Mongo’s StirFry opened in Provo in the Fall of 2012 right on Bulldog. Being lovers of Mongolian Barbecue, Mr. Diner and I were thrilled when another of these unique dining spots opened up. We’ve been going to Mongolian Grill in Springville for years, but our last two visits resulted in overcooked food, and we never felt like they lived up to the quality we had had at other similar restaurants elsewhere.
If you’re unfamiliar with Mongolian Barbecue, the name is a bit misleading. It has nothing to do with barbecue. Customers pile their bowls high with raw meats, vegetables, noodles, and sauce, then turn them over to the guys operating the big circular griddle. They take over, stir-frying your creation and serving it up in a clean bowl. In my opinion, the keys to good Mongolian Barbecue are 1) a variety of fresh ingredients in a clean environment, 2) good griddle operators, and 3) great sauce recipes or recommendations. It’s really not their fault if you throw together ingredients you don’t like or put on too much chili oil. That’s the downside to Mongolian Barbecue, but if you’ve got a place that does well in those three key areas, you can put together some really great stir fry!
So, since you’ve been introduced to Mongolian Stir Fry, let me tell you about Mongo’s. When you first walk in, you’ll see the griddle right in front of you. Wait right there. Someone will come to seat you. They will take your drink order and ask you whether you want white or brown rice, and then you can help yourself.
There is a long two-sided buffet with raw ingredients: vegetables, meat, noodles, tofu, etc. Grab a bowl and pile it high (a few inches above the rim) with everything you want.
At the end, is a sauce station with lots of different sauces (unfortunately several of them were missing labels when we went). Use a separate smaller bowl for the sauce and put plenty of sauce in the bowl.
There is a large chart with sauce recipes, descriptions of sauces, and guidelines for mixing up your own saucy creation. It makes it pretty easy. When you’re all set, set your bowls on the counter around the griddle. The cooks will take it when they’re ready. You can just watch them do their thing or go have a seat for a few minutes. When they’re done, they’ll set your masterpiece on the counter for you to take back to your table.
We thought Mongo’s StirFry did a great job and passed our three-part Mongolian Barbecue test. The ingredient buffet was clean and well-stocked with a great variety of fresh-looking ingredients, the griddle operators prepared our dishes well, and the sauce explanations were better than any we’ve seen. There were a couple downsides, though; we thought it was a bit pricy compared to similar restaurants and we missed having soup and egg rolls served with our Mongolian Barbecue. Overall, though, we were impressed and we will definitely be going back.
Mongo’s serves up three sizes of bowls (Little Khan – pictured, Mighty Khan, or Barbarian) plus an all you can eat option (the all-you-can-eat is the same price as the Barbarian). Prices are $6.79-$9.79 for lunch and $7.99-$11.99 for dinner (after 4:30 pm). Kids 12 and under use a Little Khan bowl and pay $4.79 or $6.79 for all-you-can-eat. Drinks are an additional $1.99. You can box up your leftovers and takeout is also available.
150 Bulldog Boulevard
Provo, UT 84604
Average Fork Rating: 4.3
Entrée Price: $
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 4
Amazing Diner: 4.5
Sweet Diner: 5
Little Diner: 4
Guest Diner M: 4
Guest Diner D: 4.5