This restaurant is mid-price for UB. I can't remember what exactly I ate but it was a good western style dish with meat. The meal cost around 5 to 7 USD.
You can eat much cheaper than that in UB and in the vicinity of this restaurant if you eat the traditional mutton dumplings or spaghetti which were around USD 1.
Dabai Restaurant Pub
I visited this restaurant with VTer veggieguru who was vegetarian. She found herself a yummy spaghetti with veggies. What I ate I don't really remember but the first dish I wanted was not available.
The restaurant is not very big and in the front section there is a bar, which gives it a bit of a pub feeling.
Ristorante Pizza della Casa
Although I cannot really remember it, I'm sure I ate a pizza here. Don't expect pizza like in Italy as there is no mozzarella cheese available here. It's ok to eat here but it isn't anything overwhelming but makes a nice change from the local fare like mutton dumplings.
Anatolia Turkish Restaurant: a Turkish Restaurant
Gheriglio and I went out for dinner and found this restaurant...it is located in a very good position in the centre...you can have a very good kebab Iskender...and we have a great ice-cream!! go for it!!! :)
Favorite Dish: As I told you, choose the kebab and the ice-cream!!!!
Ulaanbaatar Hotel: GOOD Chinese Food
There are quite a few Chinese restaurants in Ulaanbaatar, but few people know about recently opened Ulaanbaatar Hotel Chinese restaurant (on the first floor). Chef is from Beijing, so if you want to try real good Chinese food, try at UB hotel.
Favorite Dish: Pineapple Chicken, Seafood.
The traditional mongolian cuisine is not too sophisticated. The main ingredient is meat. Two most popular dishes - chuuszuury and bu... are tasty if you get used to this particular taste. Chuuszuur is a cake with meat filling inside, friend and the other dish, a cake with meat filling but cooked. Those two things are sold almost everywhere. It is better to choose the cleaner bars, as after eating the danger of some complications is less;)
Favorite Dish: Those dishes hardly can be called good. It is just something everybody should try, but its nothing to lick your fingers after
Marco Polo: A Little Bit of Italian in UB
We went to Marco Polo before the droves of people ventured in. It was nice. We got to pick our own table. The waitress's spoke English and here's why... there is a strip club upstairs... which wasn't open at the time but many service men come to the restaurant to eat and then head upstairs so she told us she learned English (besides what is required in school) from them. The food was surprisingly good- not fantastic- but for UB- good. The spaghetti and meatballs was a treat. Wine selection was plentiful. Open 11 a.m. to midnight. As Lonely Planet states, the decor is kind of weird but who really cares.
Favorite Dish: Spaghetti and meatballs. Pizza. Claim to be the best pizza in UB.
Millie's Espresso: Good food, resonable prices
Good food, clean. Great staff. The owners, Millie and Daniel are really nice people. Great coffee.
Lunch time 1 to 2, is generally packed. It is a favorite place for many of the Expats in UB. Vegitarian dishes also.
Favorite Dish: Huevos Rancheros. Eggs and veggies wrapped in a tortilla with some sliced green spicy peppers on top.
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Sacher's Cafe: Austrian pastries
This place, like many other in Ulaan Baatar makes yummy bread and pastries. It speciallizes in apple schtrudels, pretzels, bread, that sort of thing. It has also a big array of German herbal teas and serves cappuccino coffee. It has tables outside by the roadside and also a sitting area inside. Very cosy with nice music. The staff are very helpful.
When we went there we were so shocked to find real sweets and coffee and herbal teas - after a particularly strenuous trip around Asia - that we ordered a hot drink and a desert each and then had a repeat of everything. The Mongolian waitress seemed a little puzzled at first but brought everything we had asked for with no further enquiries..
Favorite Dish: Described by Lonely Planet as the best bakery in north-east Asia.
Millie's: western food & atmosphere
usually i prefer to eat local food when travelling. but i tell you, after 6 weeks of mongolian mutton dishes, i worship the taste of a bacon&eggs, burger and diet coke. great place to eat western food in a nice atmosphere, clean place and english speaking staff. and they say that they've got the best coffee in town (can't judge, don't drink it).
a lot of embassy employees hang out there, often full and busy at lunch time.
Favorite Dish: soup (of the day...), burritos, peach pie.
Gobi restaurant: Taste of the desert but not the sand!
This restaurant lies in the southern suburbs of Ulaanbaatar on the south side of the railway line. We came here for lunch after arriving back from the Gobi Desert on our 10-day long Mongolian tour so it only seemed fair to take in more Gobi cuisine. I had a "Gobi Grill" which featured a camel steak, vegetables and barbeque sauce. Starters consist of about 6 salads, Unagaldai horse meat snack and soups. Main dishes included a "Nomad" - beef rib, potato, carrot and turnip cooked in a clay pot; beef tenderloin steak, "Taste of steppe" - beef on a hot plate with steamed dumplings; fried pork, buuz and Khuushuur. The camel was excellent, tasty and very lean.
Restaurant CCCP: Back in the USSR
The Beatles song 'Back in the USSR' will spring to mind when you enter this Soviet time warp. They have a pretty diverse menu including Russian favourites such as pelmeni (dumpling soup) and borscht and VODKA, plus other stuff from the former Soviet Union such as Georgian stewed meat, Uzbek manti (lamb dumplings) and Kyrgyz pancakes. It has a great atmosphere, with pictures of the old Soviet republic capitals, statues of Lenin and covers of old Soviet magazines. They've got beer there as well, of course.
Bd's Mongolian Barbeque: Cooking show
This is the first American chain restaurant to open a franchise in Mongolia - ironically, it's not American cuisine but Mongolian barbeque. What you do is fill your plate or plates with raw food such as meats, vegetables and sauces etc and then take them to be cooked by a few guys standing around a huge circular hot plate. They will then take your plate/s and cook the food in front of you as well as everyone else standing there waiting for theirs to be cooked. It's all pure entertainment and the food is cooked OK but then the ingredients can be a bit dodgy as they're chosen by you!
BBQ Chicken: UB's answer to KFC!
This place is Ulaanbaatar's version of a KFC (both KFC and McDonald's are not to be found in the city). The menu comprises virtually all chicken that is battered or in breadcrumb. Inside is waiter service and the seating is kind of like an American diner. Not bad place for a change of scene or food.
Chez Bernard: Wonderful cafe
This wonderful cafe, run by a Belgian guy, is just down Peace Ave from the State Department Store and is full of lovely western food and snacks. The menu includes some great breakfasts which, even thought I didn't have one, look great from their photos. The menu also includes other western dishes such as salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers etc. They also serve traditional Mongolian food such as Buuz, Khuushuur and Goulash. There's also a selection of cakes and pastries in the fridge by the entrance. There's a definite backpacking/ex-pat vibe going on in here and the guy who runs this place has a definite winner on his hands.
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