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Mongo's Stir Fry Grill

2897 Broadway West
Vancouver, BC V6K2G6
Tel: (604) 739-4888
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Cuisine: Mongolian
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet
  • Features: Wifi, Television, Wheelchair accessible
  • Select the items you want such as beef, chicken, pork and lamb plus plenty of fresh vegetables. Add your sauces using the helpful sauce chart. Then watch them cook the food in front of you. All you can eat or discounted single bowl options available. Recently changed its name from Great Wall Mongolian Grill.

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Stirfry To Your Liking
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

Food: meat selection consisted of thinly sliced chicken, pork, beef, & lamb. fairly decent selection of vegetables. i was a little disappointed no mushrooms. huge variety of diff't sauces. the taste is what u make it, so if ur happy w/ the taste blame yourself! ha! came w/ white rice and vegetable soup.

Service: our server was very nice and courteous. he was very friend and knew the regulars. i dont know how he figured it out but after we picked out our food we left the food by the grills and he asked us to sit down and figured out which plates were for who! narrow parking spots are available in the back.

Value: med size was around $6 and large $7. for all you can eat which is really 2X round is $12. i had mine filled fairly high for 1 person as did my companions but no one said anything. there were definitely ppl w/ high stacked and compacted bowls but it didnt appear to be a problem. not sure if i agreed w/ the previous viewer but if the restaurant wants to avoid this they should post a min charge of $3 or something to avoid situations like this where ppl might try to take advantage of the system.

Ambiance: not sure if it's quite "decent"...but not as bad as "poor". the walls could use some wiping or a new coat of paint. interior reminds me of a cafeteria type feel. some tables and booths on the sides. could definitely use some upgrading. i'm glad to say the area around the food was clean though. very casual place to grab a quick bite.

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Cheap Eats
By thecritic of Vancouver (374 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 29, 2004 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

It may not be the classiest place to take a date, but its a solid place to fill your pie hole. The Great Wall is a mongolian style restaurant where you fill your bowl with your choice of meat, vegetables and sauces. Its then cooked on a large flat surface for about a minute or so and voila. Don't mess up on the sauces or you can end up with something that tastes like a mad scientist's experiment.

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Good for cheap, big meals
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 28, 2007 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

Good place to go for lunch. You can get a single filling bowl or all you can eat for only a little higher price. The place has a sketchy ambiance, but it's a good place for a student to dine at. Just make sure to take it easy with the sauce experimentation.

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Okay food
By ericandkristine of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

My bf and I went here for a quick lunch, and chose a few items off the buffet table. We chose some meat- which were all frozen (not the best choice as I am accustomed to having fresh meat at these sort of places), some veg, noodles, and sauce. The cook made it quickly, and the server brought it over to us right away. Because the meat was frozen before it was cooked (not even thawed beforehand), it tasted a bit chewy and dry. The noodles, veg, and complimentary rice and soup however, were okay.

Not the cleanest looking place, but it works for people that are really hungry and on a budget.

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Dissapointing Dinner
By xokaoriox of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

The Boyfriend and I decided to try out Mongo's since I was craving Mongolian BBQ and found it in the Entertainment Book.

Upon entering I was surprised at how roomy and clean it looked (compared to other Mongolian Restaurants). We were greeted by the only server working the whole restaurant. She smiled and was friendly.

We decided on the all you can eat dinner which was $13.95. The vegetables looked fresh but I was a little disappointed that there was no baby corn. I did not like how the frozen meats were set up. Basically, all the meats were thrown into the cooler which had no separators separating the different meats. I only like Chicken and I absolutely dislike Lamb and was a little grossed out to see that the lamb was right next to the chicken and could easily be mixed up with the chicken. I tried my best to make sure i only grabbed chicken.

When you're ready for your food to be cooked be warned that it may take about 1/2 hr. Even though the restaurant was not anywhere near being full it took about 25 mins for our food to arrive. There was a line up of bowls that needed cooking that were ahead of us (even though there was no one in line) This place works a little different. They bring the food to you instead of you having to wait which is a nice idea but, you either have to ask the server or go back up with your dish to add sesame seeds, Sriracha or pineapple.

So when we finally got our food, All I could taste was lamb.. I was disappointed but it could not be helped since all the meats were mixed together in the cooler. I thought the next round would be better.

