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Apr 22, 2013 05:23 PM

I like raw meat!

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. 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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    1. re: trufflehound

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

        1. re: Prav

          No nuts in Kibbeh nayeh so go for it.

      1. 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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        1. re: kimfair1

          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 !

          1. re: cods

            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.

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

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

            1. 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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              1. re: Luther

                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.

                1. re: Taralli

                  Loved the kitfo at Habesha, too. So rich.

                  1. re: gimlis1mum

                    Everything at Habesha is delicious!