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Feb 16, 2010 05:13 PM

Best Steak Tartar in Paris

Hi I am looking for the best steak tartar in paris

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  1. No idea whether it's the best, but the one at La Rotonde, Blvd. Montparnasse (M°: Vavin), a lively brasserie in Montparnasse, is often recommended here and there. It's open daily and has a continuous service. A perfect place for people watching as well.

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    1. re: Dodo

      I don't know about "best" either; the Steak Tartare du Limousin (17 euros) at Brasserie Balzar is quite good. The dish is prepared at the center wait station, in your full view. The serving is substantial; add in a handful of their great frites and you won't go away hungry.

    2. I hate to admit it, but the tartare at Cafe Marly was really good: tasty, quality, lean beef, not over spiced, so you could taste the meat.

      Generally, tartare in Paris is a safe bet. A lot of places do a decent rendition. I wonder if Parisians like it more than people in other cities. In Geneva, tartare was always a competition for who could add the most onions, pepper and ketchup to create the most crunchy, foul-tasting mess.

      1. Meating in the 17th in the ex-Apicius space? Fries average for Paris.

        John Talbott

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        1. re: John Talbott

          First hand report that the steak tartare at La Rotund is fantastic! Best I've eaten and yummy frites too if you like thick ones, golden crisp on the outside and creamy inside. Served with eye watering hot mustard, a nice little side salad, good crusty bread and it's heaven (especially sitting outside on a sunny afternoon as the parade of people pass by!)

        2. My favorite is at Chez Denise size of a big hockey puck and perfect. Too large for one, usually get as appetizer and share with the table.

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          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            On M. Delucacheesemonger's recommendation we went to Chez Denise and had the steak tartare. Sweet and tasty, enough for many, shouldn't be missed.

          2. Many good options indeed. Joséphine is not half bad, massive and prepared table side. Many neighborhood bistrots do it very well. Le Sévero has it too, "au couteau" if I'm not mistaken (which is a rarity).