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Aug 20, 2007 06:55 PM

New Hot Pot Restaurant Opening in San Diego

While driving home from dinner, I noticed a new sign in front of the strip mall on Clairemont Boulevard where Thai Cafe(4722 Clairemont Blvd) is located. The sign said Mongolian Hot Pot and Grill. I think this will be an outpost of "Little Sheep".

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      1. re: honkman

        thanks honkman. I looked at the website and for some reason most of the links don't really work or tell me more about it, but by the looks of it, it looks similar to what Dong Ting Spring in Vegas and Liu Liu Hot Pot in Toronto have--Sichuan hotpot with one side of spicy broth and the other with clear broth. I hope they'll be open when the weather gets colder and drier!

        1. re: daantaat

          This being Chowhound and all - here's a post from the LA board.

          There used to be a location in Hacienda Heights but it closed down. From what I understand it's more Mongolian hot Pot than Yuan Yang Guo.

    1. Saw it on Saturday...interior looks pretty.

      1. wonder if its all you can eat? that'd be cool. I like the ones with a metal bowl in the middle for your hot pot and the grill around it =)

        and is it open yet?

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        1. re: clayfu

          No- they were finishing the interior last Saturday. Front door was open for air circulation. It is right next/same set of buildings as the all you an eat Thai place you just mentiond.

        2. The woman in charge told me yesterday they will open Monday, Sept. 24th. Hours are 10-10. The menu says $3.75/person plus individual ingredients are $4-6.50. See you all there.

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          1. re: 92107

            OH MAN I AM FIRST IN LINE~!~!~! (or first for the dinner rush)

            1. re: clayfu

              Hours on window-saw posted last night: They are closed between lunch and dinner.
              M-TH11:30-3 5:30-9
              F-Sat 11:30-3 5:30-10
              Sun 11:30-3 5:30-9:30

          2. Hit up Little Sheep for dinner. Man, they are so good! I got the yin/yang soup base: half spicy - with tons of halved red chiles, a whole black cardamom, green onion, coriander, cumin, wolfberry, red dates, garlic, and sliced ginger; half yang - with ginseng root, sliced ginger, garlic cloves, and the same cardamom, green onion and lots of cumin. Got sliced lamb shoulder, (much better than that at Zion or Ranch 99), Chrysanthemum greens (tong ho), lamb wontons, fresh thick cut noodles, and a sesame pancake - which is actually a raised bread round sliced into wedges - like what they had at Jamillah Garden or have at Ranch 99, but without green onion. They didn't have the (cuttle)fish dumplings yet, I'd guess b/c they're still gearing up.
            The service was really attentive, bringing lots of much needed water and extra hot broth from an electric teapot to top off the bowl when either side got low from evaporation or slurping. It takes a while to cook it right yourself and you need some chopstick skillz. Very relaxing, nice atmosphere with erhu music in the background. It's a bigger place than I expected, and is very well laid out - they're obviously putting money into their operation. I saw a website where you can buy stock, actually. Don't know how legible these are, but here's some menu pics.

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            1. re: trentyzan

              ooh ooh ooh! we'll be defininitely hitting them up when the weather gets colder!

              1. re: trentyzan

                The cost is probably 1-2$ more than in LA /tear. The meat quality also wasn't as good for the lamb and the beef. Maybe i should have gotten the more expensive option, but at 2$ more than LA per order i don't know if it was worthwhile.

                We had.. 8 orders of meat, Tong Ho, 2 orders of noodles, 2 orders of frozen tofu, 3 orders of meatballs, napa cabbage, pea sprouts, golden mushrooms (every place names it differently.. shrug) the sesame pancake and it came out to a wopping 21$ a person for 7 people! I thought it was rather expensive, and no one was stuffed =(.

                THEY CHARGED FOR SAUCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They charged $1 for each order of sauce that you had! That's outrageous!

                that being said, its the only hot pot in SD so i'll be going again. =P (i believe i may have seen a certain food blogger there)

                1. re: clayfu

                  *everybody* seems to be taking photos of their food these days. Only two other tables used at Sakura last night and both were taking pictures. The nice waitresses who stand at the kitchen door and ..wait.. must just giggle at all the cameras..

                  1. re: Cathy

                    I guess I should have joined the party last night. I was planning on hitting up this place over the weekend, hopefully the word doesn't get out before then cause I don't want to have to wait for a table.

                    1. re: mliew

                      I was at Sakura. Ewveryone else was at Little Sheep. Most restaurants are not crowded on Mondays or Tuesdays. That is the best time to go.

                      Checkthe hours of Little Sheep I posted above. Closed between breakfast and lunch. Unsure how late they will seat you at end of lunch hours...and if there will be a line to get in for dinner, esp on the first weekend.

                    2. re: clayfu

                      Doesn't Dede's serve hot pot too?

                      1. re: candicew

                        Yeah, and Ba Ren as mentioned - let's hope for a seasonal price war!