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Time Out says
Tue Oct 16 2012
Sitting incongruously in an old corner pub in the middle of Clapham, London’s capital of convention, the Mongolian Grill is full of surprises. The dining room retains a relaxed, pubby atmosphere – a lick of red paint and a few dozen red lanterns serve as decoration – but the food is a million miles from typical Clapham high street fare.
The eclectic menu offers dim sum, a range of food to grill on a hot plate at your table, or an invitation to the all-you-can-eat hotpot buffet. We recommend the latter option. Order half spicy soup and half mild for the cauldron in the middle of your table, pile your plate with thinly sliced beef and lamb, load up on cabbage, spinach, potatoes, fishballs, and anything else you fancy – and then get cooking.
While the restaurant name suggests food of northern barbarians, the style is actually a hybrid of the western Sichuan-style hotpot, via Hong Kong, where the owner’s family is from. While it’s not strictly authentic (there were few Sichuan peppercorns in our spicy stock, and many of the vegetables – courgettes, field mushrooms – were more local favourites than traditional Chinese), the food is tasty. And at £12.50 for the all-you-can-eat buffet, it’s a steal. There is a two-hour time-limit for the buffet, and booking is advisable on weekends and for large groups.
Mongolian Grill London
020 7498 4448
- Opening hours:
Dinner served 5-10.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served 3-10.30pm Sat, Sun
Tube: Clapham Common tube or Wandsworth Road rail
Main courses £3.50-£10. Set meal £12.50 all-you-can-eat
- 020 7498 4448
- Mongolian Grill
Food and drink
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Meal times. Best for dinner. Going in a group. Unique. Unique London