When I received my next round, I noticed there was pineapple on my plate. The waitress had made a mistake as I didn't ask for pineapple . I love pineapple when it's cold and by it's self but, not warm on a plate with hot food. All I could taste the second round was pineapple juice and for some reason it was making my tongue swell (maybe i'm allergic?)

They need a better system for getting the correct order to you. I was a little worried that i'd get the wrong plate and I was probably right.. I probably got someone elses choice. Our waitress had to ask which one was ours and came to our table while we already had ours to ask if the plate she was holding was also ours. A few tables plates were mixed up and we saw them looking at each other's plates and exchanging them with each other (they didn't know each other!) wouldn't it be easier if they write on a piece of paper your name or which table you are at? (it's not that difficult)

At the end of our meal, we went up to pay with our entertainment coupon in hand and was told by our waitress that there was a printing mistake and it was supposed to be 15% off not 25% as it states. They either should have honored it or had a sign that said that there was a printing mistake.

In the end, she over charged us as our bill came out to $27 even when it should have been around $23. Maybe she charged us for the food I left which I couldn't eat because she had put pineapple on my plate in which I didn't ask for.

We were really disappointed with this establishment and will not be returning.

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Inspection free?
By keithsgirl of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 9:33am [Dine in]

My partner and I went to eat here the other night after not being in quite sometime. Before leaving to go to the restaurant, my co-worker had informed me that some inspections had been done. At first, I was leary but after going and seeing the transformation myself - I have my confidence back that this place is better now - even though the original feel of a "Mongolian" restaurant is gone.

The first thing I noticed was that the staff had changed. Gone were the little Asian girls and replaced with slower servers. The next thing I noticed was the music - that particular night hip hop was playing and a little loud while the tv showed a hockey game. I am not sure hip hop and Mongolian grill go together but anyhow what I am here to write about is the food.

The vegetables were fresh and the meat frozen as it should be before being cooked. The dish came out awesome! I was a little taken aback by our server that she had to ask us twice if we wanted rice with our meal and soup. Well, yeah!

I will go back but probably only if the Hollywood has a movie playing that I want to see.

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a great place for all you can eat
By nonstopgo of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

this place is greeat if youre hungry

its affordable and you can fix yourself up a delicious hot stir fry, mmm

i reccomend using a good amount of sauce, as the meat can be a tiny bit dry. the vegetables are fairly fresh however, and it all tastes delicious to be sure

the bathrooms are a little dingy, but for the price, who cares.

awesome for college students

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A favourite
By mgermani of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 8, 2006 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

I keep coming back here, despite it having been closed down for health reasons briefly. The service is excellent (they memorize who each dish belongs to when you leave them in line, and they're usually spot-on) and the food is very filling.

My only complaint is the ambience - in the summer they have lots of flies, and it's usually not cleaned very well. The benches in the booths are falling apart and the washroom is... terrifying.

But it's worth it for the food!

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Extra hidden charges!
By yonny of Kitsilano (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

Today me and the missus went to Great Wall, but since we weren't that hungry, decided we wanted to share a single large bowl.

My girlfriend assembled all the food in the large bowl and filled as full as she possibly could. After she had added all of the sauces, the waitress came over and said that there was too much food in the large bowl. She told us that we would have to pay an extra $3 on top of the $6.95.

She pointed to to a sign that basically said "don't waste our food - there is a $3 charge if you have leftovers". This sign didn't apply to us, since between the two of us, there would have been no leftovers. We weren't happy that she asked us to pay extra just because she felt the food was piled to high, so we left.

We've been to a number of Mongolian restaurants and none have ever had problems with us filling our bowls quite high. If that's the business model that you are going to adopt, you have to expect that some people are going to try and get the best value for their money by putting in as much food as possible.

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Awesome cheap food! But kind of dirty looking restaurant.
By Kitsilanochef of Kitsilano, Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

This is one of my favorite places for a cheap eat in the area! The soup, chips and rice that come before your meal are always yummy, the meat and veggies are always fresh and you pretty much make your food so you can't really go wrong. It is usually busy whenever I go but the food is always fried up very fast and a heaping large bowl will feed a very hungry person, I always get too much! Just be careful to not use too much sauce, a couple of spoonfuls is usually sufficient. The same couple is always working when we are there and they are always so sweet and polite, since its so cheap I usually tip well. I heard the have had health violations but I am hoping that's all cleared up because I really like this place. I wish they would spend a few bucks and spruce up the place though.

