't very flavorful and for $6.75 I must admit I was expecting more pizzaz.

For entrees Sweetie had the grilled swordfish while I had the mixed grill. His swordfish was very good, extraordinarily tender and moist. I don't recall the spicing this morning, so doubt it was anything out of the ordinary. The presentation was simple.

My mixed grill was served on a metal, legged tray with a wooden plate to cut and eat from. It included two pieces of kidney, a small piece of sweetbread, a pork chop, beef short ribs, blood sausage and white sausage. The kidney was good, though a little dry, as were the sweetbreads (a little rubbery). Never having had sweetbread before I don't know if this is usual. They both were lightly spiced. The pork chop was very good, spiced with salt, pepper, and something else that gave it a little zing. It was tender and moist. The short ribs were wonderful, cooked medium rare and very flavorful. The spicing was light, just some salt, and they were very nicely grilled letting the flavor of the meat speak for itself. The blood pudding was also wonderful, tender and flavorful with a lot of (I think) cinammon. It was a very coarse sausage and probably my favorite part of the grill. The white sausage was good, but not remarkable. Finely ground meat, mild seasoning. It was a lot of food and I could not have finished it by myself.

We both had the vegetable of the day, cauliflour, broccoli, carrots and corn in a cream sauce. It was very simple and quite tasty. The corn was very crisp and sweet.

Sweetie had a glass of chenin blanc while I had a glass of malbec. I don't know enough about wine to say if these were sterling examples, but for wine-by-the-glass it was nice.

The service was intermittant, sometimes slow sometimes overwhelming, but I think this was because they were very crowded.

The bill came to about $90 w/tip, more than I would ordinarily spend on a single meal, but this was a celebratory dinner.

Overall I enjoyed the meal, though found the incidentals (appetizers and salads) to be overpriced. I would go back, though I don't know if would go out of my way to do so.

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