As their menus states, you get to make your own barbecue at Mogo's Mongolian Barbecue, located at 4454 Van Nuys Blvd. #K Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. Going to Mogo's is an interesting experience, as it is with any Mongolian barbecue restaurant because you have full control of your meal - maybe a little too much control, as I will explain later. Mogo's is open 7 days a week for dinner, and Monday through Saturday for lunch. There is tons of parking, as it is part of a large shopping center, and is really close to the Van Nuys Blvd exit off of the 101 freeway. In addition to the delicious meats and vegetables they provide, they also serve beer and wine.
Nothing really stands out with the interior, so don't expect to dazzle someone on a date; it is shorts and t-shirt friendly. The staff is really friendly, and the service was great, but bear in mind we were there on a weekday night, so it wasn't exactly a packed house. The soup was decent, and our group went with the fried shrimp appetizer, which we made quick work of. Then the magic started when we stormed the all you can eat barbecue.
With Mongolian barbecue, the idea is you get a bowl filled with raw meat and vegetables, add your sauces of choice, and have a chef cook it for you on-the-spot. You are tasked with picking your own array of food, and sprinkling on your choice of sauces. As I mentioned earlier, you have full control of your meal. This is not the time to be shy, because if you are not sure what kind of sauces to pick, you definitely should ask a chef; picking the wrong sauce combination could lead to a disappointing experience.
As you can see from the menu below, the lunch specials are just the right amount to fill you up for your work break, and you can order additional meat if you so choose. The dinners range from $15 - $16 per person, depending on the appetizer you select.
It is pretty cool to watch the chef blast your meat at 500 degrees. As you will see with the video below, the chef is always moving the meat, as to distribute the heat evenly.
Once you get back to your table, which should not be more than about a 5 minute turn-around, you are greeted with your choice of rice, and sesame bread pockets. The bread pockets are supposed to be cut length-wise, and stuffed with your barbecue. I am not a huge fan of the bread pockets myself, but you should definitely at least give them a try if it is your first time. Below you will see the transformation of raw meat to cooked meat, and then to cooked meat stuffed in a bread pocket and ready for gluttony.
An assortment of raw chicken, turkey, pork, beef and lamb - it's what's for dinner.
After the chef blasts it with loads of fire (and semen, if you ask nicely), it is ready to get stuffed. I could have done something with "stuffed", but I think the semen bit above shall suffice.
Now it is time to shove that hot load in my mouth. Oh won't the euphemisms stop already?!
After you are done clogging your heart, you cap off your dinner with ice cream or fruit, tea, and a fortune cookie. If you come hungry, you will more than make up for the 16 large you dropped for dinner. I stress to you again that if you are not sure about what combination of sauces to choose, ask a chef first! Some other Mongolian barbecue places have a road-map for what kind of sauces to mix to get a certain flavor, while Mogo's only displays the intensity of the taste (i.e.: mild, spicy). If you are picky, you might be hung up on how small Mogo's bread pockets are (compared to other similar places), but who cares if they are also all you can eat? This is a cool spot for dinner, with good pricing contingent on what you can pack away in that stomach of yours, and I like the experience of watching my chef cook my meat. Another euphemism? [Sarah Palin]You betcha![/Sarah Palin]