While Central doesn’t want for lunch options, finding an affordable and delicious midday meal offering good value-for-money presents an altogether different challenge. For that, you can look to Argentinian steakhouse Tango, a mainstay on the Central scene that has recently launched a new business set lunch catering to all steak lovers. Specialising in succulent Argentinian beef with an extensive wine list to pair, Tango has long been a perennial favourite amongst carnivorous Centralites looking to get their beef fix, complete with cheerful prices, a rustic and homey ambience, and a centralised location overlooking bustling Wyndham Street.
Tango champions Argentinian beef as some of the best in the world, and rightfully so: roaming free in the fertile pampas of South America, the cattle is renowned for its incomparable texture and rich flavour, rarely needing anything but a sprinkling of salt to enhance the natural flavour of the beef. They’re also butchered according to texture (as opposed to cuts) on the cow, resulting in more even cooking and steaks that can withstand a strong exterior sear without overpowering the pure flavour of the beef.
Starting this month, you can head over to the stylish steakhouse to enjoy a 3-set lunch menu with a tempting range of classic Argentinian dishes. Five options for appetisers cater to a range of palates: from the grilled chicken puttanesca salad with a tangy anchovies and herb dressing, to juicy parillera sausage with a zesty green onion chimichurri. The beef tenderloin tartare riffs on the classic recipe with a roasted onion aioli, while golden-brown beef empanadas are satisfyingly plump, folded in half-moons and crimped at the edges.
For mains, meat eaters can choose from the sumptuous 10oz ribeye, or the lamb “sepulveda” served with buttered potatoes, garlic and salmuera (HK$288 per lunch set). The ribeye is our recommendation; cooked to a beautiful medium rare, the thick slabs of meat — juicy, well-marbled and bearing a deep char — are sprinkled simply with sea salt and served on a rustic cast-iron skillet. The custom wood platter also holds a range of condiments to DIY each bite, from hot mustard to salsa and a bright chimichurri.
For a lighter option, diners can opt for the HK$158 lunch set, with four choices of mains. The Wagyu “Milanesa Napolitana” is a twist on veal parmigiana featuring a breaded slab of beef blanketed in provolone, while the linguini appeals to carb lovers in a classic cherry tomato and parmesan sauce. For a heartier option, opt for the signature dry-aged cheese burger, where a well-seasoned patty is spread with chimichurri mayo and provolone cheese, and topped off with lettuce, tomato and caramelised onions. Each lunch set also includes a side (ratatouille, Provencal-style fries, or mixed salad) to complete your spread.
If you have room to spare, desserts are priced at just HK$48: Tango fans will relish the signature dulce de leche crêpe with almonds, while ice creams are also available drizzled in Amaretto or maple syrup. If you want to be in the thick of the action, make sure to request a table next to the open grill, where the sizzling sounds and smells of fat hitting charcoal are sure to waken your taste buds.