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Jan 31, 2007 10:32 AM

Horse in Toronto?

Does anybody know any restaurants in Toronto that serve Horse?! I've had it in Montreal and enjoyed. I've never seen it on a menu in Toronto though...any ideas?

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  1. La Pallette in Kensington has a Quack and Track dish consisting of horse and duck, although I'm not sure it's listed on the menu.

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    1. re: jamesm

      it's not listed on the menu and you can get just a horse steak if you choose to do so.

      i believe coca has horse tenderloin listed as one of their tapas dishes, a much less refined method of eating it as it's skewered. but it is making it's way through toronto in various forms, even if it's just a special of sorts.

    2. Batifole serves horse tartare.

      1. "Quack and Track"?! You can't be serious! That's pretty funny!

        Actually, I should have defined - I'm not looking for Tartare (I'm daring but not that daring!). A good Horse Steak would get me trotting along nicely (excuse the horrible pub!).

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        1. re: Tboy

          I had the quack and track- my horse was not so great. My husband had just the horse- it appeared to be a much better cut and was tastier. Not sure what the reason for this was or if others have had similar experiences?

        2. I wish I could take credit for it, but it's real. I've never tried it but I have heard good things. I'm wondering what that tartare would be like though.

          1. Batifole's horse tartare is UNBELIEVABLE

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            1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

              My wife owns a horse and we both ride, so I'm not allowed to eat any in restaurants. I am curious what it's like, though.

              1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                could you describe it please . . . in detail.

                I totally think of myself as an adventurous eater, and love tartare, but I have such a block about horse tartare. I keep imagining it to be stringy and sour, like bad game.

                help me find the courage to try it

                1. re: orangewasabi

                  it's actually quite similar to beef, I actually find it to be more mellow. Obviously it's also leaner.

                  Batifole's version is indeed quite tasty.

                  1. re: orangewasabi

                    It is extremely tender and has a slight sweetness to the taste (very subtle but present). Not at all stringy or "gamey" tasting. I've also had BBQ'd tenderloin in Iceland (where it is also quite popular). So tasty, and much more memorable than most beef dishes.

                    Batifole serves it with quite a bit of garlic. Honestly, just try it-you won't be disappointed.

                    1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                      That fits with my memory. I had shredded horse on farfalle in Venice last fall, and it too was sweet. I found the both the flavour and texture quite distinctive (neither good or bad, just notably un-beef/pork-like), but that may have been just perception - I was pretty conscious of it being horse.

                      1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                        I had horse sashimi once ... very soft and more subtle than beef.