Great Khan Mongolian Grill questions
I've eaten at this place in Markham, adjacent to Pacific Mall, a few years ago. Much enjoyed it! The only other mongolian grill place I thought was comparable was the BD's Mongolian Grill franchise in the U.S. BD's great but not as a strong focus on Chinese or Asian food as GK's is.
Anyway... I'm thinking about stopping by next week with family this time. I can't remember if the buffet is a separate charge from the mongolian grill?
How's the rice there? I don't remember the last visit real well.
I just found out that GK has a sister franchisee not too far from Eglington, Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill. How does that place compare to Great Khan?
When we're finished eating and ready for the cheque, should we wait for them to proffer it or should we ask for it? I don't recall the cultural nuances involved here.
(I've been to various places in Europe and elsewhere where it was the norm to explicitly ask for it. In the U.S., it's usually offered without asking. Less sure about Asian cultural dining norms.)
Follow-up: my sister, her Canadian husband of Chinese descent and a great guy, and I went there (the Steeles Ave location) yesterday for lunch. We loved it! Brother in law noticed they used bamboo sticks for 'grill management' unlike the metal sticks he had seen in the U.S. He thought this was a very nice touch.
I didn't have a chance to sample a lot because there were simply so many, but quite a few dishes looked good. Definitely returning for a third time in the future. They also agreed it merited future visits. The shaved ice was a big hit, too!
Heh... the very full lunch helped tide me over while waiting two hours to cross the border back into the U.S. :-) (It's usually a 15 min crossing at most, for the Queenston/Lewiston crossing. Must be the holiday traffic or something, this time.)
the buffet is included in the price of the grill.
drinks are not included
I think there is an alacarte menu also. Don't recall the rice at all - I think there's both white and fried.
we just ask for the bill whenever we're ready for it. if it's busy, it's a bit of a scrum.
Personally, I always recommend eating at off hours, esp. on the weekend. Though they do have specific hours for lunch and dinner (we try to have a late late lunch which is as soon as the dinner opens).
Personally, I love the mung bean / shaved ice / evaporated milk dessert thing they have going on at Great Khan
The Steeles and Leslie locations are similar. However the Leslie location does not have the shaved ice dessert setup. Also at Steeles they listed four different buffet menus and specified when they change, but I didn't see that at the Leslie one when I went.
Definitely you can ask for the bill, I don't think anyone would be offended if that's what worries you.
I've eaten at Genghis Khan a few times; it's decent.
My main complaint is that sometimes they're not terrifically busy, which reduces turnover of the items on the buffet side.
The buffet side is buffet-like - eat what you want, but not as good as food that was prepared for you when you asked for it. The grill side makes up for that by being made for you and your choices. The dessert area has a chocolate fountain that my wife enjoys a great deal, although there's nothing that stands out there for me.
That said, it's enjoyable.