Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gobi: Mongolian BBQ Done Better

When I think of Mongolian BBQ, I think of my campus cafeteria and a couple of dives around UCLA and Caltech. I think of people overstuffing their bowls with meat and noodles. Well, the latter may still be true at Gobi, but here they use all natural, hormone free meats and vegetables from the farmer's market. Plus, great gelato + good beer list = beer floats!

Mongolian BBQ

For those unfamiliar with it, Mongolian BBQ is pretty much a DIY meal. Starting with an empty bowl, you grab your own meats, vegetables, noodles, and sauces - as much as you can fit in the bowl. At Gobi, the prices are $9.95 for lunch and $12.95 for dinner (extra $3 for shrimp).

Gobi uses hormone-free meats, and I stuffed my bowl full of the lamb! It's pretty unusual to find lamb at these places.

Their vegetables are also fresh from the farmer's market, most of them the standard items but there are a couple of seasonal specials.
There are plenty of sauce options beyond the traditional bbq from asian pesto to green curry to mint lemon juice. If you're confused, just look up and follow the suggested recipes.
At Gobi, you MUST save room for dessert (or beer float - they also have a pretty good beer list)!
One of the owner's husband owns Pazzo Gelato, so all the gelato, gelato sandwiches, and the beer floats here are made with Pazzo! The other blogger and the PR who were there with me weren't drinking so I felt bad about ordering a beer float and settled with trying two gelato flavors made especially for Gobi, both of them containing beer.
Completely different but both excellent, I couldn't stop eating the yuzu-wit sorbetto and the espresso stout gelato.


The sandwiches featured vanilla and espresso gelato (no stout). Better than a certain popular ice cream sandwich truck, if you ask me.

Gobi also has tons of specials for you. Wednesday and Saturday nights are all-you-can-eat night for for $13.99 on Tuesdays you can get beer floats for half off ($3.50). I don't know if they use the same quality meat for the AYCE nights but I hope so. There's a special discount every day and you can check their website for the complete list.

Gobi Mongolian BBQ
2827 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 989-0711
Gobi Mongolian BBQ House on Urbanspoon

Disclosure: this visit was hosted


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