Last night I decided to meet a couple of my friends for a quickie at the newest hot spot, Victor Tango’s. We decided to stay and eat. Glad we did–we found lots of good bites. Guess who we saw? Our fashion editor Stephanie Quadri (left) and her hunk-of-burning-love husband, Albert. Cocktails? You betcha. The menu sez: “Victor Tango’s is dedicated to the precise rendering of vintage and modern cocktails using freshly squeezed juices, local herbs, and fresh vegetables.” And my Passionfruit Gimlet was pretty and delish: Texas thyme, Tito’s vodka, fresh passionfruit and pineapple juice, very girly. However, the bon vivant scotch drinker in our G-5 was muy turned off by the server who, when asked what kind of single malts they served, answered, “all the beers are listed on the menu.” Luckily she came back to the table with the correct answer: Oban.
Chef David McMillan is working hard to come up with new foodie taste sensations: some of them were over-the-top fab, others just so-so. Loved the little lamb ribs smothered in a chipotle glaze (left), the warm goat cheese dip with tiny roasted tomatoes, sweet potato chips with a spicy red chili mayo. I loved the hanger steak with blue butter but my grumpy friend, not so much. He wanted more blue butter and a “crispier finish to the meat.” My mom loved the crispy skate seasoned with brown butter and a served with a tad of celery root puree while her BFFITWFW raved over the mini carne asado tacos and the lobster sliders. The ground Prime beef burger it superb but the French fries need some love–they weren’t as firm as the experts at our table like them to be and they had a funny aftertaste. Something in the grease? Dunno.
The vibe is groovy, casual, yet sophisticated. Prices are right on: cocktails are $8 while the plates run from $6 to $16. Jump for photos.