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1.2 miles from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Reviewed November 5, 2019

Never having had Mongolian Cuisine, this sounded quite interesting. Well, the most interesting part was the title. The food was bland and ordinary, there are a variety of hot sauces that add some spice to the meal but overall it was disappointing.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

Nice atmosphere in tiny restaurant that is overpriced. But food was not imaginative - dumplings and coleslaw? The only thing that was tasty was the bottled mushroom sauce. If you want good Asian food go to a Chinese or Thai restaurant instead.

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed March 17, 2018

Interesting flavors of varying spice combinations in basic meats. Fresh and claimed organic. Sauces are interesting, including the house made mushroom sauce, which is earthy and uniquely good. I had the beef-based gulyash and my wife the 20+ spice "fall off the bone" chicken special....Both very flavorful. The relatively smaller portions are largely made up by the richness of flavors (see both pictures provided). Side salads were appropriately paired and refreshing for each dish. One other (personally massive) benefit is that this restaurant serves a Sante Adairius ale. For those in the know, typically you only find these highest-end craft brews at the brewery. So you get a good meal with a fine brew (wowsers!). And to cap the meal off, there is a tiramisu cake-like dessert you need to try out (and that recommendation arrives to you from one who is not a lover of tiramisu). Service was also excellent and attentive. Note that this is *not* a Mongolian BBQ where you pile high a bowl of greens and wafer thin frozen meat slices to be cooked on a round fry surface before your eye, but a more traditional sit down place. Rich and tastefully colorful decor inside with limited though intimate seating. Bottom line: try this cozy little spot out!More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

There were 6 in our group. I will say, to be fair, that the others seemed to like their food well enough. My meal, however, was inedible. The lamb ribs were tough, fatty, and salty. I had the server take it away. Later they tried...charging us for it and initially refused to take it off the rather significant bill because of the owner. So I told them I would not pay for an inedible meal that I could not eat. The owner then came out and started yelling at me trying to argue about the quality of her food and how hard she works. Finally she left our table after making a scene and after insisting again, the meal was taken off our bill. I cannot recommend this eatery and will never go back.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

This was my first experience with Mongolian food, and I was pleasantly surprised by the familiarity (dumplings, roasted chicken, lamb, coleslaw, etc.) and the unique flavors. Freshly prepared (there is a little wait time after you place your order) and locally sourced food. This place...appears to be very popular with the locals. Superior service. I love that they even bottle their own sauces (for sale). Looking forward to trying everything on the menu...eventually.More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed July 23, 2017

This food is a mixture of Chinese Mongolian and Russian Mongolian. The dumplings are a favorite but we adored the lamb riblets which are only served on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They are perfectly flavored and delicious. The food is organic and freshly prepared. Worth a...visit.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed December 31, 2016

We found this restaurant by accident. I think I was looking at Asian restaurants in Santa Cruz on a duckduckgo search, then jumped to yelp and then to tripadvisor. After reading good reviews, I looked at their website. The menu online made me realize that...this was legit Mongolian food, not someone's cockamamie idea of throwing everything onto a big hot plate. Instead, expect lots of Russian influences. One of the items on the menu, for instance, is pelmeni, which I think of as Siberian-style meat dumplings. And speaking of dumplings: my wife had the buuz (the meat ones, though there are also vegetarian ones). These reminded me of the momos you might find in a Tibetan restaurant, all quite good and all made from scratch. My wife thought they reminded her of Georgian Khinkali, though I couldn't say whether this is correct. I had the chicken special, which was spiced (not hot, I think I tasted cumin but didn't remember to ask). It was quite tender, falling off the bone like a braised meat would though I believe it was baked. Nice beer and wine list -- good local beers on tap. The waitress was good about listing to what we seemed to like, and had good suggestions. We both mentioned that we didn't care for mayonnaise (which is in some of the side dishes), and she thought about good substitutes and was able to give us a feel for what they'd be like. Overall, highly recommended.More

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed September 29, 2016

This is our second time at this restaurant. There was a chicken special that sounded so good that we didn't even look at the menu and ordered the chicken. We were not disappointed!! The flavors of the chicken, rice and vegetable were amazing. Hats off...to the chef. We will be back.More

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed August 1, 2016

Food is filling and tasty. The homemade sauces were a tasty addition to the meal. The music made us feel like we were in Mongolia. Our server was delightful.

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is one of my regular spots. Slightly limited menu, but that doesn't matter cause everything is great. Made with fresh local organic ingredients. The owners work the kitchen. The bansh is my go to. Right next door to the Rio theater. I think they...are closed Tuesday's so be warned.More

Date of visit: December 2015
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