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Prav Apr 22, 2013 05:23 PM

What are some interesting raw meat dishes around town?

My favorites steak tartar is at Russell House Tavern, but I haven't had any others in Boston so far.

Can't really do Kibbeh since it might have sesame seeds or pine nuts (allergic).

I've had "dancing shrimp" - Thai raw shrimp dish - at a couple places but its been a while.

What is kitfo like, and where's the best place to experience it? Is it just butter-laden steak tartare?

What other raw meats can I try around here? :)

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  1. trufflehound RE: Prav Apr 22, 2013 07:24 PM

    I've never had nor seen a recipe for kibbeh nayeh with sesame or pine nuts, Granted they are likely used in the same kitchen.
    That said Al Wadi serves an excellent version.
    I've had kifto at Addis Red Sea and at Fasika. Addis was much better. Fasika sort of seared it and that was wierd.

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      Prav RE: trufflehound Apr 22, 2013 10:10 PM

      I think it might have been their baked kibbeh that we were told had pine nuts.

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        trufflehound RE: Prav Apr 23, 2013 06:04 AM


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          scubadoo97 RE: Prav Apr 23, 2013 09:41 AM

          No nuts in Kibbeh nayeh so go for it.

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        kimfair1 RE: Prav Apr 22, 2013 07:38 PM

        I like the steak tartar at Eastern Standard (and it comes with fries!). They had a great venison tartar at Strip T's on my last two dinner visits, but I'm not sure if it's on the current menu.

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          cods RE: kimfair1 Apr 23, 2013 09:09 AM

          I came here to say exactly this, ESK has a dynamite tartare with great frites and the raw venison dish at StripTs was amazing (though their menu changes frequently). Couldn't agree more kimfair1 !

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            Ricardo Malocchio RE: cods Apr 23, 2013 10:02 AM

            I agree about the ES tartare with the caveat that I haven't had it since last summer. And my last several visits to ES since then have been very disappointing.

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          Gabatta RE: Prav Apr 22, 2013 07:54 PM

          The tartare/carpaccio "duet" at Deuxave can be excellent.

          1. Boston_Otter RE: Prav Apr 23, 2013 04:02 AM

            Kitfo is much spicier than steak tartare. The times I've had it, the main flavor is intense chile spice.

            1. Luther RE: Prav Apr 23, 2013 04:15 AM

              Forget kitfo, it's just spicy buttery tartare. For a unique flavor and texture experience, go to Habesha and order the gored gored (specify that you want it raw). This is larger cubes of raw beef, I'd say about 1/3" cubes of round or some other lean and moderately chewy cut. The sauce is an ultra flavorful butter with strong cardamom taste.

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                Taralli RE: Luther Apr 23, 2013 11:03 AM

                Our crew will not forget the kitfo at Habesha, which we always order & like better than the gored gored - just a difference in tastes & textures for us, I guess.

                I'll also put in a plug for Grill 23's Steak Tartare w/gruyere wafers, shredded cabbage, deviled eggs.

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                  gimlis1mum RE: Taralli Apr 23, 2013 07:13 PM

                  Loved the kitfo at Habesha, too. So rich.

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                    Luther RE: gimlis1mum Apr 24, 2013 03:40 AM

                    Everything at Habesha is delicious!

              2. ScubaSteve RE: Prav Apr 23, 2013 08:01 AM

                While not animal Fugakyu used to do live black bass and live spiny lobster. Not as aggressive as live octopus but you can still feel the Push Back from the flesh and the looks from other patrons as your dinner looks around and open and closes its mouth (the Black Bass) is priceless.

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                  Prav RE: ScubaSteve Apr 23, 2013 08:32 AM

                  "Used to" - sad, as I'd be down to try this. There're some really...interesting... videos of Korean bar patrons wrestling with "live" octopus suckers, drowning them with sake and jaw power.

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                    Nab RE: Prav Apr 23, 2013 09:54 AM

                    On the Korean front, yuk hwe, which can be found at most of the restaurants here (though does contain sesame oil).

                    Also, chicken tartare at Yakitori Zai.

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                      StriperGuy RE: Nab Apr 23, 2013 10:37 AM

                      Why is it that chicken tartare just makes me flinch?

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                        beetlebug RE: StriperGuy Apr 23, 2013 10:39 AM

                        Chicken tartare is really delicious. I've only had it at a yakitori place in NYC but always get two orders. But, the version I've eaten, I *think* it was seared on the outside and rawish on the inside.

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                          Klunco RE: StriperGuy Apr 23, 2013 11:26 AM

                          Probably because we are in American where the majority of chickens are raised in horrid conditions.

