Located on the first floor next to PF Changs at the luxury condo Hokua (1288 Ala Moana Boulevard), Tango is one of Honolulu’s newest restaurants and the brainchild of Tami Orozco (Ta n) and chef Goran (go) Streng.
Tami is my first cousin and sister of Tylun Pang, executive chef at the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel in Maui.
When I heard that Tami opened a restaurant, I had to try it. Tango hasn’t been opened a month and the response from the public has been overwhelming. The night we went to dinner, the place was packed and those without reservations were turned away.
Tango is a little contemporary cafe that seats only 55. It has a counter area in addition to tables, chairs and benches. We were seated near the entrance and were overlooked by those waiting.
Dinner entrees are priced between $18 to $23. For $6.50 more, you can get a soup or salad and a dessert of sorbet.
My sister and I both had the mustard crusted lamb with roasted garlic thyme and onion mashed potatoes ($23 for 4 ribs). One friend had the Hamakua mushroom risotto with garlic shrimp ($17.50) and the other friend had the hoisin glazed salmon ($19.50).
I ordered my lamb medium and although tasty, came out well done. I had the lemon verbana creme brulee for dessert and it was rich and delicious.
My friend who orders risotto everywhere she goes said the risotto was good but prefers the risotto at Sabrinas.
Dinner at Tango’s was leisurely and will please many as time goes on. Tango is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the weekend. To avoid disappointment, call for reservations at 593-7288.