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Apr 26, 2008 06:33 PM

Best steak tartar?

I've had a couple really nice ones in TO. The horse version at Batifole is nice, but agree with some posters that seasoning may be a bit too much. Had weezie's last night. Damn, it was good. Meat wasn't diced too small. If any of you remember The Strand on Victoria St. (since closed)...they made a nice one.

Can anyone suggest who makes the best tartar in TO? To keep it simple, let's not cover tuna versions.

As an aside, the bison tartar at Au Pied de Cochon was probably the best I've had.

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  1. Now this is my kind of question!!!
    Steak Tartare is my very favourite thing to eat! The best two places in my opinion are without a doubt... Auberge du Pommiers and Bistro 990! I am not interested in any other version of Tartare be it horse, bison or tuna. It's BEEF STEAK pure and simple, preferably with the egg mixed in instead of sitting on top. Bistro 990's comes with a raw quail egg on the top..

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    1. re: pearlD

      Sorry, but I feel that I must add my $0.02 to this discussion.

      I found the tartare at Bistro 990 to be awful. In fact, I didn't mean to insult the chef but questioned the waiter about whether it was possible that I was tasting ketchup - without batting an eye, he confirmed that the chef at 990 uses ketchup in his tartare! I don't wish to sound pretentious - but ketchup!?

      1. re: xmtler

        That is so weird! I'm pretty good at detecting what's in my Steak Tartare and I simply won't believe that there's ketchup in it at Bistro 990...I'll have to go for Lunch and check it out...I have had it many times (Bistro 990) and this ketchup business simply sounds so strange ! It certainly calls for a re-visit...........

        1. re: pearlD

          Actually, ketchup itself is not that unusual. If you could actually taste it *as* ketchup, then there was probably too much in the melange.

    2. I had an amazing steak tartar at Didier. The seasoning was spot on and it came with all the traditional accompaniments. The only issue I had was that the portion was quite large, so worth trying though...

      Good luck!

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      1. re: City Girl

        I'd second Didier too, it's incredible, melt-in your-mouth.

        1. re: City Girl

          I second didier. The rest of my meal was a little up and down but the tartar was grrreat. I found the portion size to be just right but to be fair to City Girl I'm a pretty big guy.

        2. Le Select is pretty good. Comes with toast points and their incredible frites.

          1. The best tartare I've had in the city is at Thuet at brunch. Globe has a tasty version of horse tartare. There is something about horse that is "sweeter" tasting meat than traditional beef. I found the same thing with the horse tenderloin at Via Allegro.

            1. Best I 've had is at Thuet, about a year ago, offered as an appitizer at lunch, portion is large and includes the quail egg on top...

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              1. re: Recyclor

                Right there with you! The tartare at Thuet is wonderful - so smooth and delicious - I wish i was eating it right now...