                          We last had chicken tartar at Ippuku in Berkeley and honestly, other than the shock value of eating raw chicken in America (as opposed to Japan), I didn't think the dish itself was all that special. Everything else we ate was much tastier.

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                            lipoff RE: StriperGuy Apr 24, 2013 07:57 AM

                            The chicken tartare at Yakitori Zai is really good. Very tender, which makes it have a very different feel than most raw meat dishes I've had before.

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                          Klunco RE: Prav Apr 23, 2013 11:30 AM

                          Did this in Busan, South Korea a while back when I was feeling macho. It certainly was an "experience" but not one I would repeat. I did not feel macho afterwards...

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                        Klunco RE: Prav Apr 23, 2013 11:28 AM

                        Russel House is my favorite for steak tartar. I love how dressed it is with lots of garlic, salt, and parsley.

                        Eastern Standard's normally is pretty solid, but last time I had it it was only fair. Slightly dried out and in need of salt.

                        I've done the kifto at Addis and felt the chili spice overpowers any of the flavor of the beef itself. So take that for what it's worth.

                        I'd love to find a place with steak tartar with all the fixings on the side for the customer to mix up on their own. I know I've had this in the past, but maybe not in Boston. Is there any place that does this?

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                          Prav RE: Klunco Apr 23, 2013 11:30 AM

                          I had RH's last night, which inspired me to write this post. So delicious. I only wish they served more toast with it!

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                          T.B. RE: Prav Apr 24, 2013 09:26 AM

                          I've had good raw kitfo at Fasika with a nice balance of butter, spice, and meat. You do have to stress "raw" when ordering as they have a cooked version too. Their gored gored is tasty but I 've only been able to get it lightly seared/very rare instead of completely raw; sounds like I need to get myself to Habesha.

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                            marais RE: Prav Apr 25, 2013 04:08 PM

                            I love, love, love the steak tartare at Brasserie Jo: it's been my favorite and standard here in Boston, and I'm due a date with it soon. The steak tartare at Eastern Standard was good the times I've had it, but not finely minced enough and the consistency has been too loose for my preference. Let me know if it's changed there.

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                              Klunco RE: marais Apr 25, 2013 04:40 PM

                              Interesting, my complaint about Eastern Standard's tartare the last time I was there is the exact opposite: too finely minced and too tightly packed. I like a true chunky handcut for my tartare. You may want to try ES again if that's your preference.

                              One of the best I had last year was at the wine bar Les Fines Gueles in Paris. Look at those chunks of beef!

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                                lipoff RE: marais Apr 25, 2013 07:36 PM

                                Brasserie Jo has my favorite steak tartare as well, but I haven't found the rest of the menu nearly so appealing.

                              2. opinionatedchef RE: Prav Apr 26, 2013 11:18 PM

                                Tavern Road has it on their menu.

                                1. rlh RE: Prav May 8, 2013 09:03 AM

                                  Haven't had it in a while, but really enjoyed the straightforward version served at Drink when I had it a couple of times.

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                                    treb RE: Prav May 8, 2013 11:02 AM

                                    Just an FYI - Shadi's in North Andover has raw kibbee on the week-ends, just bulgar wheat no sesame seeds or pine nuts, one of my fav dishes.

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                                      ScubaSteve RE: treb May 8, 2013 10:10 PM

                                      Are they still doing it with lamb? last I heard it was a lamb/beef mix.

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                                        treb RE: ScubaSteve May 9, 2013 07:29 AM

                                        last time I had it I believe it was a blend of lamb and beef. A plate of that, some Hummus, fresh pita loaves and a nice drink.

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                                          ScubaSteve RE: treb May 9, 2013 07:52 AM

                                          Thanks Treb.

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                                      mrgeocool RE: Prav May 8, 2013 12:17 PM

                                      I have enjoyed Zihla at Asmara in Central Square, but it's been a long time since I've been.

                                      Edit: Looks like they have Kitfo too, but I've never tried it.

                                      1. lala010addict RE: Prav May 10, 2013 12:00 PM

                                        try raw chicken with avocado at yakitori zai, delish

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                                          wu12 RE: Prav Jun 7, 2013 08:48 AM

                                          Have you had Bo Bay Mon/Bo 7 Mon? Beef seven ways, a seven-course beef meal, Vietnamese. A bunch of places do it around Boston (mainly Chinatown/Dorchester), you can search Chowhound to see where places like best. At least one of the dishes is always raw (thin sliced, seasoned lightly).

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