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  1. Weezie's at King and Parliament is fantastic!!! One of the best in the city.

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    1. re: millygirl

      A bit farther east of Weezie's, pretty good steak tartare at Table 17 -
      http://www.table17.ca/

      More centrally, and I've never been here, but apparently Bistro 990 has good steak tartare
      http://www.bistro990.ca/

      I had a taste of a friend's steak tartare at Didier and it was excellent -
      http://www.restaurantdidier.com/site/...

      1. re: JamieK

        I have had steak tartare at both Bistro 990 and Didier.
        Both were very good particularily because both make excellent frites which are for many an indispensible side with tartare.

        1. re: JamieK

          I have to second the tartare at Didier. He uses tenderloin for the tartare while many of the other restaurants mentioned are using lesser cuts. It is hands down my favourite in the city.

          1. re: JamieK

            I found Table 17's tartare to be really overpowered by the beets, and thus haven't ordered it since.

        2. always bistro 990 for me

          1. had a decent one at Citizen

            1. Le Select on Wellington has an excellent Steak Tartare, you can even ask them to do it a bit spicy... love it.

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              1. re: chloe

                I second Le Select, the best dish of the restaurant.

                1. re: par72

                  Just fyi Le Select just changed their tartare from beef to bison.

                  1. re: Cat123

                    Leaner and sweeter. How do they adjust the seasonings?

                    1. re: Cat123

                      I really enjoyed the bison tartare on my last visit, but had not tried the previous version to compare. It was so wonderful, though - and I am a huge tartare fan.

                2. I had some good experience at Thuet a while back when it first opened. Don't know if it's still on the menu now after changing to Conviction.

                  On a side note, you can also get raw flavoured beef called Kitfo at Ethiopian restaurants like Lalibela. It's served similar to steak tartare but of course with different mixture of spices. Very tasty & a different eating experience.

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                  Thuet
                  609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

                  Lalibela
                  869 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

                  1. I enjoyed the steak tartare at Nota Bene but it's the first and only time I've eaten it so I have no point of comparison.

                    1. I seem to recall Hy's would make it to order at table, almost a lost art.

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                      1. re: Snarf

                        My absolute favourite Steak Tartare places are Auberge du Pommiers and Bistro 990 where they will even serve it for lunch......Many, many years ago my husband and I were invited to something called the "The Great Gathering"...a luxe benefit for the Toronto Symphony held at Roy Thompson Hall.....there were 'chef's from all over Toronto making and serving their 'specialties' each at their own assigned table...I spent my time solidly planted in front of the Steak Tartare with a little foray over to Rodney's now and then! That was probably as close to Heaven as I will ever get!!!!

                      2. I just remembered that Batifole often has 'le tartare de cheval' or horse sirloin tartare on the menu. I've never tried it though.
                        http://www.batifole.ca/portail/pages....

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                        1. re: JamieK

                          It's ok. I don't know if it's me or if it's changed, but the dish has been too heavily seasoned the last few times. Overpowers the horse meat.

                          1. re: grandgourmand

                            it's not just you, it's a heavily seasoned tartare from all my experiences with it. horse meat is quite delicate in flavour and it gets completely lost in their prep style.

                            my issue with nota bene's is their use of aioli. it shouldn't be there and they don't use it sparingly enough so all i could taste was this layer of mayo coating every little diced item.

                            i'd agree that the bistro 990 one is good, but i'll have to try weezie's and le select's sometime.

                        2. we had Beef Heart Tartate at Black Hoof last week.
                          the meat came shaped in a Valentine's day type of heart with little piri piri heart dipping stations.
                          was quite nice.

                          1. Has anyone tried the tartare at Scaramouche?

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                            1. re: charxchar

                              I had it a couple of weeks ago. It was nice, hand-cut tenderloin, but I found it to be underseasoned. As I mentioned above, I still think Didier's is the best in the city.