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tuna tartar options...

EnderWiggin Apr 4, 2007 11:03 AM

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.


  1. MC Slim JB Apr 4, 2007 11:13 AM

    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
      kittychow Apr 4, 2007 11:16 AM

      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
        hotoynoodle Apr 4, 2007 11:35 AM

        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
          jfood Apr 5, 2007 07:29 AM

          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

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            wittlejosh Apr 5, 2007 07:58 AM

            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
              hotoynoodle Apr 5, 2007 08:13 AM

              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
                wittlejosh Apr 5, 2007 08:52 AM


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

                1. re: wittlejosh
                  hotoynoodle Apr 5, 2007 09:17 AM

                  i'm generous like that! ;)

              2. re: wittlejosh
                jfood Apr 5, 2007 10:54 AM


                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.

                1. re: jfood
                  wittlejosh Apr 5, 2007 01:07 PM

                  The pizza IS pretty fantastic.

          2. re: kittychow
            gini Apr 4, 2007 11:46 AM

            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
              Rubee Apr 4, 2007 11:59 AM

              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
                yumyum Apr 7, 2007 09:25 AM

                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. lissy Apr 4, 2007 11:22 AM

          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. Joanie Apr 4, 2007 11:36 AM

            Sorellina had some good tartar.

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              BostonBarGuy Apr 4, 2007 11:47 AM

              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
                wittlejosh Apr 4, 2007 12:21 PM

                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
                  Zatan Apr 4, 2007 01:41 PM

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

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                upton1039 Apr 4, 2007 07:16 PM

                Try 28 Degrees! They have a very good version!

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                  Gabatta Apr 4, 2007 09:40 PM


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                  1. re: Gabatta
                    EnderWiggin Apr 4, 2007 11:06 PM

                    thanks for all the replies. I'll let her know. the prezza one sounds really good

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                    baconodka Apr 5, 2007 07:11 AM

                    lumiere has an outstanding beef tartare. red curry, lime, perfectly seasoned, absolutely delicious.

                    i second ariadne's version of tuna tartare.

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                      kbw18 Apr 5, 2007 08:36 AM

                      Every single restaurant has it. They all kinda blend in.

                      One that impressed me recently was The Good Life downtown. Served on top of seaweed salad with house-made potato chips. Not the same old tuna tartare!

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                      1. re: kbw18
                        hollybee Apr 5, 2007 09:27 AM

                        LOVE the tuna tartare at the Good Life! Ask for extra chips.

                        1. re: hollybee
                          wittlejosh Apr 5, 2007 01:09 PM

                          I forgot about one: Bonfire's spicy tuna tartare tacos are pretty incredible. Lots of lime, jalapeno and ginger served on crispy corn taco shell with gingered shredded carrots and some sort of green crema. Truly a worthy dish, in a place of not much worthiness otherwise. (Their skirt steak tacos are incredible, too.)

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                        lexpatti Apr 5, 2007 01:37 PM

                        I love Todd English's at Olives

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                        1. re: gini
                          lmarkarian11 Apr 6, 2007 06:21 AM

                          Tuna tartar is still a great dish. I like Sibling Rivalry's version, Good Life and also the Franklin when they have it. There is an interesting tuna/citrus tapas at Toro which is also worth the trip, not always available, though.

                          1. re: lmarkarian11
                            lmmimmo Apr 7, 2007 08:53 AM

                            MISTRAL and 33 have great Tuna Tartare

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