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Who's got the best Steak Tartar or Foie Gras in Town?

Steak tartar and foie gras are some of my favorite foods that I always look forward to when I go to a restaurant. I've been to Anisette, Patina, Melisse, La Cachette, etc. Curious to hear the opinions of my fellow Chowhounders where I can find some of the best in town.

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  1. How do you rank the places you have been to as far as these two items? Too bad Puck stopped serving foie gras. I always thought the version he did 4 ways at Spago was outstanding. Have you tried the steak tartare at Comme Ca?

    1. The first two restaurants that come to mind are:

      Ortolan - Fois Gras

      Comme Ca - steak tartare

      1. The steak tartare at The Grill on the Alley in B.H. seems to get rave reviews.

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        1. re: Debbie W

          I had it at the Grill in Hollywood and didn't care for it. They may make it differently at the Beverly Hills location. It was pre-made and they served it with rye bread which I thought was odd. We had it at the bar and it came out within 5 mins of ordering it which made me believe it's already pre-made in the kitchen.

        2. Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. They also make it, old school, at your table.

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          1. re: arisp

            I agree with the Polo Lounge for Steak Tartare. I also like the fact that they make it tableside.

          2. My favorite steak tartare nowadays is at Fraiche in Culver City. They only serve it on the bar menu, which is a little silly.

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            1. re: heinous

              i find that silly too. why can't one have the steak tartare and the moules frites in the dining area? bah.

            2. Since the Rangoon Racquet Club closed in Beverly Hills I have found the best Steak Tartare served with pomme frite to be at Mistral in Sherman Oaks. They serve an appetizer or dinner portion. I simply can't go there without having at least the appetizer portion. Mistral has had seared Foi Gras as a special but it is not a regular. If you call Henry, the owner, he might be able to accommodate you. A little downside. Mistral is a bistro and has the acoustics of a bistro and can get a bit noisy. Not badly priced.

              1. I thought the steak tartar at Anisette was good, but not great. At least it's reasonably priced. There are not a lot of places that serve it, which is a shame. I'll have to check out those other mentioned places.

                As for foie gras, I thought one of the best I ever had was at Patina a long time ago. It was seared and had this wonderful side of plum gelee. They don't serve it that way anymore. I do like the seared foie gras at La Cachette.

                1. No doubt Melisse has the best Foie Gras in town. They have 3 different preparations that come out and the sides with it are perfect. They have a wagyu tartar too with a quail egg but I didn't try it. I've been told its perfect. 2 Michelin's don't come for nothing I suppose.

                  1. I just had the steak tartare at the Palm. It was very good served on arugula with crusty bread and a nice garnish of fine chopped onion and capers. The seasoning was very mild but the beef was really wonderful, its natural flavor was full and delish.

                    1. My picks for excellent foie gras in L.A. Drink some tokaji with it!

                      3: Melisse
                      1(tie): Ortolan
                      1(tie): Gordon Ramsay at The London

                      1. My hubby always enjoyed the fois gras preparations at Saddle Peak Lodge.