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Cafe Tu Tu Tango - For The Starving Artist!
After driving past and always meaning to pop in for a meal we eventually made it to Cafe Tu Tu Tango on International Drive last night. Marketed as a Spanish artists loft, it is a very lively place! Local artists sell their wares and are on the premises actually creating their art. You can buy all the paintings they produce. There are many on the wall to choose from. It is not just paintings and drawings, I also saw hand painted eggs and metal work. Although I have to say they did seem a little over priced! They also have hourly entertainment in the form of Tango Dancers, we could hear it but not actually see the dancers from our table which was right at the back of the restaurant. I have to say we had a great table as nobody was pushing past and we had just our server for company!
We were told it was a 45-minute wait for a table and were given the obligatory pager. We made our way to the bar and ordered up some drinks. They have a full drinks menu and we settled on cocktails and German beer for the boys. $35 for 5 drinks so not particularly cheap.
After only 15 minutes we were pleasantly surprised when the pager went off and we were called to the table where we met Russell our server who explained Cafe Tu Tu Tango is a Tapas restaurant and how it all worked. We ordered 11 dishes between the 5 of us, one being a rather large antipasto dish and then 2 each. It is a great idea to do this and then all have a nibble of each dish. We thought we would have to order more at the end but we were all full, well not so full we couldn’t squeeze in dessert!
We ordered: Spanish Antipasto (combination of Serrano ham, Spanish Chorizo, Manchego cheese, olive tapenade, roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, red onions and warm rosemary flatbread).
Sesame seared tuna sashimi
Grilled Kim Chee glazed ribs
Cuban grilled steak skewers
Coconut curry mussels (steamed in coconut lime broth with julienne veg)
Barcelona stir fry (cute name for paella)!
Mango duck quesadillas
Dijon chicken skewers
We washed this down with an award winning (!) Bottle of Sangria mixed on the premises.
Then for dessert we squeezed down 2 Creme Brulee, Key Lime Pie, a Cookies and Cream ice cream creation which was huge and a chocolate .
There is a good choice of Tapas for Vegetarians. They and also have a kids menu which consisted of things like Spaghetti, grilled cheese sandwich, chicken fingers (have you ever seen a chicken with fingers?), Cheese pizza and hot dog with fries.
It is definitely worth a visit, check out the website www.cafetututango.com for more info!
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