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“Love the concept and the setting”

Khara Khorum Restaurant
Ranked #46 of 298 Restaurants in Ulaanbaatar
Cuisines: European, German, Mongolian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups
Description: Centered around the cuisine, decor and imagery of the ancient city and creating the feel of the 13th century living, Kharkhorum restaurant is one of the most intricate and ambitiously built restaurants in the gastronomical city of Ulaanbaatar located in Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace Five star Hotel. Our expansive menus offer culinary diversity and range from traditional Mongolian menu choices to European dishes that are entirely unique to Kharkhorum. At Kharkhorum restaurant we are immensely committed to offering value in all of its various forms, which includes five star luxury, intricate and texturally rich decor, cuisine prepared with discipline and skill, fabulous cocktails, a diverse wine list and accessible prices.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Love the concept and the setting”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

It's hard to know where to eat in UB - lots of places, but how does a foreigner know what's good? So I found this place on Trip Advisor.
(though NOTE - many of the reviews on this page are talking about the ancient city of Kharkhorum and the Edenzu Monastery there - not the restaurant in Ulaanbaatar ... which becomes obvious as you read the reviews) - anyway, back to the restaurant:
Received a lovely greeting as we pulled up at the Kempnski Hotel and were shown to the restaurant. We chose it because it seemed to be trying to show Mongolian food in a modern, fine-dining setting. Does it work? Vegie Pies (khuushuur) were good (though mixed cabbage, potato and other veg would seem more authentic than spinach and cheese), lamb khuushuur were definitely mutton, not lamb (but good), steamed beef dumplings were good. Chef is Italian and makes his own fresh pasta (and the pizzas going past our table looked good), he cooks risotto to order (which is rare) so I thought I should try penne arrabiata - it was surprisingly OK. The disappointment (not surprsingly) came with the "French-style" cheeses made from organic Mongolian milk by a "maitre fromager" with a French name - they were predictably dismal (but if it's on the menu it has to be checked out).
All in all - 6/10 for food (on an international standard) & 9/10 for concept and effort - 8/10 for setting, service & enjoyability factor. I want to stay at the Kempinski next time I'm in UB just on the strength of last night's dinner.
And wine list looked good and they had Campari!

  • Visited September 2013
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Kempinski does it up right!”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Tonite I dined at the Khara Khorum in the Kempinski Khan Palace. It can hereby be rated as completed 5 star all the way. Linen table clothes, silver, china, candlelight, the works. Very friendly and attentive service. It does not get any better in UB. Had a very special meal with nice hors d'oeuveres of fresh radish, breads are home baked, Caesar salad outstanding the Aussie beef filet just wonderful. Perfectly aged, cooked and served on a hot plate. Ordered a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, Napa) and nice sides. Fantastic service, food, presentation, and ambience here. Visited with the Asst. Manager, Konstantin. Usually we see the Manager Jens training staff and making sure everyone knows how to serve a discriminating public. This is the finest European style eatery in the city. Biggest problem tonite, no limes for my G&T, but lemons did quite well thank-you! What a wonderful place to dine in UB. You cannot get any better, and we have tried for nearly 20 years here.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Different now”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

When I stayed at the hotel last year, I met a good German business man. He recomended me to have "Shunittsel". He said a German cheff is selecting meat and cooks in the special manner. It was so tender and "geshmecked". This year I visited again with my friends and recommended " Shunittsel". But unfortunately there has been changed something. My freiend did say "delicious". But the dish was differenct from what I experienced. I wondered if the German cheff had already gone back.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank ダルハンTed
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London, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Small, intimate Restaurant, doubling as a coffeshop and Breakfast Venue....”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Attentive Services......

The Dislike would be the management of the SPA Services and Fitness Center. The machines and equipment often do not work properly, maintenance faults do not seem to be reported by the operating staff.

Visited April 2013
Thank LondonWolfeee
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant for International or local cuisine..!!”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

I tried this restaurant since i stayed in the hotel. The food is very qualitative and tasteful. I liked mostly the Japanese salmon while for desserts, the creme brulee is magnificent...!It has also a very good variety of international wines for every taste i think. The service is good and fast and always you have a person ready to serve or ask you about the food quality.

Visited March 2013
Thank thomas f
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