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Steak Tartare...the real thing...

countrygirl Jul 5, 2007 07:36 PM

The best steak tartare I ever had was in Munich...a bit far to go, so where's great steak tartare in LA? Note: I had the steak tartare at Fraiche and, maybe they think it's cute, but they serve the meat chopped instead of freshly ground...it simply is not the same dish. I'm looking for the real thing. Thanks.

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  1. russkar RE: countrygirl Jul 5, 2007 07:41 PM

    Actually I prefer CHOPPED and find the typical ground version rather bland or mushy most of the time.
    Best in LA is probably Mimosa(chopped) or TG on Alley(Ground)

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      countrygirl RE: russkar Jul 5, 2007 08:21 PM

      If you've found it mushy, its been over ground; bland...shouldn't be if the best high quality meat was used. Chopped is fine but I found the Fraiche tartare too chunky so it wasn't able to meld the ingredients. And I'm not sure it had a raw egg yolk, a must. Hoping to find the real thing!

      1. re: countrygirl
        mollyomormon RE: countrygirl Jul 5, 2007 08:28 PM

        The Abode one is made with waygu beef and has a raw quail egg on top. Might be what you're seeking...

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      carter RE: countrygirl Jul 5, 2007 07:41 PM

      they have a fairly good one at Mistral in sherman oaks, ventura Blvd. near Dixie Canyon.

      1. mollyomormon RE: countrygirl Jul 5, 2007 07:52 PM

        I had a very good one not long ago at Abode.

        1. Dommy RE: countrygirl Jul 5, 2007 09:23 PM

          For some GROUND raw meat goodness... get the Kitfo at Meals by Genet... it's the best raw steak dish I've had in the city... and I've had LOTS of them... my brother jokes that I should be banned from attending any county fairs because I'd go take a bite out of the cows... LOL!


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            Cicely RE: Dommy Jul 6, 2007 08:45 AM

            I just had the fantastic special kitfo at Awash last night. It's off the Fairfax strip, on Pico.

            I would think that traditional steak tartare would involve minced meat rather than ground... but traditionally it was made with horsemeat, too.

          2. Woolsey RE: countrygirl Jul 5, 2007 09:28 PM

            Funny you should mention steak tartare as the L.A. Times' review of The Polo Lounge opens discussing their rendition of the dish:


            1. sku RE: countrygirl Jul 5, 2007 10:54 PM

              I loved the version at Grace, but am not an expert on tartare. It appeared to be finely ground or maybe minced.

              1. stollingrone007 RE: countrygirl Jul 6, 2007 12:41 AM

                I've had an excellent Steak Tartare at Spago in Beverly Hills. It's topped w/ a raw quail egg.
                This was ~5 years years ago...so it may not be on the menu anymore. But it could be worth a shot.

                1. PlatypusJ RE: countrygirl Jul 6, 2007 10:00 AM

                  The steak tartare at Numbers in West Hollywood is pretty good, plus you get somewhat of a dinner show as the restaurant is a popular meeting area for male escorts and their johns.

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                    carter RE: PlatypusJ Jul 6, 2007 11:13 AM

                    but alas they just lost their liquor license, so I doubt if the johns will be hanging out there much longer!!!

                  2. carln RE: countrygirl Jul 6, 2007 11:31 AM

                    As far as I am aware, hand chopped steak tartare is the real thing. On a trip to France, I found that all restaurants that pride themselves in this dish, specifically state that it is hand chopped and not ground.

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                      countrygirl RE: carln Jul 6, 2007 04:03 PM

                      you're right tho'...i've had it both ways, and i'm just looking for delicious...thnx to everyone...

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                      kotter RE: countrygirl Jul 6, 2007 04:10 PM

                      There used to be a good version at Moustache Cafe (which is now Chocolat(?)) on Melrose near Crescent Heights, but I haven't been there in years.

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                      1. re: kotter
                        jaydee RE: kotter Jul 6, 2007 05:27 PM

                        i've had it there as well. not bad. the grace version - as mentioned above is nice, although skimpy. i've had a delicious version at Ford's filling station.

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