The intoxicating aroma of grilled meat ignites our primeval human senses like hearing music inspires dance or seeing a baby wearing sunglasses instills fear. React appropriately with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of fare and drink at Gobi Mongolian BBQ House in Silver Lake.
Gobi Mongolian BBQ House harnesses the freshness of local produce and the fiery tradition of iron grills to prepare customizable Mongolian cuisine. To begin, mealmasons grab a bowl and choose a tasty lean meat from the menu to lay a savory foundation of chicken, lamb, turkey, pork, beef, or black tiger shrimp. Next, a hearty selection of veggies from the Echo Park and Hollywood farmers’ markets add flavor and fiber, while a river of sauces such as asian pesto, lemongrass, and green curry season dishes without the artificial aid of MSG or performance-enhancing drugs. Finally, the mélange is mixed with noodles and entrusted to the care of the stir-fry cooks, who turn raw ingredients into steaming helpings before each diner’s salivating eyeballs. Both lunch ($9.95) and dinner ($13.95, served in a larger bowl) are paired with complimentary hot sesame rolls at the table. Additionally, patrons can opt for appetizers such as the crispy tofu salad ($6.95), sides such as brown rice ($2), or desserts such as the chocolate molten cake sundae ($8).
In addition to grilling delicious eats from the East, Gobi Mongolian BBQ pours a multitude of drinks such as a smooth, dry Hakutsuru junmai ginjo sake ($8), a frothy Belgian Chimay Blue ale ($7), and a cordial soju cosmopolitan ($7) for keeping bowls company during lonely nights on the steppe.
Gobi Mongolian BBQ
Having garnered praise from the likes of Gayot, LA Weekly, and foodie blog Eating L.A., Gobi Mongolian BBQ fulfills the hype with menu featuring a customizable, self-serve buffet of veggies from local farmers' markets and lean, all-natural meats. After visitors load bowls with proteins such as certified Angus beef, chicken, pork, turkey, or tofu, they add a selection of vegetation before hitting the sauce station. This is where the fun starts. As L.A. Times writer Jessic Gelt put it in her 2009 review, "saucing is a science" at this Silver Lake hot spot. Whether they strike off on their own or follow one of the restaurant's handy guides, diners can choose combinations from 11 MSG-free sauces ranging from traditional hoisin and green curry to "Facebook-generation" flavors including lemon mint and asian pesto.
With sauces taken care of, noodles top off the feast before cooks step in to stir-fry the igredients and serve the steaming dish with two homemade hot sesame rolls. Other menu offerings include small bites such as crispy pork dumplings, mixed greens salads with creamy sesame dressing, and brownie sundaes with vanilla bean gelato, candied pralines, and whipped cream.
Five-pour flights from an extensive beer list complement bites, with local craft brews including AleSmith's IPA, Green Flash's Hop Head Red, and Iron Fist's Renegade Blonde often gracing the taps. Brews are joined by traditional highballs, organic wine, sake, and bottled craft soda. In the zen-like dining space, dark wooden tables are surrounded by ledges lined with candles, much like a shrine to birthday cakes.
2827 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90026Get Directions