Best Mongolian Barbecue in OC?
I fell in love with Mongolian when I lived in Taipei for a short time, and I am always on the lookout for a good restaurant serving it. I have lived in Orange County for a long time now, and I have yet to find the perfect one. It seems that most are small and shabby.
I am hoping that the right restaurant is out there, waiting. I do have two absolute requirements: they must serve the pita-like sesame bread, and cilantro must be an available ingredient.
Not gonna tell you it's great, because it's not. They have the sesame bread for sure. I believe they have cilantro, but I can't be sure. That's 1 out of 3. Batting .333 isn't bad
Please report back and let us know if you were really disappointed, just a little disappointed, or reasonably ok with your visit.
23615 El Toro Rd
Lake Forest, CA 92630
re: Professor Salt
Unfortunately they are the best I have found in Orange County. I have been there many times, and the food is fair, but the restaurant is a bit worn in general, and the floor plan of the dining room is not great. The buffet line for the meats and vegetables is wedged into an awkward corner, creating annoying traffic jams, and is often messy with spilled sauces and stray vegetables. It seems to be inevitable that mongolian barbecue restaurants are plagued with sloppy buffet lines, but considering how many restaurants have excellent, clean and orderly salad bars, it can't be too hard to do the same at a mong-bq place.
re: Professor Salt
There's another Genghis Khan in Fullerton (not sure if it's a chain, franchise, etc) on the s/w corner of State College & Chapman Ave. It's a dump, but I love that dump. They have the sesame pocket bread & cilantro.
There's an "upscalish" one in La Habra (n/e corner of Imperial Hwy & Harbor Blvd). It's prettier but isn't as tasty as Genghis Khan.
Agree with the Professor that there isn't any great ones in OC. We loved hitting them in college and right after for filler on a budget. Another alternative to Genghis is
18900 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley 92708-7306
Their set up is much better than Genghis where the bar is set out in the open instead of in a corner and you could have a line on each side. I thought this place was *slightly* better than Genghis. Bigger, better service, quality of meat. But they are also worn around the edges. It's all relative of course.
It's on the south side of Brookhurst on the same mall as a McDonald's.
My nephew loves to grab lunch in Brea at a place called Mad Wolf???
He hasn't pulled me in there yet; so could not give opinion. He loved it though, and usually has great restaurant picks. I'm certain someone here would be happy to give you their opinion on it. Enjoy your quest!