Last night while out and about with my fiance Jenna, we decided to stop and grab dinner and pretty randomly chose Mongo’s Grill in Maple Grove, MN. Upon entering, it took me a moment to realize what kind of restaurant it was, but it quickly became clear that this was a Mongolian style restaurant. Previously, I had eaten at places like Khan’s in Roseville, but had never really done another restaurant like it.
Our server was a very friendly young man named Mitch. He greeted us and asked if we had been at Mongo’s before, we informed him we had never been there before but had been to places similar, to which he explained that Mongo’s is very much like the competition however they are superior in that their assortment is much larger. He clarified a question on the menu and had suggested using more sauces than is recommended in order to really get a blast of flavors.
If you are unfamiliar with a Mongolian restaurant (often referred to as a Mongolian BBQ), the set up is pretty simple; you grab a bowl, load up on raw, fresh and/or frozen ingredients, smother it with sauces/oils/rubs and then hand it off to a cook who cooks it right there on a large grill and they may add rice or peanuts or any number of additional items. When done, they hand it off and you enjoy it.
I hate to do a comparison between Mongo’s and Khan’s, but I feel like I don’t really have a choice and to be completely frank, Mongo’s is superior in most ways that I can think of. See, Khan’s has been around a long time and it feels like an older restaurant. Mongo’s feels newer, more fresh, and they most certainly have a very large menu item assortment to load into your bowls. I decided to go with a bit more of a classic stir-fry selection with marinated pork. One thing I noticed after getting our bowls that I kind of wish I had noticed before, is that on the menu “insert”, it had pre-designed recipes (so to speak), like Macaroni and Cheese. Now, they don’t have actual Macaroni and Cheese, however by following their suggested menu items and adding cheddar cheese at the grill, it is a mock of it… pretty clever! Additionally, we noticed that on the menu insert, it showed that they had gluten free and vegan friendly recipe suggestions, very flexible too.
I did end up posting an image while at Mongo’s on my Instagram (follow me!!!) which I found out was displayed on Mongo’s website, pretty fantastic 🙂
Overall, Mongo’s Grill is a pretty terrific restaurant. My only gripe is that I wish they had set up the protein items to be first in the selection process rather than vegetables. My thought is that I’m going to end up loading up on veggies and then won’t have room for all of that delicious meat. So my advice, go load up on your meat/protein first, then circle back for the veggies.
Mongo’s Grill – Maple Grove
11628 Fountains Drive North
Maple Grove, Minnesota