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Steak Tartare in Edmonton?

Bob Mac Nov 12, 2007 07:48 AM

I have a hankering for good steak tartare.

Can anyone recommend a restaurant that serves this treat? I am looking for the coarsely chopped bright red version, spiced hopefully to order.

By the "chopped bright red version" I mean to differentiate it from the very finely ground, dark brown and highly flavoured version one might get at for example, the Bistro Praha or perhaps Continental Treat.

I am thinking of something like one might get at the bisto-styled restaurants in Montreal like L'Express on Saint Denis or Alexandre's downtown.

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    hsk RE: Bob Mac Nov 12, 2007 10:51 PM

    I'd suspect that due to liability issues not too many places serve it anymore. Last time I had it was about 1985 at the Ranchmens' Club in Calgary, they brought it to the table as a hunk of raw filet, chopped it tableside and added spices. I didn't know then what I know now, so I never wondered about the possible e-coli lurking on the exterior of the meat. I never got sick, and I expect 9999 out of 10000 don't either, but I haven't noticed it on menus recently.

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      littlegreenpea RE: hsk Nov 13, 2007 10:13 AM

      I think it has less to do with liability issues and more to do with local tastes; it's probably just not a popular menu item around here, and so it's harder to find. Things are a little different in Toronto, Montréal and Québec.

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      MrsCris RE: Bob Mac Nov 13, 2007 06:14 AM

      Well, I can't speak to L'Express or Alexandre's (not having been there) but Cafe Select has steak tartare on the menu. I haven't been there in a few years, but when MrCris and I frequented the place, he spoke highly of it. It was indeed chopped and bright red and spiced. I quick glance at their online menu shows it still there: "Traditional, highly seasoned raw beef tenderloin, chopped fine, with toasted rye".
      I've heard complaints about the service, but I must say I love the menu there. I look forward to returning the next time MrCris wants to take me out on a date.

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        Bob Mac RE: MrsCris Nov 13, 2007 11:42 AM

        Both spots in Montreal were outstanding MrsCris.

        Thank you for the recommendation of Cafe Select. That is a spot which has fallen off my "dining out radar" for no particular reason.

        The original spot downtown on 106th Street used to be a favourite especially when Brian Vickstrom was the chef. Their rack of lamb was outstanding but I have not been in over a decade I suspect.

        I was never a fan of when it was in Commerce Court [before Chance now Luxe] and have been to their southside location [where Turtle Creek Cafe used to be I think].

      2. littlegreenpea RE: Bob Mac Nov 13, 2007 10:15 AM

        Good luck finding it Bob Mac. The only place I've seen beef tartare in any form out here is at Bistro Praha.

        1. opus RE: Bob Mac Nov 15, 2007 07:20 PM

          The Moose Factory has it, don't remember color or texture, but it was spiced nicely
          4810 Calgary Tr.
          Edmonton, AB

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            glitch RE: Bob Mac Nov 25, 2007 03:24 PM

            Hi there,
            I get my regular fix of steak tartare at Accent European Lounge 82ave and 104th. I've never tried tartare at Bistro Praha or Continental Treat so I cannot compare, but whenever I order it from Accent, its a medium ground, red patty with spices and minced onions.There are 2 sizes you can order and it comes with garlic and fried bread.

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              edmontonfoodie RE: glitch May 27, 2010 02:05 PM

              If you had the steak tartar at Accent Lounge, then you had the steak tartar at Bistro Praha ( the chef from Bistro works at Accent Lounge and the recipe is the same). I personally love their steak tartar.

              I have had Character's Steak Tartar and I would recommend it. I used to work there and alot of regular customers would ask Shonn to make it for them as a special request. Glad to see he put it back on the menu.

              I have had the Steak Tartar at Cafe Select too. I find their food kind of hit-and-miss. Hope this is helpful.

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              Evolution2k RE: Bob Mac Dec 17, 2007 12:55 PM

              I had a steak tartare like you are describing at Characters downtown ~$16, it was a new menu so it should still be available. Also about 2 weeks ago I got the steak tartare at Sage (Out at River Cree), it was a finer texture than at Characters but I preferred Sages version.

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