A small baguette of hot, crusty bread was brought to our table to enjoy while we studied the menu. It was served with a dish of dipping oil.
My guest and I began our meal with the crab and shrimp gnocchi.
Gnocchi, a pillow-like little dumpling, was tossed with lump crabmeat and shrimp and served in a robust cabrales cheese sauce.
It was a delightful way to begin our meal.
Other appetizers include baked brie, shrimp scampi, sea scallops, seafood stuffed piquillo peppers, foie gras, tuna and crab stuffed portobello mushrooms.
Café Tango includes a small salad with each entrée. The evening of our visit, the salads consisted of spring greens, sprouts, shredded carrots and grape tomatoes topped with your choice of delicious house dressings.
My choice was the toasted pecan blue cheese, and my guest chose the raspberry balsamic vinaigrette. Both were outstanding.
Café Tango’s entrees are divided into land, sea and pasta options.
My entrée choice was from the sea – The Tango Fish. The evening of our visit, the fish options were snapper or grouper.
A snapper fillet was pan sautéed and topped with lump crabmeat, mushrooms, roasted red peppers and scallions. The dish was finished with a lemon beurre blanc sauce – absolutely delicious.
My guest chose from the land.
Café Tango offers dry-aged 1855 Black Angus steak in a 16-ounce cowboy cut; bone-in ribeye or 9-ounce tenderloin filet mignon. There are four preparations — portobello, chimichurri, foie gras and gorgonzola.
My guest chose the portobello preparation of the filet mignon which is finished with a red wine demi-glace. The steak was perfectly cooked and amazingly tender.
Each of our entrees was served with mashed potatoes and a delicious vegetables medley that included squash and snow peas.
Other items from the land include duck and lamb chops.
Pasta options at Café Tango include lobster ravioli and shrimp and scallop pasta with tagliatelle pasta served in a light white wine cream reduction.
To finish our meal, we enjoyed a cup of coffee and a shared slice of coconut pecan pie. The pie was served with cream and a scoop of vanilla ice cream — a perfect ending to an amazing meal.
Other desserts include flan, Key lime pie, bread pudding, brownie sundae and crème brulee.
The atmosphere can only be classified as cozy and intimate.
As you enter, there is a small bar area, a main dining area with only a handful of tables and an enclosed porch with four additional tables.
Outside seating is available and would be a nice option on a lovely evening.
Because of the size of the restaurant, I highly recommend making reservations.
Our meal was properly paced, and our waiter was unobtrusive yet available when we had questions.
A final taste
If you would like a wonderful meal in a lovely setting, look no further than Café Tango.
14 Vicki Street
Blue Mountain Beach
6 - 10 p.m. daily
Appetizers $10 - $19
Entrees $26 - $46
Desserts $9 - $11
Credit cards accepted