You ate what?

Ok folks, get ready to either grimace or drool…
I am not one to turn down a culinary adventure. I’ll try almost anything once. While celebrating my sister’s birthday at Matthew’s in Jacksonville, FL, a little menu item caught my eye. It was a little intimidating, a little mysterious and a little bit…um…rare.
{Beef Tartare}
Yep, that’s right. A juicy hunk of raw beef, finely chopped, served cold and seasoned with salt, pepper and herbs. Now, before you get all grossed out on me, let me say that it was actually very good. I was kind of scared of what it might taste like. It was very flavorful; a beautiful blend of spices and that nice salty ‘pop’ from the capers. It was very tender, almost soft.
It’s not for everyone, but give the poor meat puck a chance. You should try it if you ever have the chance.
So tell me… grimace or drool?

Posted 8/21/10, Topic: Blog

  • jessica
    August 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm |

    ummmm…grimace at first – but I'm like you, I'll try anything once. Weren't you afraid it might make you sick?

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    August 21, 2010 at 11:11 pm |

    I wouldn't have eaten this dish at just any restaurant. Matthews, however has a great reputation and I felt safe eating it there. Beef tartare is similar to eating a rare steak, not as dangerous as eating ground beef. Definitely worth a try 🙂

  • Rink Rat
    August 22, 2010 at 8:47 am |

    Oh My! One of my fave dishes! Tartare is indeed a wonderful dish. I believe that Anthony Bourdain has a great recipe in his Les Halles cookbook. A great addition to any cookbook collection

  • shea
    August 26, 2010 at 11:55 pm |

    I don't know if I would go so far as to drool, but I don't find it unappetizing. Maybe it's the fact that I haven't been able to eat rare meat for almost 10 months now, but it looks savory and delicious. The closest I've had is beef carpaccio. And I really like trying new things so I would definitely give it a try.

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    August 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm |

    Shea – we'll have to have a 'rare' feast once little Butterbean arrives – sushi, steak, you name it!

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