Who serves the best steak tartare?

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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/21 12:57:57 (permalink)
I like the idea of quail egg yolk as a garniture, but I've always been concerned about freshness since I assume there's uneven turnover in the product even at the few places that sell them. Where do you quail egg users get yours and how do you know they're fresh?
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/21 13:29:29 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Cakes

30 years ago, we lived in Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee. Common pub grub at the time was bratwursts, burgers (nice thick greasy burgers), and such.

A lot of the places served raw ground beef sandwiches. They didn't call it steak tartare, these were blue collar places. Then the YOU CAN'T EAT THAT POLICE came along and you didn't see it on the menu anymore.

I never tried one. I was a pretty conservative eater back then.

Cakes



My father used to call them Cannibal Sandwiches.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/21 13:31:03 (permalink)
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Originally posted by rjb

I like the idea of quail egg yolk as a garniture, but I've always been concerned about freshness since I assume there's uneven turnover in the product even at the few places that sell them. Where do you quail egg users get yours and how do you know they're fresh?


I get them at our local Balducci's and they've always been fresh.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/21 13:56:59 (permalink)
If in Jersey, there is a place that I've mentioned before called Mignon's in Rutherford. They serve a great tartare with the most wonderful bread as their "appetizer" instead of with butter.

Carpaccio is also one of my most favorite things ever - every time I see it on a menu I get it. I was very happy to find that one of our favorite pizza/italian restaurants called Giovanni's in Kinnelon has it on occasion!
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/21 14:21:45 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Willly

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Originally posted by rjb

I like the idea of quail egg yolk as a garniture, but I've always been concerned about freshness since I assume there's uneven turnover in the product even at the few places that sell them. Where do you quail egg users get yours and how do you know they're fresh?


I get them at our local Balducci's and they've always been fresh.

Which Balducci's is your local?
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/21 15:57:32 (permalink)
Al,
Thank you.
Willy,
I minced my tuna w/ two Chinese cleavers. AND where can you find yuzu?
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/21 16:27:58 (permalink)
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Al,
Thank you.
Willy,
I minced my tuna w/ two Chinese cleavers. AND where can you find yuzu?


Google suggests GourmetSleuth.com or a Japanese grocery store
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/21 16:30:16 (permalink)
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Originally posted by rjb

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Originally posted by Willly

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Originally posted by rjb

I like the idea of quail egg yolk as a garniture, but I've always been concerned about freshness since I assume there's uneven turnover in the product even at the few places that sell them. Where do you quail egg users get yours and how do you know they're fresh?


I get them at our local Balducci's and they've always been fresh.

Which Balducci's is your local?


Westport, CT
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/22 17:51:40 (permalink)
I love steak esp. Pittsburg rare, but what you guys are talking about sounds like uncooked SOS.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/22 17:55:03 (permalink)
Of course it's uncooked. It is raw steak that is either minced or ground.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/25 19:57:57 (permalink)
I am always struck how certain foods hit a nerve. One place in NYC that served a decent steak tartare was Prime Burger. It was more of a steak tartare sandwich. I remember it was essentially raw meat mixed with chopped onions. Interesting set up. The tables were essentially adult-sized built-in baby chairs (you lifted the table and placed it over your lap once you sat down.) I remember that meal distinctly because of the look of horror that crossed a woman's face when she saw what I ordered. Pshaw! Food is food.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/27 15:53:23 (permalink)
I've been using something similar to this recipe for a few years. Having been turned on to Ethiopian food while living in Washington DC where there are a number of Ethiopian or Eritrean restaurants, we went out and bought an African Cookbook since there were no restaurants of that type in our new locale. Kitfo has always been one of my favorites.

KITFO
Ethiopian Tartar Steak
Yield: 8 portions
Chopped beef should be freshly ground just before serving. It is served raw.

In a 9-inch skillet:
Melt 2 oz. BUTTER.
Add: 1/4 tsp. CAYENNE PEPPER
1/4 tsp. CHILI PEPPER
1 tsp. SALT and stir through thoroughly.

Add to 1 1/2 Ibs. LEAN ROUND STEAK, freshly ground,

Mix thoroughly. Serve immediately. Do not cook.

