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YYC: Tango Bistro (in Smugglers)

truthserum | Feb 14, 2010 01:59 PM

The most recent new restaurant to be carved out of Smugglers on Macleod Tr. is the Tango Bistro. They've renovated the front dining room facing Macleod, and it looks much more modern. Lots of dark wood and glass panels, visible wine storage, a large fireplace beside a central bar, and plenty of booths around the outside edges.

The tag line on Opentable is that "Tango Bistro serves small plates/share plates in a vibrant modern casual setting". Most dishes seemed to be in the $8 - $10 range, with small shot glass dessert cakes at $2.50. There was a full page wine list, and another page with cocktails and beer, including several less typical brews (e.g. Duvel, St. Bernardus, Innes & Gunn, etc.).

We enjoyed the following:
-Korean Bulgogi, came in a bowl with half a dozen pieces or so, with kimchi
-Shortrib Sliders, came 3 on the plate with a small bowl of baked beans
-Boar Bacon Flatbread, with mushroom and tomato jam, which was sliced into about 5 or 6 strips about an inch wide
-Pork Empanadas, three on the plate with a pineapple salsa
-Turducken, three portions, which seemed to have started as a roll or log, and then sliced with lollipop sticks in each round piece
-Chocolate lollipops, two with rasperry flavored filling with a hard outer chocolate shell
-Mango Tres Leche Cake in a shotglass

The menu also had quite a few other items. From memory, there was a twisted fish and chips with eel, prawn and mussel dishes, meatballs, proscuitto wrapped dates, salad rolls, yam fries, and probably a dozen more.

The items arrive as they are ready, so some items ordered together may not always arrive at the same time. We chose to order a couple at a time, and then order the next ones when the past order arrived. This kept a fairly steady flow, without jamming the table with too many plates.

All in all it was an enjoyable meal, with lots of different items to try, friendly service, and a much improved decor.

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