Fish Type: Haddock Price: $13.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Most of the early reviews of Tanget hinted at good service, but a menu that lacked cohesiveness leaving people wanting structure. Well, we waited for a while (until Tanget was no longer the new kid on the block), and decided to give them their moment in the sun, well, at least as far as Fish Fry is concerned.
This Friday the special was a $13 haddock which from sounds of it looks like it rotates from week to week. The two thin pieces were really good, but in all honesty the portion was a too conservative for my tastes. To their credit, the fish was smeared with a light beer batter that was super flavorful. The paper it sat on was equally smeared with what appeared to be grease, but for the life of me I didn't taste a drop of it in the fish.
Some fat julienne-cut fries (complete with skin) were simply excellent, and, unlike the fish, they came in droves. The Friday mantra: starve them on the fish, force feed them on the fries... The tartar had the look of a Parmesan peppercorn dressing, but the flavor was in the right spot. It was definitely made in-house, and a step up form the Sysco standard.
Tanget is all hip and modern, and as a hip-mod place they don't serve bread with their Fish Fry. Curse those gluten-hatin' hipsters! Of course, there is still some slaw, and this dish was as unique as we've seen in a while. There was some broccoli in there and all sorts of other stuff too. It had a pleasant flavor and I ate 'er all.
Tanget is an easy place to have high expectations of - new building, amazing location next to the even more amazing Sylvee (seriously if you haven't been to a show there check it out), and slick vibe. It's also an easy place to nit-pick, especially though growing pains, but I have to say the Fish Fry was downright decent despite the conservative potion of actual fish. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and will be back, maybe even on a show night since they apparently don't get all that swamped despite the omnipresent crowds...
803 E Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703