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!
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