Paella, like a wedding, celebrates the union of well-matched elements by pelting them with rice. Celebrate an ancient institution with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Spanish-American fare at Café Tu Tu Tango, located at the The Block at Orange in the City of Orange entertainment complex .
Café Tu Tu Tango, a Food Channel Raves & Faves featured restaurant, conjures the vibrant colors, eclectic aromas, and bold flavors of an authentic Spanish-American restaurant. Peruse the menu while riling up your tummy with the Spanish antipasto appetizer, a tantalizing spread of serrano ham, Spanish chorizo, manchego cheese, and vegetables served with warm rosemary flatbread ($9.95). For the restaurant’s take on a classic Spanish entree, plunge into the paella, wherein clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari, andouille sausage, and chicken play tag on a playground of saffron risotto ($12.95). Quaff a carafe of house-made sangria concocted from a seven-generations-old Spanish recipe with a history more legendary than Ben Franklin's 360-windmill dunk.
With exposed brick walls, wooden ceiling beams, a roaring fireplace, and original art from local artists, Café Tu Tu Tango calls to mind a bohemian artist’s loft. On sun-glazed days customers can enjoy their meal on a patio furnished with a purple couch and a scarlet easy chair.
Café Tu Tu Tango
At Café Tu Tu Tango, edibles and art merge with far more dynamism than your average still life. Paintings and brick pillars surround the tables, where pizzas decked in pears and brie flank the miniature campfires of tabletop s'mores. Murals and mosaics fill the space beneath counters, and plush sofas on the patio replace the chairs and moss-covered motorcycles of traditional outdoor seating. Even the napkins "are a rainbow of jewel toned colors," reports The Food Channel's "Raves & Faves" feature, which labels the restaurant's design "pure local artist eclectic." The review documents the café's other artistic quirks, including the dessert menu's catalogue of painted depictions, the commissioned artists who compose their opuses live in the space, and the range of performers who parade through the restaurant, from belly dancers to balloon artists.
The kitchen makes its own chicken and beef empanadas alongside six types of skewers, which spear meats such as salmon, shrimp, and steak. A classic sangria recipe complements bites of roasted pears or mango-duck quesadillas, and seven specialty pizzas bake in a brick oven. To top off an original lunch date, groups can visit nearby attractions such as Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center.
20 City Blvd. W
Orange, California 92868Get Directions