Mongo Bongo is a Mongolian grill that serves by the bowl (not by weight) or all you can eat. They have chicken, beef & pork, a variety of veggies, 3 kinds of noodles, 6 different sauces, etc. Also includes bowl of rice & chicken noodle soup.
They had a fairly decent selection of veggies and sauces, but the meats were kind of limited. And the way they cooked everything in the same sauce meant everything tasted more or less the same, which wasn't bad on the day I visited. Service was friendly and efficient and the value was pretty good. I will likely come back another time.
Decided to try Mongo Bongo for the first time and it was alright to say the least. Service is kinda weird, you put your name on a sticky note and cling it to your bowl so after the cook is finished the server then takes the bowl and walks around the place calling your name, there are better technologies than this, seeing as the waiter will come to your table and say a name like Jen? then you say no bob, and they say sorry and go to the next table and ask a name. The appies were kinda costco style a bit over deep fried. the ambience is great, I like it anyway, they show sports and what ever on the big screen and have music playing at the same time but not loud or anything. You pay for your bowl 10 bucks and fill it as much as you can. the food bar can be a little deceiving as you have the person behind you waiting to fill your bowl and you can't feel quite relaxed while you do it, but you can allways let them ahead of you, it just means you wait longer for your meal. all and all, probably won't go back any time soon, not because it wasn't o.k just have had better tasting for the same price, but hey if i'm hungry and wanna watch the game, have a beer and some food and am in the area i may pop in again.
thank you for my experience.
Visited this restaurant for the first time last week and it did not disappoint.
The restaurant is setup quite nicely in this budding area surrounded by condo developments.
Service was excellent; staff were really friendly and personable.
Great place to go for a healthy meal at a reasonable price.
I especially enjoyed the variety of unique sauces offered to customers along with the soup and bowl of rice that comes with each meal.
I am usually an AYCE guy, but I believe most people can get by with just stuffing one bowl with as many items as desired.
My only suggestion for improvement would be for the introduction of fish if possible (along with the beef, pork, tofu and chicken already served).
I will definitely be returning here often especially with their great AYCE Monday and lunch prices.
Menu choices here are 1 bowl and all-you-can-eat. The bowls are a decent size and you can get a lot into them, so unless you are really hungry you probably don't need that option. The meal also comes with a small cup of soup and a bowl of rice. They also have appetizers available which we didn't try.
A couple of things that were not up to par with any other Mongolian places I have been (up- or down- scale):
1) The meat selection is 3 choices and tofu, which is the smallest I have ever come across east, west, north or south. While not a heavy-duty carnivore, more choices would have been appreciated.
2) The grill was not cleaned well, in that the well beneath the grill was full, and I mean full, of scrapings and the cook did not clean the grill when there was a pause in cooking - I have never been in a place where the grill wasn't scraped with water frequently to keep a clean surface, so that there was food residue all over the cooking surface and then, where the food was scraped to, below, was seriously unappealing and, again, I have never seen that before.
3) I think the grill was too hot as the food appeared to stick quite quickly and the cook used quite a bit of water, I saw my noodles burning pretty quickly and, given the speed of the cook, moving from bowl to bowl, a little less heat would give him a bit more time to make the rounds.
On the plus side, several different types of noodles and an okay selection of veggies. On the unexpected side, people left their bowl at the counter with a sticky note with their name on it and went back to their table, which was a new one to me (and which is why I was there to observe the over-hot grill).
I would consider this place for lunch as I do like Mongolian Grills (hence having been to quite a few in Canada and the US) - but I would probably let them bring my bowl to the table as the condition of the grill was not appealing. And I would add extra sauce to the 5 scoopfuls I used, as the sauce boiled off pretty quickly.