Cuisine & Wine Aboard Tango

Tango's on-board chef specializes in cuisine de terroir, using only the freshest locally sourced meats, sea food, fish, and produce prepared using traditional methods and recipes unique to the region. This is the true cooking of the French people.

The Finest Cuisine and Wines du Terroir du Languedoc

Tango's owner, Chef Daniel Sak, with Ashley James of Cuisine CultureCuisine served aboard Tango focuses on the rich culinary tradition of the cruising area, the Languedoc. A Mediterranean climate provides sun ripened fruits, vegetables, olive oil and herbs, while the robust traditional fare of the Southwest offers foie gras, duck and tender lamb from the Pyrenees. A fantastic choice of fine cheeses and increasingly prominent wines from vineyards once favoured by the Romans complete each meal.

Tango's owner, Daniel Sak, graduate of the French National Cooking School in Beaune, Burgundy, designs all menus and oversees sourcing of ingredients, and selection of wines served onboard Tango. Tango's onboard chefs welcome passengers with a strong interest in cooking and are happy to share recipes, techniques and philosophy on fine dining. All of the meals prepared on board Tango are made with garden market produce bought daily, the best quality meats and poultry from the farms of the Southwest of France, and fresh Mediterranean seafood and fish.

Pétit Dejeuner — Each morning risers are greeted by a smiling hostess serving freshly squeezed orange juice, warm freshly baked baguettes and croissants from the boulangerie, locally homemade jams, cereals, fresh fruit, yogurts, café au lait, decaf or regular coffee, teas, hot chocolate and eggs for protein breakfasts.

Midi — Wonderful salads, soufflés, quiches, charcuterie, soups, barge-made fresh pasta, pizzas and tartes are prepared along with specialties from the farmer's markets such as the olive and cheese 'cakes'. The fish mongers of the 100 year old covered market of Narbonne provide seafood for paella, monk fish, mussel bourride and seafood spaghetti. Cheese platters complete the mid day feast and of course the choice of chilled rosé, white and red wines.

Favourite lunch — Salade Niçoise, as colourful as delicious, nothing missing down to the just tender fresh green beans and capers. Flaky pastry tarte topped with caramalized onions, roasted figs, melted goat's cheese laced with honey and herbes de Provence.

Soir — Each evening an entrée featuring seasonal produce and local delicacies will be a light and delicious mise en appetit to enhance your appetite. Hearty and flavorful main courses, dressed up and served in fine style ,either alfresco on deck or on candlelit tables, making each evening a romantic slow food delight. Desserts are composed of the great French classics, rich and divine.

Le Vin — During your cruise you will have the occasion to visit some of the Chateau wine domaines of the vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see through which the Canal cruises. Each meal will introduce you to the region's fine red and white wines as you 'deguste' the excellent Corbieres and Minervois. A careful selection both from the sandy soils of the Mediterranean coast to the rich reds of the sundrenched inland valleys and foothills will be matched with the dishes prepared by the chef. There is also the 'champagne' of Limoux, which will be served as a chilled aperitif.

Soft drinks and mineral waters, tea and coffee are available all day, wine offered at all meals. The Chef will choose wines to accompany each course at dinner.

 Sample Dinner Menus 

Petite salade de Mesclun, Asperges du Printemps
A gourmet salad of baby greens topped with fresh asparagus laced with olive oil and Jerez vinegar

Gambas flambées au Pastis
Succulent shrimp flambee in Pastis

Confit de Canard
Confit duck from Castelnaudary
Patates rotis au gras du Canard
Roast potatoes in duck fat
Tomates Provencales
Garlic, breadcrumb, parsley topping on sweet oven roasted tomatoes

Plateau de Fromage
Cheese platter

Fraises Tiramisu
Fresh strawberries folded into a delicious double cream and cognac laced tiramisu


Terrine de coquilles St. Jacques aux herbes
Scallop and fresh garden herb terrine on bed of frisee salad with Roquefort dressing

Ravioli farci au ricotta et épinards
Sauce au beurre de sauge

Freshly made ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach
with a sage butter sauce

Tango filet de bœuf au foie gras
Succulent tender beef filet steak with seared foie gras
Ratatouille en pyramide
A pyramid of roasted eggplant, zucchini, bellpepper, sweet garden tomato sauce

Plateau de fromage
Cheese platter

Fondant au chocolat
Crème anglaise, coulis au fruits rouges

Rich and warm moist chocolate cake with red berry coulis and crème anglaise custard

 Sample Lunch Menus 

Provençal Ratatouille
With Fresh Anchovies and Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe)

Homemade Cassoulet

Plateau de Fromages
An assortment of our favorite, locally sourced French cheeses

Fruit Salad with Raspberry Sorbet


Paella de Tango
An exquisitely fragrant combination of fresh Mediterranean fruits de mer- gambas shrimp, calamari, mussels, langoustines, and clams - simmered with onions, garlic, saffron, red bell peppers, and locally grown rice

All lunches and dinners are served with the Captain's selection of fine regional wines