I don’t know for how long I have wanted to dine at Tango bar & kjøkken. Everyone kept telling me that Tango was one of the very top restaurants in Stavanger; a place which is close to my heart since I was born and raised in the neighbor city of Sandnes. The mysterious concrete block building would let me wait for a long time, though.
In fact, I have attempted to book a table at Tango several times, but there have always been some fuckups in the booking system which left me without a table. Once we even showed up, thinking we had a reservation, but it turned out our e-mail was never read by the restaurant. For a period of time, I was a bit annoyed, I’ll admit, and almost scratched the place off my to-visit-list completely. Ironically, I had to be a judge for the Gladmat food festival to finally land me a seat.
That being said, it was not hard to let go of the past, because the team at Tango really delivered a high-quality meal and dining experience. So good, actually, that I had to return several times during the festival to try some extra dishes on the menu and check out the rooftop serving as well. I suspect a lot of the dishes are not presented the same way off-food-festival-season, but the flavors and texture combinations in almost all servings were really outstanding.
The owner Kjartan Skjelde is a profiled Norwegian chef, author, and TV-host. He runs a top-level restaurant in a city that doesn’t even seem to be on the map of the Michelin guide. One can only hope that changes soon. I knew I had seen the restaurant manager Jonathan Lundgren before, and had to ask if he had worked at restaurant Måltid in Kristiansand. That turned out to be correct. Måltid is another restaurant which deserves more attention from the French food tourism book.
Tango Rooftop Terrace
Have you dined at Tango in Stavanger? During the Gladmat food festival, or at regular service? What’s your impression? Please leave a comment below.Lagre