Not to be confused with the tangy seafood sauce — although it is believed that the two did share the same plate at one point in history — steak tartare is a preparation of finely chopped raw meat mixed with capers, onion and a variety of seasonings. As Tom Aikens' classic Steak tartare recipe demonstrates, the dish is commonly served topped with a raw egg.
While tartare is traditionally made with beef, don't be afraid to experiment with different ingredients. James Mackenzie's Venison tartare recipe — served with a haggis Scotch egg — is a true celebration of Scottish produce, while Anna Hansen's visually stunning Venison tartare with gherkin and quail's egg is paired with a punchy umeboshi and yuzu mayonnaise.
Fish, too, is a popular variation on steak in a tartare dish. Michael Wignall's Tartare of tuna, puffed rice and compressed mooli makes a fabulous seafood starter, as does Alfred Prasad's Salmon tartare recipe, layering the tartare with beetroot and avocado for a striking and colourful finished dish.