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Mar 13, 2008 11:07 PM

cheval in Toronto?

Yes, HORSE! I had it as La Palette and loved it.

Any other horse on offer in Toronto?

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  1. someone will inevitably say batifole for their horse tartare, but i find the delicate sweetness of horse meat is sadly long gone after they mix in the obscene amount of onion and mustard they use.

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    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      Yes, obscene amount of capers, onions, mustard etc... in almost every tartare that I order in this city. I can't even taste the meat anymore.

      The problem is that most people are completely divided in the tartare camp. Some (like us) prefer it almost naked. Essentially this is the classic version. IMO, accoutrements like capers, and onions should simply serve to enhance the quality of the meat, in addition to the overall texture of the dish. This is particularly true of horse meat because of it's delicate sweetness.

      If you don't like raw meat, and/or are afraid of it, why order it?

      1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

        I weigh in with my agreement about Batifole's tartare. The night that I had it, I don't think that it was mustard, but a hot sauce (?!?) of some sort. I had a serious sweat going on. I might order it again, but I'll specify that they *halve* the volume of additional ingredients.

    2. They have horse carpaccio at 7 numbers. I really like the place, but this one's disappointing. It's a very skimpy portion.

      1. Coca often has a Bresaola version (either on their 'deli-meat' platter or individually).

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        1. re: estufarian

          They also had a horse carpaccio special when I was there recently. I also had a lovely horse carpaccio at Amuse Bouche.

        2. I had a great horse tenderloin at Pangea on Bay. Pricey but SO GOOD!

          1. i believe they also serve it at Amuse Bouche

            My PM at work was going to celebrate her birthday there, until she found out that horse is on the menu. She doesn't ride anymore, but she rode growing up so she is now boycotting the restaurant. lol.

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            1. re: c_snapper

              I know how she feels. I used to ride too and I have a problem with eating horse meat, even though I'm fairly adventurous foodwise. I know I will never eat horse meat but I wouldn't go so far as to avoid a restaurant because of it, lol.

              1. re: JamieK

                You're missing out. It is delicious.