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“Good but not great.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of BD's Mongolian Barbeque

BD's Mongolian Barbeque
2nd Floor BD's Mongolian Barbecue Restaurant, Seoul Street | Sukhbaatar District, 5th Horoo, Ulaanbaatar 13381, Mongolia
+976 11 31 1191
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Ranked #40 of 173 Restaurants in Ulaanbaatar
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: Barbecue, Mongolian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Irkutsk
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Good but not great.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

The choices are quite wide of both meats, vegetables, and salad. The salad bar was quite fresh and tasty. You can choose between a number of spices and sauces for the barbecue, but it is easy to ruin your food if you don't know how to combine them.

The service was decent in the evening, but was non-existant when we visited in the afternoon. Don't know why, but the food is really hard on my stomach. I did better when the grilled food was combine with steamed rice, so I think it is the grease. It is worth a visit though. During holidays or tourist season though, you will need a reservation in the evening.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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DAYTON
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“It was ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The concept of Mongolian BBQ but obviously via a chain from another country (staff wearing tshirts 'kiss me I'm Mongolian' and such). The food supply from which you select for your meal could have been better presented, protected public health-wise. The meal was good. But, nothing to write home about. Lots of people were eating there, though.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, GA
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111 reviews 111 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
“Not as good as bd's in the U.S., but most people won't know the difference”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I'll start by letting the cat out of the bag: The food is not as good as at the bd's locations in the U.S. because ingredients aren't as good. Some of the meat is of the rolled, previously frozen type that you see in cheaper MBBQs in the U.S. but not at bd's. There was also a white, rolled, frozen selection labeled "fat" that must be for local tastes. Small shrimp looked to be the high card in the deck with nothing else in the fish family when I went, but of course this is Ulaan Baatar and it's hard to get certain things. Sourcing is always tough when you try to expand to such a remote location.

That said, for most people it doesn't matter because they either aren't Americans and aren't trying to fit the trip into a ridiculously short annual vacation, or, even if they are Americans, they've probably never been to bd's because it's only in a handful of states. So those people won't be as fussy as I am about consistency and will be in it for the whole experience. They'll want something that seems adventurous but not too terribly much so, in an inviting, spacious and clean tourist-friendly environment and with friendly, good-natured servers. And on all that the place succeeded. Whether people came in on tour buses or just from walking around the area, it was a good place to check out and try. The grill guy hammed it up a bit, and besides the grill there were soup/salad selections for those so inclined. There were also the most common local bottled beers like Altan Gobi, and THAT'S something they don't have in the U.S. (the U.S. locations have suds, but not Mongolian suds).

Given what a short tourist season UB has, one would assume the place has to draw just enough expats or locals in the colder months to stay afloat, so it's a balancing act. Being part of the Nomads Group probably helps; I tried other Nomads restautants on the trip like the Khaan Ger and Modern Nomads and was generally very happy with it.

I went for lunch and they had a T13,000 single-bowl option or T24,000 unlimited ($1 was about T1,300), so I used my years of bowl-stacking experience to hold it to one bowl. They do the sauces and spices similar to bd's in the U.S. (except, like many stateside bd's, they didn't have both dill and caribbean jerk, my favorite combo). The food came out edible, but more like a mom and pop MBBQ charging $7 in the U.S. than bd's. I had known about the location for several years from bd's website and visits to the U.S. locations and had looked forward to finally trying the UB one. I was happy with the one visit but didn't feel compelled to come back while in UB.

But none of this matters if you haven't been spoiled and ruined like I have. The groups of 60-something Germans or groups of Koreans and everyone else were having a great time. It's worth a visit, especially if you've never tried the food type before. The Lonely Planet guide pointed out that it's non-native to Mongolia, but then again, so is western-style service. Just go.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Haifa, Israel
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46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“tasty and fun, suit your own!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

It’s fun. There’s a great buffet that has lots of ingredients – vegetables of different kinds (9 when we visited, including cabbage, onion, bell pepper, sprouts, corn, carrots, potatoes, celery, green onion and more), pineapple, noodles, different kinds of meat, chicken and fish – more than you can imagine – garnishes and nuts and another selection of sauces and condiments.
You go around and put your choices on a plate, and create your own seasoning in another bowl, take it all to the griddle – a huge round one with a hole in the middle so all the remains can be scraped straight into the fire underneath. Watch the experienced staff toss it with two sword-like tools – and take it to your table. Go for as many rounds as you want. There’s a pot of rice and other side-dishes (a good variety) and a good enough salad bar.

The place is not fancy despite the price. The decor is more like a fast food place than a restaurant, but service was good and quick for drinks and clearing the table.

It is a good place because it is so flexible. Anybody would find food that suits him or her here, nobody leaves hungry. It is also a good way to slowly and gently get acquainted with the local cuisine in its very softened way…

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, Maryland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good to go if you're looking for a western style restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

We ate here once. It was clean and delicious! There are plenty of options for vegetarians, pescatarians, and meat-eaters because you can pick what you want. The stir fry bar had fresh veggies, meats, tofu, soy meat, shrimp, noodles, etc. After picking what you want (including your sauce), you go to the stir fry bar and the cooks stir fry your meal. There was also a salad bar and some ready-made dishes. We were very satisfied with everything. Many tourists and Mongolians were at the restaurant when we went. I recommend this place of you're looking for a more western style restaurant (it said it was the first western restaurant branch in Mongolia) with good, quick food.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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