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Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque

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200 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 913-0999

Bd’s Mongolian Restaurant introduces you to a pretty cool, interactive dining experience. You create you own dish from ingredients that are provided. You can choose to follow the suggested recipes the restaurant provides or go off on your own and make your own savory creations. They provide fresh meats such as pork, seafood, chicken, and beef. You can add in vegetables such as carrots, mushrooms, onions, and different salads. Top off your dish with a variety of pastas, dry spices, and sauces.

Once your raw creation is ready, you hand off your dish to one of three master grillers, who cook your dish on a 7-foot community grill with other patron’s dishes. You get to watch as your dish sizzles and is seared to perfection on the grill, and the grillers chant as your meal is cooking. The grillers have to be experts to keep everyone’s dishes from blending together.

Once the dishes were ready we walked to an outside table. The food was great, and if it isn’t, you have no one to blame but yourself! A cold beer complemented the meal. The service was great, as we were taken to our table and given our refreshments immediately. Since you prepare the food, the service can be as slow as you are.

The concept of this type of dining comes from centuries ago, when the ruler Khan organized hunting parties in Mongolia. They would hunt several days then gather and celebrate their successes. They would gather together, slice meat and vegetables with their swords, and cook the food on their overturned shields. Khan and the best warriors would sit above the people and eat from a large grill.

One thing to remember is that if you are allergic to anything you should tell the staff and the griller. That way the griller can cook your food separately.

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