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Apr 3, 2008 04:25 PM

Steak tartare in LA?

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: CarlieInLA

      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!

      1. re: rameniac

        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.

        1. re: mollyomormon

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

          1. re: budlit

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

    2. 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

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

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        1. re: xoxohh

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

          1. re: Hughlipton

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

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

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          1. re: deadre

            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?

            1. re: deadre

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

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


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                1. re: puppychao

                  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.