Tangö Contemporary Café – Honolulu, HI

Another post about Tangö Contemporary Café, what can I say? I’m a fan! We don’t come here nearly as much as we used to but I think we come at least twice a year? Food and service is consistently good and it gives me a good excuse to check out Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx while I’m here. Small changes were made here and there, unfortunately, not for the better. I will explain more.

Torani Italian Soda (Passion Fruit) | $5.00

I don’t really drink much alcohol (let Suntory be an example of why I don’t drink much) so I gave this a try. I’m not usually a fan of cream based drinks so I asked for the cream on the side which they happily complied with. I added the cream in and actually enjoyed it quite a bit! Creamy but also refreshing because of the passion fruit. Yum!

Salmon Board | $21.00
gravlax, smoked salmon, smoked salmon rilette, labneh, rye bread

OMG, I hate to do a comparison but I had this in 2019 and it costs $13.00 back then. Crazy! The board is still good as before although I could not tell you the difference between all the different salmons on the board. We just ate em.

Complimentary Bread

We got served the salmon board and I was wondering if they would bring out the bread. I love their bread so much. Or do I just love pesto so much? Does it matter? It’s soooo good. If they didn’t bring the bread out automatically, I would have asked for sure. And yes, I have asked for seconds before. Living that best life.

Washugyu Steak | $40.00
grilled washugyu flap steak, caramelized onion umami butter, herb roasted potatoes

Wow I need to stop looking at my old blog posts. They used to have a grilled new york steak with kauai shrimp which was my friend’s go to dish. We were disappointed when we noticed it was gone from the menu and this was the closest dish. It was just a meh dish, nothing special. Oh and the steak and shrimp plate before was $29!!! Inflation times are wild…

Beef Stroganoff | $30.00
mustard sour cream demi-glace, house-made fettuccine

I felt like a homey cozy dish and this is what i got. Definitely hit the spot for that but I couldn’t help but think that I could make this for way less. Sorry sorry…this post is getting clouded by prices! It was good. But there are other dishes on the menu that offer more “bang” for your buck.

Kona Coffee Ice Cream Cake | $8.00
kona coffee, vanilla and italian chocolate ice cream, chiffon cake

Okay okay, I hate to compare one last time. But their portion for this dish got WAY smaller and now costs $1.00 more. Here’s a picture of the old version. Kind of a bummer yeah?

Chocolate Brownie | $8.00
served with vanilla bean ice cream

This was my dessert. I felt like something warmed up so this hit the spot. Was good! One of the few times I will eat vanilla ice cream (when it’s served with chocolate on the side).

10 responses to “Tangö Contemporary Café – Honolulu, HI

  1. vickinags

    I’ve been dying to try their boards but only available for dinner.
    oh, yah, when you think of pre-covid prices compared to now, aiyaaah!

  2. Too expensive for me. I am a cheaps eater.
    Speaking of which, I just did a take out at Beastside Kitchen in Niu Valley. It was pretty dang good! I ordered their garlic shrimp plate, bbq chix salad, guava bbq chicken plate and a keiki meal – and was only $64! (Only, lol.). I would post about it but I forgot to take pictures.

    • Jenny

      I totally get it. It’s getting harder and harder to dine out nowadays. I find myself wanting to just cook or pick up take-out. Beastside?? I’ll have to check it out! Thank you for sharing!

  3. kat

    wow expensive and smaller portions

  4. Arlene

    Yikes, that barely there ice cream cake with the 1/6 of a strawberry?! Lately, I’ve been seriously wondering why restaurant food is so bland & not worth it anymore. I’m more than willing to pay the higher prices, but annoyed by the poor quality again & again. I guess the solution is to just patronize the old reliable places if they’re still around.

    PS: Were you the one who mentioned Rico Rico chicken by the Moilili Longs? If so, thank you! It was super good!

    • Jenny

      Right Arlene?? I would get the price increase if the size of the dessert remained the same but it feels like such a pity. Yeah it’s getting harder and harder to dine out for good food. I find myself patronizing the same places over and over which makes it hard to blog haha.

      Yes, I was the one who mentioned Rico Rico! So glad you tried and liked it! Kind of pricey but worth it to support this one man business! I should go again soon!

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