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  1. I'm by no means a tartare expert and have no comparison experience, but we did have a good tartare at Marche 27 on Prince Arthur this summer - its across from the Olde Orchard, just west of St. Laurent.
    You can have it a few different ways. They also have buffalo and tuna (I think they had horse, but dropped it due to lack of demand).

    Also mentioned here
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/501062

    1. Check out the threads:

      Steak Tartar [sic]
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/447495

      Best Steak Tartare?
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/419782

      And, if you can open your zoological window a little wider, make a beeline to Au Pied de Cochon for the bison tartare. (The starter is a more sensibly sized portion for one person than the huge main dish, btw.)

      1. Had bison tartar at au Pied de Cochon on Saturday. Outstanding. I'd go back.

        1. You must try Le Mechant Boeuf in Old Montreal. They even offer a starter dish with 3 kinds of tartar( tuna, salmon and beef) its so delicious! The restaurant is great and very hip.

          1. I can recommend a few places from personal experience...

            1. Helm on Bernard
            2. La Bete Humaine (though be warned, the service here SUCKS)
            3. Lebanese restaurant Daou in Saint-Laurent - technically not a traditional tartare, but their kibbeh nayeh is amazing. This is pounded raw beef mixed with cracked bulgur and seasonings. Utterly delectable.

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            1. re: anachemia

              If you are including kibbeh nayeh (which I absolutely would), then you have to add the kibbeh nayeh from Alep as well. This is a first rate, addictive food product.

            2. Bronte Restaurant : KOBE beef tartar
              l'Appartement : Bison tartar with nuts
              Confusion : Duck tartar
              OTTO ristorante : Tuna Tartar

              You have the choice :)

              1. I'm a born and raised Montrealer and I love Tartare.

                One of the best experience I've ever had (in the world) is at La Queue de Cheval. They make it in front of you and it tastes like silk... outstanding.

                You also can't go wrong with the more traditional French version at places like L'expresse, Holder and L'Appartment.

                1. The last place I really enjoyed a very good protion of prime tartar was M sur Masson.

                  I also really do love bison and tuna best for tartar, and always try to have it where they serve it.

                  Good luck!

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                  1. re: Richelle

                    In my opinion they go as this:

                    #1. Les trois petits bouchons:
                    The egg and the weird mushrooms that comes with give it a nice unique touch.

                    #2 The bison tartare @ Au pied de cochon

                    #3 Tapeo:
                    They add small matchstick fries in it which gives it a nice texture

                    Then you have the usual suspects once again: L'express, Lemeac, etc...
                    But they are nowhere near the 3 mentionned before (at least in my opinion).

                    J.

                    1. re: Jhn

                      yes yes! I had Tapeo's chef's tartare and it is great! But as previously mentioned, there are fries and other ingredients that are not quite conventional. But hey, it IS delicious, so I am lenient about the creativity.

                      1. re: Jhn

                        Ah ha, I am heading to Les Trois ¨Petits Bouchons this Saturnday, I will definately try the Tartar....thank you for mentionning it!

                        1. re: Richelle

                          Hi Richelle,
                          The tartar is not always on the menu, but it's definitly worth it if it is there.
                          If it isn't, the surf and turf with magret de canard, and their bison ribs are amazing.

                          You also need to try the squid in appetizer. That is, if you enjoy seafood. I promise you, it is divine.

                          Have a good meal!

                          J.

                          1. re: Jhn

                            Hello J!
                            Well, I did go last night and mmmmmmmmmmm.

                            The tartar was on the menu and I had it for my main meal, it was worth the trip!
                            It was so full of flavours! It was my first having veal tartar too, I did not think it could be this tasty.

                            As for the rest, I enjoyed oysters, not as good at M sur Masson and more expensive, but great, I did octopus as an appetizer also and as different as it was, i did enjoyed it.

                            The others with me really enjoyed their food also.

                            The menu there is always small, but with the excellent service, the choice of awesome wines that are always perfectly paired to the meals, I really think others should try this treasure of a place.
                            In closing....to Michel from Les Trois Petits Bouchons..thank you for a magnific evening!

                            1. re: Richelle

                              "The menu there is always small"

                              I like going to places with small menus. It usually means that they do everything well as they have to concentrate on only a few things. I don't like going to places with vast menus.

                              1. re: souschef

                                Hi Richelle,
                                glad you enjoyed it...
                                Les trois petits bouchons is definitly one of my favorite restaurant on the island. As Souschef, I also tend to consider a small menu to be a +.

                                But in my opinion, it is the service and atmosphere that really sets this restaurant apart. Their wine list is also one in which you see a strong coherent direction.

                                Being a wine lover, I would say that although this place markets itself more as a restaurant than a wine bar, it is (in my opinion) one of the best spot in Montreal to get exposed to wine made in a responsible manner.

                                So now, can we start a "Best crême brûlée in Montreal" thread?

                                J.

                                1. re: Jhn

                                  °Acks cause I posted this morning and it isn't showing°

                                  Hello J and Souschef,

                                  I had posted that I do enjoy small menus, to me they are exquisite.

                                  However, it is not always so when you go out with others. But, my evening there was a complete success.
                                  It was not the first time I went there and loved it as much this time as last time.
                                  The service there is awesome and I really do appreciate the details that go into their meals, presentations and service.
                                  I love even more how they can pair a wine to every plate of food! That their wines are carefully picked and chosen is very apparent.

                                  Anyhow..off to serve supper for moi....you guys have a great one!