Mongolian style eatery with three locations in Vancouver, Richmond and Langley. Select your ingredients and have them cooked on a flat grill in front of you. Pay by weight; guess the cost and get your meal free.
I am not usually a complainer, but have to say something about their new Langley restaurant.
Me and my family are regulars at their Richmond location and love this place. While some of the people here saying their food are too expensive, I found it's just they don't know how to pick from the food bar. Say if you just have the nice big shell-less prawns or other seafood, the price of this place is actually very cheap! Not to mention our waiter(see him all the time, might be the owner himself) is always nice and friendly and attentive to us.
We were initially happy to learn that they have a new location in Langley since we live nearby and don't have to drive all the way to Richmond, so we made our first visit a couple of weeks ago. I don't know if there are the same people operate the joint, because it's clearly a FAILURE! We went there on Fri night, the place was simply a chaos. We waited about 15 minutes to get seated, waited another 30+ minutes in line to just hand over our food to the cooks, strange they wouldn't let us wait at the grill so we waited another about 20 minutes to get our food back at the table. All together we waited more than an hour..... And the worst, we got the wrong food back. My husband hates the ginger, and his plate was full of ginger!! We told our waitress, but she seemed didn't care at all and we had to start the food bar allover again. After more than hour and half of this mess, we just totally lost our appetite!
Damn, first time there last Wednesday, and it's so bad about almost everything.
(1) Food items are stale along the food bar, and later I found out the pork and shimp stinks really bad!
(2) The mid-aged oriental cook(Mongolian?) who flips on the grill seems so unhappy, and every word spitted out of his mouth was shouting: Guess the price!!.... like he's gonna kill you if you don't. Very rude too when I asked if there are any MSG added in the food.
(3) My meal came to an incredible $23.59 for a bunch of noodles and a bit of pork and shimp. I'm sure the same plate of food would cost only $6.95 in a Chinese/Japanese restaurant. Drinks are also very pricy, local beers are priced at $4.25 before 16% tax.
However, the only good thing pleasant was the service that night. The oriental waiter who served us was very friendly and talkative, also gave us a detailed direction to the RiverRock Casino, he even drew a map for us, excellent service! But tell the truth, I won't recommend this place at all even I gave a hi5 to the waiter, because everything else were just simply bad.
The sign on the door says no MSG but look the owner in the eye and ask if his cooks add MSG to stuff like fried rice. I won't eat at either location because the food is overpriced crap. Mongolians are never known for gourmet food and these two restaurants aren't even Mongolian.
Create your own meal Great!
Price is dependant on how much you eat, can't go wrong. Need a light snack, only pay a little. Want a feast, your choice!
Been here several times as well and the food is always great. How could it not be, you're the chef! Vegetarian dishes are also lower priced.
Food is fresh and ready to go at any time. For the reviewer below, I'm not sure but I don't recall the last family retaurant I went to that had camels and a sunset around the walls and bows and arrows in it, yikes!
Feel like a change from the every day and want to have a choice of what goes into your meal instead of having some generic box of product slid onto a plate, try it out!
I love knowing what ingredients are in my food! Here, you can do just that. The food is fantastic and stir fried right in front of you. If you are with a big group, plan to be there for a while but if you have time to sit, chat and relax - this is a great place to be.
One of the best places to eat in the city, if you don't like your meal, it's nobody's fault but yours as you picked it! You may like banana chips, garlic and tofu, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are going to taste good together, served with rice! Use some common sense with your choices; prices are not high, despite what others say, I am a big guy with a healthy appetite and $14-$15 fills me up every time. Outstanding!!!
I've been here several times, I use it for lunch about once every few months. At lunchtime it's never busy, so the service is top notch.
This is a departure from traditional fare, there is a buffet style ingredients that includes many veggies, then a good section of meats, and another of sauces. Everything is raw initially, you collect the food you want in a bowl, hand it to the cook, guess the dollar value - if you are dead on, you get your next meal free! - then the cook weighs it, prints out your dollar amount and cooks it along with 5 or 6 other dishes on a grill in front of you.
Rice / wraps / soup is provided to everyone in addition to the portion that you choose at the buffet.
Ingredients are always top notch condition.
The only problem I have witnessed is the fact that many patrons have no idea what foods and sauces go well together, so they end up with a Heinz57 style meal that isn't as good as it could be.
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