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Friday, December 28, 2007

Genghis Khan Mongolian BBQ

As seen in Hungry? Thirsty? OrangeCounty 1st edition
By Griffin Tamura

GENGHIS KHAN MONGOLIAN BBQ
What a big round grill you have! The better to cook your meat on!

$$$
23615 El Toro Road, Lake Forest 92630
(between Rockfield and Muirlands)
Phone (949) 951-8296
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No website

CATEGORY
[Mongolian] [Barbecue] [Hole in the wall] [Low-key] [Neighborhood eatery]

HOURS
Mon-Fri: 11:30 AM-9:30 PM
Sat-Sun: 11:30 AM-10:00 PM

PARKING
Located in the same shopping center as Office Depot and Smart and Final. There is plenty of free lot parking available.

PAYMENT
[VISA] [MC] [AMEX] [DISC]

POPULAR DISH
The most popular thing to get here is obviously the Mongolian BBQ. You start with a bowl of thinly sliced, raw, frozen meat. You have a choice of turkey, beef, pork, lamb or a combination of any of them. You add your own "toppings" such as onions, cilantro, celery, tomatoes and bean sprouts, top it off with a soy based cooking sauce and hand it to the man at the big round grill. The man working the grill will quickly cook your meats on the very hot grill and present it to you piping hot in a fresh clean bowl.

UNIQUE DISH
They also have a menu of Chinese food items for those that do not wish to have Mongolian.

DRINKS
Beer, wine and soft drinks are served. Everyone gets a pot of hot tea at their table.

SEATING
Average sized neighborhood restaurant with about 20 tables. I don't usually experience much of a wait here.

AMBIANCE/CLIENTELE
During lunch you will see many business people and people on their lunch breaks. For dinner, expect to see families and couples out for a casual dinner.

EXTRAS/NOTES
They are closed daily between lunch and dinner from 3:00 Pm to 5:00 Pm. They offer all you can eat Mongolian BBQ for $9.95 at lunch and $12.50 for dinner. Sometimes my friend Tim and I compete to see who can eat the most bowls. Don't fill up on the rice, go for the pocket bread instead.

1 comment:

Mary Pitman said...

I moved away about 5 years ago and have missed your food so very much. I hope Julie and her family still run your resturant as we liked it so very much. My husband talked about wanting food from there, but he died this past January. I will be in the area on the 20th and so looking forward to eating there again and renewing my friendships. Keep up the good work.