A Taste of Red

Nov 03, 2011 No Comments by

Argentina is associated with succulent steak, passion and seductive dancing. Without the need to travel thousands of miles, we have the luxury of fantastic authentic Argentinian cuisine here in Marbella at Tango Restaurante.

Located in the heart of Puerto Banús, opposite Antonio Banderas Square, this exquisite eatery has built up quite a reputation over the years. Steeped in history, Tango Restaurante is known for its attention to detail and mouth-watering menu. The Argentinian owner has past restaurant experience, as his family previously owned and ran hotels and restaurants in Argentina and Marbella. The manager also has similar experience and will always greet you with a beaming smile, ensuring the restaurant maintains a healthy crowd of returning regulars.

A combination of outdoor dining on the terrace and the option of eating inside means Tango can cater for private parties and groups. The interior is designed in authentic Argentinian style, the paintings provided by the owner’s close friends in Madrid, where he previously owned a restaurant before dedicating his time to Tango.

The decorative dishes are so fresh and clean they are almost like a work of art. It seemed shameful to ruin the design of the plates, but we simply couldn’t resist. This is credit to the chefs, one Argentinian specialising in the large charcoal grill, the other, a former employee at the famous La Fonda Restaurant in Marbella.

All meats in Tango are sourced from Argentina, the other fresh produce is sourced locally, cementing Tango’s reputation for having the best solomillo and entrecôte in the area. The extensive menu is never-ending, with many different steak dishes to savour. Rib eye or fillet, sirloin or t-bone, there are a wealth of delectable delights on offer. We had the privilege of sampling the signature solomillo and entrecote. The former was succulent and bursting with flavour, whilst the entrecote had a firm texture, was wonderfully juicy and was cooked to perfection. The side dishes of buttery mash, creamed spinach and tender asparagus flawlessly complemented the steak dishes.

You don’t have to be a steak lover to enjoy your dinner at Tango; there are many other delightful dishes available. We also sampled crispy goats’ cheese in filo pastry with flower honey and apple sauce. This starter was light and refreshing, exactly what any diner needs before a juicy steak dish. Another of the starters, salmon gravadlax, with tartare of salmon, drizzled with mustard sauce was divine, and the classic prawn cocktail dish was given a modern twist and served draped over a Guadeloupe melon

To complete our gastronomic journey, we feasted on Tango’s traditional Argentinian crepe with dulce de leche, created by slowly caramelising condensed milk and sugar. My fellow guest, who comes from South America, assured me that the skilled kitchen staff had perfected the art of this quintessential Latin dish.

Tango’s extensive wine list allows each diner to sample a taste of Argentina. An Arzuaga was recommended by the helpful and knowledgeable staff. This Ribero del Duero perfectly complemented the aromas and textures of the steaks. Also, Proto, Muga and many other reservas were available. If you aren’t into wines they also have a wide selection of beers, spirits and soft drinks to enjoy.

This authentic restaurant has to be experienced to be truly appreciated. We expect Tango Restaurante will maintain its traditions and will still be serving excellent Argentinian meats for many years to come.

Tango Restaurante

Paseo de Ribero, Puerto Banus
ES-29601 Marbella, Malaga

0034 952 812 358 | www.tangorestaurante.com

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