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Best Tuna Tartare?

chuck s Mar 23, 2011 02:30 PM

As the title says, where would one find outstanding tuna tartare, Boston, Brookline, or Cambridge?

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    Gordough Mar 23, 2011 02:56 PM

    My favorite is Sorrelina.

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      Gabatta Mar 23, 2011 03:44 PM

      A strong 2nd for Sorellina. I like the spicy kick with the smooth finish.

      1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

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        Mr Bigglesworth Mar 24, 2011 01:19 PM

        3rd for Sorellina.

        1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

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      Taralli Mar 24, 2011 06:03 AM

      I've liked it at Douzo: http://www.douzosushi.com/

      131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

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        cristinh Apr 4, 2011 09:23 AM

        Agree with Duozo! So, so fresh (as is everything they serve).


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        emirez Mar 24, 2011 10:40 AM

        I recommend Grafton Street Pub near Harvard Square.

        1. opinionatedchef Apr 2, 2011 11:29 AM

          i don't know if you're looking for plain or flavored, but i remain addicted to Justin Santos' Tuna Poke at Gargoyle's: sesame oil, soy, rice wine vinegar,slivered nori, ginger..........

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            Taralli Apr 4, 2011 11:57 AM


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              opinionatedchef Apr 4, 2011 12:10 PM

              ha! what WAS i thinking? JASON. as in " and the Argonauts". a mighty warrior chef is he. ;)

          2. barleywino Apr 2, 2011 12:33 PM

            Possibly outside your geographic preferences, but I enjoy Blue Ginger's tuna poke for the crispy rice cake it comes on. you might also consider the toro tartare at O Ya. (My all-time favorite has to be the spectacular tuna poke at Alan Wongs in Honolulu).

            1. opinionatedchef Apr 4, 2011 11:38 AM

              i had a terrific version at Neptune Oyster yesterday. I always love it paired w/ avocado, as this is, on crostini, w/ a spicy acidic drizzle. perfect really. very ample portion too.

              Neptune Oyster
              63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

              1. L2k Apr 4, 2011 02:21 PM

                I go to Marden's and buy some of their tuna, and make it myself (see opinionatedchef ingredients, above). I don't cook, but I can make this, and it's wicked good and not too expensive.

                Just don't let it marinate for more than an hour!

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                  mexicanjl Jun 26, 2011 09:37 AM

                  Hands down, the best one is the Avocat Kanthor at Elephant Walk in Boston, Cambridge or Waltham.

                  Elephant Walk
                  2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                    opinionatedchef Jun 26, 2011 09:21 PM

                    jl, would you describe it plse? i want to try it!

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                      mexicanjl Aug 23, 2013 01:25 PM

                      Suhi grade tuna, avocado, fish sauce, lemongrass, galanga, lime juice, etc. served over microgreens. Last time I noticed that they put more avocado and less tuna, probably to keep the price down, but still very yummy!

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                        opinionatedchef Aug 23, 2013 11:23 PM

                        i remember now. i actually tried that the last time we were there (and it WAS the last time as it was meh all the way.) I can't remember the details but it was not at all yummy for me.
                        oh well. glad you've had good luck w/ it.

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                    ilovepumpkin Jun 26, 2011 05:35 PM

                    Rustic Kitchen's is really good- a little chili oil with some avocado to balance it out. Yum.

                    Rustic Kitchen
                    94 Derby St, Hingham, MA 02043

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                      cambridgedoctpr Jun 27, 2011 08:11 AM

                      i like jean geroge's tuna tartare though i have never tried the version at Market.

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                      meeps2002 Jun 27, 2011 08:16 AM

                      I can tell you that Tico serves the worst Tuna Tartar

                      one I really liked though, Pops

                      222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

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                        kimfair1 Jun 27, 2011 09:55 AM

                        Pops tuna tartare is very good, though the new chef doesn't serve it with the avocado/crispy rice they used to, unfortunately.

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                          Gordough Jun 27, 2011 10:00 AM

                          if you are looking for a preparation like that (avocado and crispy) check out the one at Market in the W hotel. That was the best part of my meal there.

                      2. opinionatedchef Jun 27, 2011 10:31 AM

                        I thought i had written this before, but no. A very big and Fantastic surprise to me- was the 'Vitello Tonnato' sandwich at Neptune Oyster. CHs who raved this before- you know who you are- and certainly have the right to join together and chant "we told you so, we told you so".

                        a MAzing.

                        And I would use this particular dish as the perfect example to show this particular chef's sophisticated knowledge and expertise.

                        Italian Vitello Tonnato has joined with Japanese and Chinese sensibility:

                        --thinly sliced roast veal is placed on toasted bread with a layer of avocado . On top of this, instead of cooked tuna mixed w/ an anchovy aioli(basically), he has mixed diced fresh tuna with (what tastes like) not wasabi, the trad. Japanese component, but just enough/ plentiful fresh horseradish or chinese mustard.... and likely other things.


                        Having recently been lucky enough (and ecstatic) to savor this dish a second time, i realized that the veal is really just a ‘sounding board’, a texture mostly, a ‘filler’ (yes, an expensive filler) in the assemblage. It plays its role perfectly and the sandwich would not be the same without it, but the tuna is the fiery star. Neptune Oyster’s Vitello Tonnato Sandwich sits comfortably near the top of my lifetime’s gustatorial pyramid!

                        Neptune Oyster
                        63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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                          lulu belle Jun 27, 2011 12:01 PM

                          Mistral - I can't believe no one has yet mentioned it. Complex asian infused flavors with lovely crispy onions on top.

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                            Trumpetguy Jun 27, 2011 12:05 PM

                            Funny because on another recent thread you thought this Vitello Tonnato sandwich sounded terrible :)

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                              opinionatedchef Jun 27, 2011 12:38 PM

                              Get the rope out, trumpet guy!As is often heard in our household,
                              "Vote for me 'cuz I'm always right and I never lie."
                              Did i really say terrible? and I wasn't joking? because i will also sometimes say
                              "That sounds TERRibul :-) " ; but i hope that the smiley face tells people i'm jazzin' em.

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                              Gabatta Jun 27, 2011 05:19 PM

                              I enjoy Vitello Tonnato, but the only thing Vitello Tonnato and Tuna Tartar have in common is the tuna.

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                                opinionatedchef Jul 1, 2011 09:56 PM

                                well,gabatta, i can tell you that that sentiment was exactly mine before I tasted this glorious thing.
                                And look at me now> "I want to TESTify!"

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                              tartandfit Jun 27, 2011 02:37 PM

                              I make it myself, using Ina Garten's recipe. The original recipe (which you can find online) feeds 50, but you can scale it way down. I often use less than a pound of tuna and it makes enough to feed four as an appetizer. It's incredibly easy and a hit every time.

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