Small Mongolian all you can eat restaurant on Davie Street. All you can eat dinner is $10.95 which includes rice and soup.
I tried this place for the first time tonight and it was pretty much what I expected, since I'd been to a similar place on Denman last weekend.
The main difference was that this place did not serve Mongolian biscuits or soup, as the Denman location does (just rice here), and it was slightly higher in price. Considering that parking was not an issue at this location, I have no problem with the higher price.
We were greeted at the door - very friendly and welcoming - however that was pretty much the extent of our "service". The waitress did not come by even once to check on us, never mind refill our glasses. I know it's a buffet, but if they expect a tip of any kind, it would be nice to have someone ask if we needed anything (drinks, etc.) The only reason I rated them "Decent" instead of "Poor" was for the guy who was at the front, who was quite friendly and for the cook who did a decent job with my food. The only time I saw the waitress was when we got up to leave and she said goodbye. Weird.
As for the ingredients, they have a fair selection - lots of different meats and veggies to choose from - same for the sauces. If you aren't sure what to get for sauce, they have a bit of a guideline at the counter. I think it's pretty tough to screw it up, though, regardless of what you choose.
All in all, it's a great value, no matter how you look at it.
The Mongolian Grille on Davie is a high-value, do-it-yourself eatery which never fails to satisfy. I have been here on numerous occasions and have never left hungry. The food is fresh and the sauces flavorful and zesty. The all-you-can-eat aspect never fails to satisfy.
The service is attentive and consistent. The milieu is appropriate.
Parking can be sketchy but that is downtown Vancouver. Park at your own risk in this drug-infested city courtesy of a liberal leftist government.
Overall, the dining experience at the Mongolian Grille on Davie is very satisfying and I look forward to my next dining experience at this fine establishment.
Typical mongolie place,not great,but not terrible.The food line can get a bit messy,however.
Always busy,so there is no good time to go.Booths are a little cramped,
The sauces could use a little zestiness to them,and a little less water.
Parking is a bit tricky,but you can pay and park in the shoppers lot.
The quality of their items isn't that but but it didn't taste very good. The grill seems a bit dirty, the sauces didin't taste very good.
I can see why others might like this place but to me the food was nothing to go out of your way for.
You get what you pay for, 10.95 gets you stuffed and smiling, Solid mongolian food with a great experience. I enjoyed the buffet style layout, ambiance was solid, not hideous and not anything to talk about really. Its a simple good concept because its not like you can blame the cook if you dont like what you get since you pick what goes in your food, I really enjoyed the beef which had a jerky dry quality when cooked, same went for all other meats, the tastiest combination i came up with was chicken +onion +mushroom+noodles+currey sauce+hot pepper sauce =yummy curry dish, definitly worth a try if your in the area
I ate here so many times when I lived downtown. The best value is the take out dinner, which I almost always had. Some prefer to dine in as you can go up for seconds. Good selection of ingredients (and as much meat or veggies as you can pack in to your bowl). As shady as it might look to a first time diner, I never once got sick or felt unsure about what I was eating. Greasy decor, yes, does it matter when you take out your food? No! Go try this little place for lunch or dinner and I bet you'll go back!
I think they should shut the doors for a weeks or so and clean the place up a little including maybe painting it, washing it and giving it a face lift. It is about time. I have seen many owners go through there and have been a regular there but it is about time for a change. I would also recomend having the place shut for a day a week to maintain the place
Decided to give this Mongolian Grill a try the other night - it's a no-frills restaurant, which was slightly over half-full when we arrived at about 7:30pm on a Friday night.
We were seated quickly and the server took our drink order while we headed for the buffet bar. There were ample quantities of meats and veggies - the meats are all frozen and the veggies all seemed fresh. The sauces area was a bit messy (as sauces tend to be), but there was a good selection.
The food was prepared quickly and when we returned to the table our drinks and rice were ready. Although soup was mentioned on the menu as being included with the all-you-can-eat dinner, it never materialized (I didn't really want soup anyway, so no big deal, but it was a curious omission).
The rice was a bit on the dry side, but not too bad - I found that the ingredients I chose were somewhat overcooked on both an initial bowl, and a subsequent refill. I would have preferred it if the cook made it slightly less well-done, as it tended to reduce the flavour of the ingredients.
On the whole, a full stomach at a decent price. Nothing fancy.
After spending the day in Vancouver with my girlfriend, she suggested that we eat at the Mongolian BBQ. I was hesitant at first but the gamble paid off as the experience there was outstanding.
Before you enter you smell the great aromas filling the air outside the sidewalk and it totally convinces you to come inside and grab a bit to eat.
Being new to this place the waitress asked if I have ever been here or not and they explain it very simple. You select beef, lamb, pork, or chicke (or combine all the meats) then you add noodles, various vegtables, and which ever sauces tickle your fancy (soy, mongo jam, seasame seed oil, ect) after you make your selections you make your way into the line and the chef cooks your food in less than 30 seconds.
