Gobi Mongolian BBQ & Beer House - Happy Hour
by Wendy Castellanos-Wolf
May 19th, 2013
There are certain pre-existing conditions that must be present for me to eat at a Mongolian BBQ. First, I have to be absolutely ravenous and second, I have to be able to take my time. One must be able to peruse the buffet at leisure, examine all of the fresh ingredients displayed and pick just the right combination of sauces, proper noodle to veggie ratio all while staying within the weight capacity of the bowl so as not to accrue an additional dinner fee. It is a fun and satisfying process but definitely not one that I would have ever considered for Happy Hour until I randomly ended up sitting at the tiny four-person bar at Gobi Mongolian BBQ & Beer House in Silverlake.
They have daily specials such as Monday night Family Night where children can eat free with the purchase of an adult meal, Thursday all day Happy Hour and Saturday all you can eat dinner to name a few. I was there during Gobi's normal Happy Hour, which takes place Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 and while at first I was not particularly excited to be there because I was not hungry and I was in a hurry, I soon discovered their special menu. The items on this special menu are called Bites and at $5 per plate, every bite is well worth it. The Bites menu is pretty sophisticated for Happy Hour food. It takes the fresh ingredients and mouthwatering sauces found in traditional Mongolian BBQ, eliminates the guess work for patrons and uses these to create plates of amuse bouche that are beautiful, delicious and promptly prepared.
My companion and I had some lightly battered, sesame crusted onion rings topped with grilled chives and a sweet and sour dipping sauce. He had a plate of Tuna Tartar served over scalloped wonton crackers and after all that even though we were not really hungry and in a hurry, we ended up ordering the tofu dumplings which were perfectly crunchy and tangy, just out of curiosity and boy where we glad. Our Bites plates were light and tasty, perfect complements to a couple of cold beers. Gobi's normal Happy Hour consists of $5 wine and cocktails and $1 off beer. I had a Sapporo and my companion had an Alesmith IPA both of which are on tap and cost us $4 and $5 respectively.
As I mentioned earlier, I was in a hurry, but had I been able to stay a bit longer, I would have experienced Happy Hour and then transitioned into one of Gobi's nightly dinner specials. My Bites plate would have been my appetizer and after a ginger or pomegranate margarita I might have been ready to try my culinary creativity at the Mongolian BBQ buffet, or maybe I would have gone straight for dessert and had some gelato. Who knows? Next time I go to Gobi though, I will be ravenous with nowhere else to go and nothing else to do but eat and enjoy.
Gobi Mongolian BBQ House
2827 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Monday - Friday, 4pm - 7pm and All Day on Thursdays
$1 Off Beers, $5 Cocktails, Wine
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