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over to Westfield Santa Anita to eat at Great Khan's, I recommended Golden Lion from memory.
Golden Lion is a real joint. It's far from being the best Mongolian BBQ out there (although, I have yet to experience a top-notch Mongolian BBQ) and the food quality isn't the best. But for a hot, unfussy meal, it isn't too bad either - just stick with the decent items on offer. There are a bunch of extras that come with your meal: steamed rice, sesame flatbread, soup, egg roll, fried wonton, fried wonton wrappers, and access to a cold buffet. I may be mistaken but I believe all meals are AYCE, lunch for 7.35? USD and dinner for 11.95 USD (drinks are separate). Takeout available.
If you've never tried Mongolian BBQ before, it goes something like this: You grab a bowl and pile as many ingredients of your choice into it as possible. Next, you hand your bowl of goodies over to a cook presiding over a drum-shaped flat top grill and he uses a long, wooden spatula (akin to a two by four) to sauté your food, moving it in a circle around the grill to cook it. Once your food is ready, the cook transfers it to a platter for eating.
What I ate:
AYCE Dinner (11.95 USD): DIY entrée, steamed rice, sesame flatbread (not pictured), Egg Drop Soup, egg roll, fried wonton, and fried wonton wrappers. For my entrée, I stuffed a bowl with sliced beef round, pork, onions, cabbage, water chestnuts, cilantro, and noodles and a variety of sauces, condiments, and aromatics. At the cold buffet, I picked up some orange wedges, which were terrible, and jello for dessert.
Overall, the food was tasty. Remember that the quality of your meal depends on how you put your bowl together! It was cold outside and the hot entrée and hot soup warmed me up better than a shot of high proof alcohol ever could.
There was "kimchi" available at the cold buffet. The look of it frightened the bejesus out of me! Yuck! Run away!
Golden Lion normally provides beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, however, by the time "P" and I hit the BBQ, there wasn't any sliced lamb available. That totally sucked.
Parking: Golden Lion shares a parking lot with its neighbors, Al & Ed's Autosound and a check cashing business. There is another open parking lot adjacent to the restaurant at Colorado and Beacon Place, which I think is a part of Sprouts Farmers Market.
The Bill: 26 USD.
My Rating: No star out of four stars (satisfactory). Open for lunch and dinner - call for hours. (I ate here on Thursday night and the restaurant closed at 9:30 PM) Credit cards accepted.
Last Word: For cold, wintry nights, Mongolian BBQ is reinvigorating. I wonder if they really eat like this in Mongolia?
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