Last month, my foodie pal, Anna of Anna’s Appetite, and I headed to Tango Bistro to try their tasting menu with wine pairings. We had one of those Living Social promotions which included a 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings for two for $60. I’d been to Tango Bistro before a couple of years back when they first opened. I thought their food was decent but not amazing. I was willing to give them another try with the promotion.
We had a set menu of items to choose from. For our first item, we chose the Crab Cakes with old bay seasoning and sauce diable. It was paired with the Jip Jip Chardonnay. The crab cakes tasted fine but we found the accompanying sauce to be a bit overpowering. I didn’t find this dish to be particularly memorable.
Next up were the Seared Scallops with parsnip nutmeg puree and wild mushrooms. It was paired with the Sandhill Pinot Gris. The scallops were nicely seared on the outside and cooked perfectly on the inside. I loved the accompanying wild mushrooms and parsnip puree. The flavours in this dish were really amazing and had that wow factor. It was no surprise that this turned out to be our favorite dish of the evening. I’d definitely order this dish again on my next visit to Tango Bistro.
For our third course, we chose the Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with a blue cheese cream sauce. The beef was paired with the Red Rooster Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend. To me, this dish was just ok. It was beautifully presented but the beef wasn’t as tender nor flavourful as I would have liked.
Lastly, we had the Cheese and Charcuterie Board, which came with tasty morsels of smoked bison, game landjager (sausage), Valbella bünderfleisch (air dried beef), brie, blue cheddar, house pickled vegetables, house made preserves, and spiced crackers. The board was paired with the Seven Terraces Pinot Noir, which was nicely balanced and went well with the meat and cheese.
For dessert, we each got to choose a shot glass dessert from their daily selection and finished off with chocolate truffle pops and a glass of Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Port. I chose the Triple Berry Trifle while Anna had the Apple & Maple Brown Sugar Cheesecake. I enjoyed the Triple Berry Trifle but personally, wasn’t a fan of the Apple & Maple Brown Sugar Cheesecake. The chocolate truffle pops went perfectly with the port. This was a great way to finish off the meal.
Overall, this meal was good value for what we actually paid ($60 plus tax and gratuity for both of us) considering all the wine pairings. However, if it was $60 per person regularly instead, then I wouldn’t think that it’d be good value at all. The food was adequate but not amazing. At $60 per head, I can think of better places to go for more amazing food.
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