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Apr 4, 2007 11:03 AM

tuna tartar options...

My friend was asking me of some restaurants with great tuna tartar dishes.

I've had the ones at oishii and i think uni but if there are any stand out ones that you guys would recommend that would be great.


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  1. This dish has become like that chocolate cake with the oozing molten center: inescapable, dull, on way too many menus. But I had a really nice one recently at Ariadne in Newtonville. Theirs is topped with a Maine crab salad and has a cucumber-mango salsa-like dollop on the side. That was the first tuna tartare I'd had in a while that didn't bore me half to death.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I very much agree with you. I had it at Eastern Standard recently and it was very blah.

      I really like the version at Prezza. It's served with a salad and fried oysters and light citrus dressing. The rich fresh tuna sort of stands out more when served with these contrasting flavors.

      1. re: kittychow

        ubiquitous. i agree with the poster below that sibling's is quite good. and it's the one thing i had at rustic kitchen that was tasty. everybody raves about mistral's, but i thought it was just ok. the poke at sorrelina is better.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          Mistral is like Sanjaya. Not very good but keeps getting a lot of votes. The tartare is at best a 4 on the Jfood scale

          1. re: jfood

            The cool, creamy-fatty, slightly sweet morsels of hyper-fresh yellowtail, the hint of ginger, the piquant, salty tang of what taste like a house-made soy sauce—plus a scattering of those wispy, crispy crunchies.... I think it's one of the best I've ever had. And I hate Sanjaya.

            Maybe Jfood scale needs some re-calibrating?! ;)

            1. re: wittlejosh

              not to get in a catfight, but i agree with jfood. that presentation is beyond hackneyed at this point, and every time i've had it, it's over-dressed. except for the pizzas, i find mistral generally over-rated.

              i had to google sanjaya, lol.

              1. re: hotoynoodle


                Fine. There's more of the hackneyed stuff for me to eat, then.

              2. re: wittlejosh


                Now that you've given us the Simon-esque review of Sanjaya, what do you think of the tartare at Mistral. :-))

                The entrees were worse. This place is great for a pizza at the bar, but overrated on the rest.

          2. re: kittychow

            Just had the one at Prezza last Friday and I agree - quite good. The fry job on the oyster was light and left the oyster briney and delicious.

            1. re: gini

              I like Prezza's too, and would add Sorrelina (with mostarda) and Mistral (ginger and soy). I also like the tuna tartare at the Good Life (with sesame aioli on top of seaweed salad, garnished w/homemade potato chips)

              1. re: Rubee

                Sounds like the Good Life version is Scelfo's recipe from NSG? Love that one, with a hint of sesame oil and crunchy seaweed.

        2. I love the version at Sibling Rivalry. The tuna is nicely flavored and served atop sticky rice with seaweed, cucumbers and pickled ginger. It's one of my favorite versions.

          1. Sorellina had some good tartar.

            1. Olives nad one of the original best during the "good old days" and I've heard their food is getting better again. They used to serve some of the freshest tune in the city combined with lots of spices, including something Vietnamese with a little kick. The tuna was held together with thin slices of cucumber and had some crunchy rock shrimp in the bottom to compliment the smooth texture of the tune. It was great. Can anyone verify whether or not it is still on the menu and if it's as good as ever?

              Mistral's is good but, I agree, it's getting old.

              Sorrelina's is good, nice wasabi kick, but same thing it gets old.

              I had a nice tuna tartare on special at B&G last week paired with salmon tartare.

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              1. re: BostonBarGuy

                I rave about Mistral's. I think it's the best in the city.

                Federalist used to have a good one, too, but I haven't had it in a while.

                1. re: wittlejosh

                  Mistral, yes. It hasn't changed in years, but very good.

              2. Try 28 Degrees! They have a very good version!