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Steak Tartare with Vodka? Can you get drunk from it?

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

This is the best tartare my mouth has experienced in Lisbon. The brilliant mind of the chef decided to play with two killer elements: dried seaweed and vodka.

First thing first, what is a tartare you ask...

According to Wikipedia and other Googlable source, steak tartare is a dish made from raw beef 🐂 or horse 🐎, which has been chopped by hand using a knife or cleaver. It is usually served with a raw egg yolk on top of the dish, and other easonings.

And other seasonings - this is the part where the chefs unleash their creativity.

I have tried various combinations, and chef Kiko's creation is my favorite so far. Besides the tartare fundamentals (well-chopped and raw steak, creamy egg yolk), he used horseradish mayo to enhance the creaminess, nori (dried seaweed) to add a crunchy sea texture, and vodka for the hint of wild freshness.

Wow, just wow. The flavors are so well balanced and complimenting each other perfectly. I like the mouthfeel of various textures and the forward taste. It was a delightful exposure in my mouth.

Lastly, to answer the question, did I taste the alcohol in this dish? Nope. If you are really looking to get tipsy, the restaurant has a great gin tonic menu.

Stay hungry Lisbon! See you next dinner.

Try this tasty vodka tartare at one of Chef Kiko's restaurants - O Talho.


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