Friday, 28 August 2015

Mongolian Hot Pot and BBQ at Mongolian Grill


I’m eating around the world without leaving London and this week I went to Mongolian Grill in Clapham for some Mongolian hotpot and BBQ.

Admittedly a there’s apparently nothing Mongolian about a  Mongolian hotpot or the Mongolian BBQ, but I can tell you that it does make for a fun filled foodie experience.

Mongolian Hot Pot and BBQ at Mongolian Grill
The Mongolian Grill is a bit off the main drag, just beyond Clapham Old Town on North Street, so it seems to attract mainly Claphamites in the know. I booked a table regardless as their website stressed the urgency of it to avoid disappointment. And we don’t like being disappointed.

We were the first customers of the evening and the owner welcomed us in apologising for being on the phone trying to get her family on a package deal holiday some place hot. The house cat, Mr Ling-Ling who was sleeping on a chair, gave us a lazy glance, noticeably annoyed to be woken from his luscious dreams.

Mongolian Hot Pot and BBQ at Mongolian Grill

The restaurant has a very low-key atmosphere; simple d├ęcor dolled up with a couple of Chinese lanterns and red and gold baubles dangling from the ceiling.

Mongolian Hot Pot and BBQ at Mongolian Grill

The tables were all equipped with a private grill in the centre. As I had my heart set on the hot pot, an electric cooker was brought over which was soon hotting up a massive pot filled with a fragrant chicken and a tom yum broth.

Mongolian hot pot and BBQ at Mongolian Grill

After a short demonstration of Mongolian hotpot and BBQ techniques, we eagerly made our way to the buffet table where I stacked my plate with chicken wings, succulent slices of beef, dumplings, and veggies which soon disappeared in the bubbling broth. My friend Morven draped the sizzling grill with succulent slices of beef, chicken and onions and green peppers.

Mongolian Hot Pot and BBQ at Mongolian Grill

The flavours were amazing; the meat and the veggies in the hotpot had soaked up all those wonderful juices of the broth, while the BBQ-ed versions had that lovely grilled taste to them which was complemented by the coriander, garlic and satay dip that we concocted from the condiments bar.

We ate till we could eat no more, the result of letting a Dutch and a Scottish woman loose at a decently priced ‘All You Can Eat’ buffet. We both thought it was a lot of fun, grilling and cooking our own food at our table and I think it would be a great night out for a birthday or a group of friends. Even if it isn't really Mongolian.

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4 comments:

  1. Oh yum! That sounds lovely and you got some great photos. It it tastes nice, it doesn't matter if it's 'authentic'!

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    1. I completely agree. We had a blast of an evening after all. And that's way more important.

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  2. While most of the time I like my dining out experiences to consist of someone else doing the cooking, I am a sucker for things like this... they're always a bit of fun!

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    1. Haha, yeah this is not for the lazy types. But it's great for say those awkward first dates when you don't have anything to talk about.

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