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Mongolian Restaurant

I had heard a lot of Mongolian Barbecues prior to visiting this eaterie in Covent Garden. Having had the self-serve set-up expalined to me by an incomprehensible idiot, I was apprehensive to say the least.

However, all became clear when our party entered. You effectively have meat and fish in one section, vegetables in another and herbs/spices/sauces in the last. The idea is you take ONE type of meat/fish, add your desired vegetables and (the fun part) mix your own sauces from such staples as Black Bean, Barbecue, Chilli, Garlic and Sweet and Sour, together with herbs and other condiments. Hand the raw ingredients in at the hot plate, sure to insert your name-bearing woodstick in the dish, and 10-15 minutes later you get a fried version of your concoction.

The idea is both entertaining and for me, quite exciting. My first 2-3 attempts were as delicious as I hoped - later dishes were a bit rich though. And herein lies the beauty - if you know what you're doing, you can make some wonderful bowls of food.

The downside is that the sauces tend to dominate, and as with any all you can eat affair food is not quite premium quality. However, with a nice layout and seemingly friendly service staff I would definitely go there again. It also represents good value, with unlimited starters, main and a few dinks coming to aroung £18.50 per head.

Friday, July 27, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

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