It's a tough time to start a new restaurant; people are eating out less. Some are digging in their couch cushions for gas money. All over town, places that are usually packed are suddenly no-reservations required. But I'm hoping that Ghengis Grill, which we previewed today, makes it through the tough financial climate.
A Chicago native, I spent a lot of time at the Flat Top Grill. I mastered the art of proper sauce-to-veggie ratios and interesting meat/veggie/sauce combinations. And since I moved here, I have waited for a Mongolian stir fry place to come. After all, it's WAY too good of an idea to take too long, right? Finally, we wait no longer!
Ghengis Grill, which opens officially tomorrow, brings Mongolian stir fry to Albuquerque. Fresh veggies, easy-to-understand sauce suggestions, and friendly (if crazed-on-preview-day) staff.
I tried the beef/pork/chicken with the oranges and "citrus beef" recipe only with more pork and stranger veggies and more chile. It was delicious and it was satisfying when they struck the gong after I tipped the grill dude (note: ALWAYS tip the grill dude. They hold your proteins in their extremely long chopsticks!).
My only disappointment was that they sold out of the "brownie" dessert thing. Apparently EVERYONE wanted it, but we didn't get there on time. Hopefully we'll have better luck next time. Think they can bake more by the weekend?