Mongolian cuisine is known for its heavy, meat and dairy-based dishes. Traditional recipes like Mongolian-style barbecued meats and meat filled dumplings are still widely popular with tourists, but Mongolia’s culinary tradition is multifaceted. Restaurants in Ulaanbaatar cater to all palates and diets, with a wide range of western and Asian food on offer. Here’s our pick of the ten best to try.
Since opening its original branch in 2006, Altai Mongolian Grill has expanded into a chain of six restaurants, three of which are located in Ulaanbaatar with the other three restaurants spread across the globe in Russia, China and the USA. The Altai Mongolian Grill introduces an innovative way of dining. Rather than a set menu, guests create their own meal according to their individual preferences from a number of vegetables, meats, noodles, seasoning and sauces before the skilled Altai chefs cook the meal. While menus vary from location to location, the Bimex Holding Building branch features a varied range of ingredients for guests to mix and match including beef, mutton, horse meat and soy chunks which can be cooked in sauces including Asian ginger root and Korean bulgogi.
They say wherever you go in the world, you’re bound to come across an Irish pub, and Ulaanbaatar is no different. The Grand Khan Irish Pub is the perfect destination for diners looking for a relaxed, casual environment in which to enjoy some wholesome pub grub. Traditional homely dishes reminiscent of the Emerald Isle, such as Irish stew and Irish-style lamb shanks, are available alongside a range of sandwiches, soups and pizzas. Those with a more adventurous palate can try Asian dishes including tagturitan soup, a spicy chicken and potato-based Korean stew, or crispy pork belly with noodles. Irish and Mongolian beers are available and the pub features outdoor covered seating, where guests can enjoy a drink and snack while taking in the hustle and bustle of the surrounding streets.