Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mongolian stir-fry at Mongolian Grill in Tecumseh.
Mongolian Grill's expert chefs populate their menu with myriad stir-fry options, Western entrees, and kids' meals. Plunge chopsticks into a single Kwikie-sized stir-fry bowl ($8.99), or quell hunger with an unlimited combination of stir-fry, soup, and salad ($18.99). Customers pick up bowls at a self-service ingredients station and then consult their frontal lobe to select between noodles and meat options such as chicken, beef, lamb, and pork. Sugar snaps, mushrooms, zucchini, and more top off bowls like a delicious bowl top hat before ladles deliver a downpour of sauce to complete the culinary creation. Finally, diners deliver their ingredients to a griller and watch as the expert chef stir-fries meals on a large, circular grill in the centre of the restaurant. Non-stir-fry options, such as an 8-ounce Angus burger topped with a secret Mongo sauce ($10.99), greet tongue buds with the charm of a handsome magician. Meals pair with potent potables from the full bar and cocktail menu, and desserts such as four cheesecake ragoons ($3.49) sate sugar cravings.
Centuries ago, in Mongolia, hunting parties prepared meals by slicing food with their swords and searing it on overturned shields, or, if no shields were available, stolen hubcaps. In the intervening years, chefs have modernized this cooking technique into stir-fry, the signature dish at Mongolian Grill. Patrons fill their bowls with their favourite fixings from a buffet of fresh meat, seafood, and veggies and then hand it to a chef, who stir-fries the food before their eyes. Diners hungry for Western flavours can opt for an array of sandwiches—such as the bacon cheeseburger and the veggie wrap—or build their own pasta dishes from noodles, sauce, and fixings such as meatballs and sautéed veggies. Barkeeps at the full-service bar pour beer, mix martinis, and blend frozen drinks. The kids’ menu, meanwhile, satisfies youthful palates more effectively than deep-fried Angry Birds.