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Calculate the wait times...
By nogami of Coquitlam (39 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 12:35am [Dine in]

I haven't been to Great Wall for over a year now, but happened to be in the neighbourhood, so we decided to drop in for a cheap dinner before heading home.

Word of caution: Before deciding to stay and eat, best to check the length of the line...

On average, the cook takes about 1.5 - 2 minutes per-person to cook someone's food when handed the bowl (and they only cook one bowl at a time).

So if you have 15-20 people in front of you (not uncommon around dinner time), figure anywhere from 20-40 minutes of standing in line before your food gets cooked. It makes the AYCE a bit of joke unless you plan on spending a couple of hours there waiting in line. I saw a couple of people do "double bowls", which makes sense, but can get people behind you in line grumpy.

It's also quite a small restaurant, so if you're sitting at tables near the lineup, you're going to have people constantly running into your chair.

I probably won't be back - there are better choices downtown that are still good value, have faster service and are less crowded.

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Poor service followed by insolent argumentativeness by manager
By Lovemyfood of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

This restaurant, formerly known as the Mongolie Grill, has recently changed hands and changed names.
We have gone there a few times since the handover, when the place was not busy. Apparently, the maximum load limit for this place is exceeded by having 20 people arrive at the same time--we know this because a large party arrived just before we did tonight.
After selecting our food, we waited a half hour before it was cooked. This was while the cook chose to take orders from members of the large party ahead of us, even though they had chosen their food after we did. I watched this happen four times.
When all 20 had finally been served, the second cook decided to leisurely scrape and wash the grill. I am glad he did, because it was disgusting. However, the wash job occupied further time.

Then, when business resumed, in spite of having 7 orders lined up, take out orders were first onto the grill. We made our objections known, clearly and instantly, and the cook went ahead with the takeout orders anyway, telling us that they had "several" that they had to clear.

After we finally received our meals, and ate, we went to pay. The manager assured us that he was "sorry for our inconvenience" but he was sure we wanted to eat from a clean grill. We told him that being told about the grill cleaning would have helped, but nonetheless, it had taken a full half hour to receive our meals in this fast-cook noodle place.

To add insult to injury, we told him, it was clear that a takeout customer has more value to this restaurant than an eat-in customer, as they get preference, whereupon the manager assured us that this was "only fair" as the take out customer was standing and we were "seated and not going anywhere" so we didn't have a problem.

I told him in no uncertain terms that it wasn't his business what we were doing with our lives, and that the issue was that the take out customer received preferential treatment, while the eat-in customers waited.
This situation then devolved into the manager attempting to justify himself and explain away all our issues. He concluded by telling us that we were "making too big a deal" out of everything.

Seriously, who in the world is the manager of a noodle joint to tell his customers how big a deal poor service and bad management should be in their own opinion?

As result, we told him that since takeout customers are his preferred clients, and we don't do takeout, we will be removing ourselves from his customer list. I am sure he's just as happy about this as we are.

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mmmm
By blonde604 of white rock (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

Husband and I drive from white rock to come here for dinner. Its cheap all you can eat and we love it!!.. Healthy choice than pizza and allot cheaper. I recommend it for a student. I would not come here on a date or if I had $$. The service is quick, fast and friendly. It's a must go kind of place! Parking is allittle bit hard but what place in vacnouver isn't??

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their food is FAR FROM FRESH!! BAD experience for the 3rd time!
By happymama of North Vancouver District (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant a few times because I live in the neighborhood. this time is the worst and made me want to write a review to let people know. food was not at all fresh, the spinach was dry and pitty looking, the meats are all frozen and the pork AND the tofu in my order had gone bad, they both tasted sour which is strange because the meats were frozen. I had to throw away my order!!!! I love mongolian grill and thought I'd give them 2nd chances but totally disppointed!!

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amazing!
By sirena129 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 7, 2010 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

This is my favourite place for lunch. It's definitely not fancy, but the food is really delicious and super affordable. It's a good place to go with friends when you want to go out for good food but you're on a budget. The people working there are extremely nice. It's great to have found a place in Vancouver that is has great, cheap food and is not pretentious. I think it's a better value than Mongolian Grill which charges you by the weight. At Great Wall you get to pick your own veggies/noodles/sauces for your stir fry, so it's fun to make a different creation every time you go!

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