Steak Tartare has seen a renaissance of late, but for such a simple and versatile dish it is easy to screw up. You’ll find it on many bistro, steak restaurant, and fine dining menus, including the likes of Hawkesmore, The Ivy, Zedel, M Raw and Boisdale. But for our list of the best we thought we’d give you something different, a mix of traditional and the updated.
45 Jermyn Street
Simple yet flawless. The flavours from the beef, the capers and the cornichons bound in a light spiced sauce are delicate and when mixed with the orangest of orange egg yolks, it’s beautifully rich. No wonder it’s our Food Editors favourite with liberal splashes of Tabasco and Lea & Perrins.
Mac & Wild
A venison tartare that’s spot on and, with the interesting addition of glazed mushrooms, almost dehydrated. The only downside? Be careful of the dressing for the salad it has a tendency to overpower the delicate tartare.
When I first had this steak tartare it as a real surprise, it’s by far one of the best things on the menu – Smoked Steak Tartare with Sweet potato Crisps. While the smoke is very lite, it does offer a depth that many tartares don’t quite have. What’s so good about it is the coarse, large and chunky meat giving it a nice bite and texture. While egg yolk and capers add the traditional creamy and acidic notes, the sweet acidic apple and sweet potato crisps add a (surprise surprise) sweet not that helps to balance the spicy heat. All in all its a really well balanced dish and an accomplished take on the classic dish.
With its large chunks of beef and pickled girolles on the side this packs a punch on carnivorous texture and heat.
The private dining club has been serving this continuously for years and comes according to your preference of spice with a quails egg yolk. It’s large enough that even Edward VII would be full, and that’s before you include the perfect skinny fries and salad that come with it.