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“Quick, Cheap, and Fun to watch” 3 of 5 stars
Review of HuHot Mongolian Grill

HuHot Mongolian Grill
4100 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA
515-457-9090
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Ranked #38 of 208 Restaurants in West Des Moines
Price range: $9 - $15
Cuisines: Mongolian
Dining options: Buffet
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Dining options: Buffet
Des Moines, Iowa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Quick, Cheap, and Fun to watch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Just like other places of the variety, (Fire and Ice located in Boston), Hu Hot is set basically as an experience over the quality. If you and a place that will give you great quantity and decent quality, then this is your place.
It is light and lively on the inside. The food prep area is maintained pretty well by the staff. The food itself is ok, I have seen double the amount of variety in similar stores, but this one was sufficient. The cooks are fun and the waitresses are attentive to your plates and filing your drinks.

One thing i did not expect was that the meats were frozen and not fresh or thawed. This decreased my the flavor of the food and the enjoyment of the experience.

Overall for a fun, quick, eat all you want place it works really well. Beats going to the chinese buffet and you get to watch them prepare your food instead of wondering what happens in the back room.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Des Moines, Iowa
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68 reviews 68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“MMMM hot hot hot!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I love HuHot!! Hubby & I went there last night and had a fabulous dinner, as always!!! The meat is always frozen, so I never worry about it having sat at room temp for long enough to develop germs & bacteria; the vegetables are always super fresh, and of course the sauces are the key! I love being able to try a different 'taste/spice'' each time I go. THe service is always good, it's not like the server has to do a lot, but they are usually efficient and friendly!! I always leave HuHot full and satisfied. One of the best things about HuHot is just about anyone can eat there and find someting they like, since you choose all your own ingredients! The worst thing is that I can usually only eat one bowl.... :(

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Panora, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“It was okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Its not the best rester aunt in town, but the experience is unique in the way that you get to create your own dish before it is even cooked, select the seasoning, and watch as it is cooked on a large, circular grill.

Visited April 2012
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Usual Mongolian Style”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

First let me clarify that I am not a fan of this type of eating style to begin with. My young adult sons love it. I do not like waiting in line to fill up your plate, standing in line for people to study what oils and toppings to put, and lastly what combination of many spices people are going to try. I have seen children in front of me (uder the sneeze protective barrier) stirring through the different spices and oils. The can be very sloooow. The particular set up of the line is confining and annoying when there is allot of people. There is a nacho bar to the side that wasn't restocked in a timely manner. Atmosphere good, staff friendly. Food adequate. Just very slow when there is a crowd of more than 10 people in line.

Visited May 2012
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“Fresh and fast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012 via mobile

Very fast service with wide variety of options. The food was fast and plenty to eat. Nice choice for a lunch with co- workers.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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