Twenty years ago on one of my first visits to the Mouse and Orlando, my friends and I stumbled upon Cafe Tu Tu Tango. I remember reading the menu at the door thinking, oh I’m going to need to go out to eat after this dinner….little plates? Seriously?
Well, was I ever wrong. Not only was the food amazingly delicious, the portions were large enough to share and no one left hungry that night.
Fast forward twenty years and I’ve finally made it back to the restaurant that had achieved legendary status on my list of all-time favorite meals. I had often talked about going back to Cafe Tu Tu Tango, but every time I was in Orlando, for one reason or another it just never happened. Maybe I had imagined how good dinner was. Would reality be as good as my memories?
As I read the menu I was tempted by every dish I read and I was getting a little giddy from the anticipation of what was to come. I needed a little liquid refreshment to calm my nerves and prepare my stomach for the gastronomical wonderland that was sure to follow. The house-made Award Winning Sangria was just what the doctor ordered, it calmed me enough to pick out a few small plates to get the meal started.
It didn’t take long to find out that my memory was intact, and truth be told the little plates at Cafe Tu Tu Tango were better than I had remembered. Fish Taco’s, Argentinean Chimichurri Steak, Tuscan Meatballs, Mediterranean Flatbread and of course Spiced Alligator Bites……sigh. Delicious beyond belief would be the phrase on my lips at the end of the evening.
As we got ready for another round, our waiter reminded us about dessert….. We almost forgot.
Desserts were ordered. Creme brulee for my niece, chocolate dipped cheesecake lollipops for my wife and for me the ultimate dessert on the menu, Chocolate Calzone. This dessert was baked to order, stuffed with white and dark chocolate, served with whipped cream and coffee ice cream. They had to basically roll me out of the restaurant after dessert……sigh
Was I happy? Most definitely! Sometimes reality is better than memories and you can bet I’ll be back to make more memories, and it won’t take another 20 years.
Cafe Tu Tu Tango is located 8625 International Drive in Orlando. Sunday – Thursday 11:30 am – 11 pm; Friday – Saturday 11:30 am – 12 pm. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm; Tu Tu hour Monday – Friday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
Share small plates with your friends from their scratch kitchen, while you enjoy an amazingly artistic atmosphere and live entertainment.