It doesn't get any easier than that !
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/27 16:02:21 (permalink)
I don't get it. If it's supposed to be served raw why add it to a skillet? And why, after saying add it to the skillet and mix, does it say "Do not cook?"
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/27 17:04:27 (permalink)
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Originally posted by tigerborn

I am always struck how certain foods hit a nerve. One place in NYC that served a decent steak tartare was Prime Burger. It was more of a steak tartare sandwich. I remember it was essentially raw meat mixed with chopped onions. Interesting set up. The tables were essentially adult-sized built-in baby chairs (you lifted the table and placed it over your lap once you sat down.) I remember that meal distinctly because of the look of horror that crossed a woman's face when she saw what I ordered. Pshaw! Food is food.

Prime Burger is still very much around and still has the little school desk-like solo tables. Don't recall seeing a tartare sandwich there, but then, I never looked beyond the cheeseburger (one of my favorites).
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/27 17:19:00 (permalink)
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I don't get it. If it's supposed to be served raw why add it to a skillet? And why, after saying add it to the skillet and mix, does it say "Do not cook?"
Excellent point-likely a "cut and paste" error on my part. It should say "Add TO ..." The skillet is for the butter, pepper and salt all of which gets poured on the beef and then mixed.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/27 19:48:22 (permalink)
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I don't get it. If it's supposed to be served raw why add it to a skillet? And why, after saying add it to the skillet and mix, does it say "Do not cook?"
Excellent point-likely a "cut and paste" error on my part. It should say "Add TO ..." The skillet is for the butter, pepper and salt all of which gets poured on the beef and then mixed.

Ah, thank you. It sounds good that way.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/29 00:02:59 (permalink)
I had the best steak tartare in Montreal Canada.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/31 15:52:38 (permalink)
Perhaps we could be a bit more specific regarding the tartare in Montreal? Location?
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/31 19:10:23 (permalink)
I had it several times in several restaurants, it seemed to be on the menu everywhere along Steak Au Poivre. If you need a certain restaurant's name for your visit, sorry, I do not remember. What differed from the Tartare I had in Montreal vs. the US was the amount of anchovy paste and cognac I tasted in it. Finely ground meat, at least 3 times I think. Very delicious.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/07/31 19:25:17 (permalink)
As you all may know, I am not much of a meat eater, but my dad's steak tartar was wonderful, i would eat it in a second if he was still here. I think he used Julia's recipe, he loved Julia.
I think I also stopped eating steak and other red meat as well when he died as I have never had steak prepared as tasty as he cooked it.

Mr Hoffman, you have a very nice name and I would never change it. Some people!

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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/08/22 10:33:17 (permalink)
The best I ever had was at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2006/09/26 19:10:20 (permalink)
Not that I have had steak tartare in that many places, but I would nominate The Caucus Club in downtown Detroit.

http://www.caucusclubdetroit.com/
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2008/03/06 13:13:13 (permalink)
This past Sunday a friend of mine took me to a French restaurant in
Soho named FELIX. It has one of the best Stake Tartar's I've ever had.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2008/03/06 20:37:57 (permalink)
I get the steak tartare at Petit Louis in Baltimore from time to time. It is really good. A little mustard and some cornichons work well with the fatty beef.

Some places will do Steak Tartare with meat that is too lean. fat equals flavor

I also eat raw hamburger on pumpernickel bread with my Dad and Uncles on Christmas eve.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2008/03/07 11:25:55 (permalink)
Here in NYC there are numerous places that serve steak tartar. I can heartily recommend both Balthazar and the Four Seasons as probably the most classic versions. I have also had very good tartar at Primehouse NY (prepared table side) and the Palm actually serves one that is made from dry aged strip, as opposed to the filet that mis commonly used.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2008/03/09 23:46:31 (permalink)
I know purists will probably find the idea offensive but I love the steak tartare at the Blue Ribbon in NYC. They serve it with house made waffle chips and it's a perfect pairing of steak and potatoes.
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2008/03/16 17:36:57 (permalink)
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The best I ever had was at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills.


Absolutely!!!
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2008/03/16 17:55:32 (permalink)
The No. VI Chophouse in the Baronette Hotel in Novi Michigan is my favorite....Russ
http://www.hotelbaronette.com/Dining/NoVIChophouse/tabid/72/Default.aspx
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RE: Who serves the best steak tartare? 2008/03/16 18:30:50 (permalink)
deMarchelier, both the uptown and downtown restaurants in Manhattan, do a fantastic steak tartare. Bonus: you can get their delicious fries as an accompaniment. Perfect combination.
Their mussels, sweetbreads, steak au poivre (heck, any French bistro dish) are also great, for those in your party who can't face raw meat.
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