The chopsticks that the chef uses are as big as broom handles (seriously) and the flat grill is about four feet in diameter and the amount of heat and smoke that comes from this thing is intense.
The ambiance is like a cafeteria as you have to wait in line until the chef cooks the food but at the same time is very homly and cozy. I do have to say however that if you shouldn't go in wearing nice clothes as afterwards you do smell like your meal due to the exhaust fan not picking up all of the cooking fumes.
Service here is very friendly and tentative, lots of wait staff and the manager is always around greeting people coming and going.
Eating here is definatley an experience, the sights, sounds, and smells of watching your food being cooked right in front of you is very nice to watch
Generally speaking, I wouldn't go there again - but that is as much because of the experience and not because of the food/value.
With this place, you really get what you pay for. With all-you-can-eat for $11.35, a ridiculous deal, you can't expect much from the atmosphere. It was dingy, smokey (from the cook surface), and some of the sanitation was questionable. The sauces didn't have the zest they could've, but generally speaking the food was OK. A fantastic value.
Now for the experience. We spent about as much time standing in line waiting to have our food cooked as we did eating/enjoying it. The wait (while standing) was 15-20 minutes that we could have been sitting and enjoying ourselves (and instead we were packed in to a line-up beside the buffet).
It wasn't efficient, but it was a cost effective way to have a good meal. What ever you do, don't try this place if you are in a rush or if you are particular about super-cleanliness. :)
This restaurant has gone thru 2 changes of ownership and I lunch there on weekly basis. To be frankly it is amongst one of my fav eateries DT because of the good price (AYCE, no frills, true!!) and delicious food and everything. I am always greeted by its friendly and helpful waitress, and I am sure you will find it easy to befriend with staff there.
However, they do need to do a great deal to improve the sanitation. The floor is a bit greasy; sauce table is dirty; and heavy greasy build-up is literally visible at every corner of the cooking area. The restaurant was ordered to close for cleaning for 2 days late last year...but I see little change in the condition.
So, there you have it; when it comes to food itself, price, service, I highly recommend this place. But if you are a clean freak, well, stay away!!
We have just arrived in Vancouver 2 weeks ago, we had a lot to celebrate..
dont know how we arrived in the Mongolian BBQ on Davie Street
..incredibly awful buffet, really durty place, absolutely nothing to create what could be a proper salad, and the rest is just absolutely incredible:
a small buffet, still frozen meat, nothing clean, some veggetables swimming in ...sauces? and half a dozen of sauces to add to your bowl, cant even make the difference between the sauces, some veggetable swimmimng too in the sauces jars...
We staid and decided to try (why? too lazy and too late to change..?)
the more I looked the more I could see everything was full of a greassy dirt, lamps, lights above the buffet, floor, wall..
We also asked for a glass of wine....well called 'red wine'....dont even worht I write about that also!
ambiance : no one , ..
well we wil lhave to celebrate our stuff in another restaurant
now we are laughing about this sad experience but not so much at the moment to pay ...;(
The ambiance leaves a lot to be desired, but I love everything else about Davie Mongolian. The staff are always warm and friendly, and the chef I see every time I go knows me by name and always has a smile for me.
All you can eat for 11 bucks is a great deal, considering you can load up on veggies and meats (I usually go for more veggies than anything; I'm not a big fan of meat) and noodles. There's a good variety of sauces that you add to your meal, creating your own flavour, and everything is cooked on a giant grill in under a minute.
The only complaint I have is that I don't like my food spicy, and if the person ahead of me in line puts a lot of chili oil or other hot sauces, it gets transferred to my food. Once to the point of my food being inedible to me, but the staff were great about it and let me make another bowl (this was not during the all-you-can-eat dinner time). This isn't the restaurant's fault per se, but maybe just a bit of a warning.
Also, the place can tend to get a bit messy during peak hours, but every time I've been there, I've seen a young man come out of the back at regular intervals to clean up after the messy patrons.
There's something about this place that keeps me coming back, year after year. I recommend it highly for their great staff and awesome deal. You leave full and satisfied at a very decent price.
I have been going here for at least 6 years and i was hooked by the first time i went there, it is by far my absolutley #1 favorite place to eat, helpful smileing staff and seriously the best food ever, i just cant get enough, 11 bucks all you can eat!!! why go to the Mongoli grill when you can go here? NEVER go to the Mongoli grill if you can help it, searh for mongoli grill for my review of that place.
Coming here is always a treat. Making your own meal is always a fun adventure, as you experiment with different combinations of meat, veggies, and sauces from their ample buffet-style bar. The all-you-can-eat format ensures you will never go home hungry.
Service I have always found to be very courteous and polite, especially the chefs themselves. They always seem to have a smile on their face and a jolly demeanor, despite having what I can only assume to be a very hot and thankless job.
Decor is the main drag. Typical low-budget Asian restaurant. I'm sure you can imagine it. Think of lots of browns and puke-yellows. But when you're hungry and want a quick and hearty meal, this place can't be beat.