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Steak tartare in LA?

foodude Apr 3, 2008 04:25 PM

Anybody got a suggestion for steak tar tar.
Prefer NOT one of the usual steak houses.

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  1. CarlieInLA RE: foodude Apr 3, 2008 04:56 PM

    Had very good beef tartare at Fraiche in Culver City. If you scroll over the "Bar Menu" link you can see a picture. Only served at dinner.


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      rameniac RE: CarlieInLA Apr 3, 2008 09:35 PM

      i finally tried fraiche for the first time last week, and was heartily recommended this by the waitress. it was a good size, but somehow lacked something, maybe it was too mellow. the charcuterie was excellent, but the tartar... mmm... maybe i was expecting too much. not bad; it just didn't quite "wow" me.

      has anyone tried the beef tartare at whist? if it's anything like the buffalo tartare at saddle peak before warren schwartz switched restaurants, i'ma have to try that next!

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        mollyomormon RE: rameniac Apr 3, 2008 10:17 PM

        Hopefully it's better than his pork belly. Last time I dined at Whist the pork belly was so cold and dry it was almost unchewable. I (actually both hrhboo and Sauce Supreme were with me) had a great tartare recently at Bar Hayama, of all places. Orris actually also has a good tartare. Both are appetizer portions and both have a bite.

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          budlit RE: mollyomormon Apr 4, 2008 11:27 AM

          is that a special at Orris? I have not seen it there before

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            mollyomormon RE: budlit Apr 4, 2008 12:09 PM

            Good catch! I realize now thinking back that probably it was a special. It was awesome so hopefully they'll keep it around.

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      karamazov RE: foodude Apr 4, 2008 10:03 AM

      Cafe Des Artist makes a pretty good one. If they mix it for you, ask them to NOT add capers as it makes it way too salty.

      Cafe Des Artiste
      1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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        xoxohh RE: foodude Apr 4, 2008 10:12 AM

        Best tartare I've had in a restaurant is Mistral in Sherman Oaks!

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          Hughlipton RE: xoxohh Apr 4, 2008 01:27 PM

          I'll second Mistral, possibly the best since the Rangoon Racquet Club in Beverly Hills closed.

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            rednyellow RE: Hughlipton Apr 6, 2008 09:52 AM

            I will third Mistral, here goes.... I third it.

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          deadre RE: foodude Apr 4, 2008 12:37 PM

          skip the Grill on the Alley. their version of steak tartar is filled witih mayonaise. it's just awful!

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            Servorg RE: deadre Apr 4, 2008 12:45 PM

            I've had the tartare at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills a couple of times and all it had was freshly ground filet mignon mixed with egg yolks, capers and minced onions. No mayo. And it was delicious. How long ago did you have it when they mixed the mayo in?

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              toitoi RE: deadre Apr 4, 2008 01:17 PM

              Unfortunately, many Paris restaurants have been adding mayo to tartare for years. I think it replusive too.

            2. DanaB RE: foodude Apr 4, 2008 12:56 PM

              They have a tasty steak tartare on the menu at Comme Ca.


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                puppychao RE: DanaB Apr 4, 2008 02:28 PM

                I second Comme Ca.

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                  vinosnob RE: puppychao Apr 8, 2008 08:51 AM

                  Third for Comme Ca.

                  Had the tartare at Fraiche; it was so so.

                  Another very strong contender is Wilshire; perfectly balanced flavors with premium quality beef.

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                sidwich RE: foodude Apr 6, 2008 04:11 PM

                Haven't been recently, but last time I was at Ford's Filling Station in Culver City, the steak tartare was very, very good.

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                  carriedushey RE: foodude Apr 8, 2008 06:40 AM

                  Nick and Steph's downtown has a pretty good tartare. My favorite is the Kobe beef tartare at Craftsteak in Las Vegas.

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