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

martiniman Oct 29, 2008 10:08 PM

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. Servorg RE: martiniman Oct 30, 2008 08:35 AM

    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?

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      vinosnob RE: martiniman Oct 30, 2008 09:23 AM

      The first two restaurants that come to mind are:

      Ortolan - Fois Gras

      Comme Ca - steak tartare

      1. Debbie W RE: martiniman Oct 30, 2008 10:17 AM

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

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          BombayUpWithaTwist RE: Debbie W Oct 30, 2008 05:47 PM

          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.

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          arisp RE: martiniman Oct 30, 2008 02:20 PM

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

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            BombayUpWithaTwist RE: arisp Oct 30, 2008 05:44 PM

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

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            heinous RE: martiniman Oct 30, 2008 03:26 PM

            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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              wilafur RE: heinous Oct 30, 2008 06:06 PM

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

            2. Hughlipton RE: martiniman Oct 30, 2008 05:37 PM

              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. martiniman RE: martiniman Oct 30, 2008 07:24 PM

                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.

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                  CalCabbordom RE: martiniman Nov 3, 2008 11:29 AM

                  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. rednyellow RE: martiniman Nov 3, 2008 07:36 PM

                    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. J.L. RE: martiniman Nov 3, 2008 10:51 PM

                      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. boogiebaby RE: martiniman Nov 4, 2008 10:22 AM

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

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