Jan 082012

Cuisine: Asian, Mongolian
Restaurant Features: Bar, Lunch Buffet, Dinner Buffet, On-Site Parking
Locations: Coon Rapids,  Richfield, Roseville
Addresses and Maps:
Coon Rapids– 2085 Northdale Blvd NW Coon Rapids, MN 55433 (763) 767-3018
Richfield– 500 E 78th St Richfield, MN 55423 (612) 861-7991
Roseville- 2720 Snelling Ave N. Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 631-3398

Hours: Daily 11am-9pm

Atmosphere: At the Roseville location there are several small dining areas situated around the restaurant, which are made a little more private with the creative use of live plants.  The dining areas all surround the centrally-located meat and vegetable buffets.  All seating is limited to tables, but there is at least one dining space that allows for tables to be pushed together for larger parties.

Within the restaurant there is a small bar area to accommodate patrons who may have to wait for a table on a busy night, or for those who would like to try one of the specialty tropical drinks or wines.

Menu: The concept of Khan’s is one that allows diners to customize their own stir-fry dishes.  Guests choose from a buffet containing a variety of sliced frozen meats (beef, chicken, pork, lamb, shrimp and imitation crab).  You take a bowl, fill it with the meats and noodles of your choosing, and then move down to the vegetable line where you can choose from a large selection of fresh vegetables to be used in your custom stir-fry.

After filling your bowl with your preferred meats and vegetables, you then add sauces to flavor your stir-fry, such as Garlic Sauce, Cooking Wine, House Sauce, Dragon Sauce, Teriyaki, Curry, Lobster Sauce.  There is a sign over the sauce bar that suggests which sauces and flavorings you should choose, depending on how spicy you would like it.  After you have your bowl filled with meats, noodle, vegetables and sauces, you take it to the Barbeque Area, where  your stir-fry is cooked right in front of you.

Price guide: Lunch (1 bowl) $10  Dinner (unlimited bowls) $14

What we ordered: It is true, Khan’s has changed their appetizer.  Each table now receives a plate of crispy fried wonton chips with a sauce that is a combo of sweet, sour, spicy and garlicy.  They are great but I miss the chicken wing and hot and sour soup that it used to come with.

At first it may seem overwhelming what to include in your stir fry but I have been to Khan’s enough to have my combination down.  I always get beef and the very fine noodles at the bottom of my bowl.  For my veggies I get broccoli, purple cabbage, onions, bok choy, bean sprouts, pineapple, zucchini, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms and a ton of fresh cilantro.  Its the sauces that can get tricky and impact the flavor of your stir fry.  I like sweet, savory and spicy all together so I usually follow the recipe for the spicy and add a scoop of garlic, fresh jalapenos, chili oil, teriyaki, and Thai peanut sauce.  Yum!

My companion made a stir fry that had beef, lamb, shrimp, noodles, mushrooms, bok-choy, green pepper, water chestnuts, crushed red pepper, garlic, and curry.  Much more savory than my dish and quite spicy. Very good!

Service: I have eaten at Khan’s a handful of times each year for the past decade and while they once had very good service, the service at the Roseville location has really gone downhill this past year.  On this particular visit we especially had bad service from the moment we arrived.  There is a big sign that says “please wait to be seated” but there wasn’t a host present and we waited several minutes before someone acknowledged us.  Once we were finally seated, we had to wait several more minutes before seeing our server and then it was an even longer wait before initial drinks as well as refills were brought to the table.   On most visits a server will ask us if we have been to Khan’s before so they can explain the procedure.  On this particular visit, our server did not ask us this.  I can imagine that if we had not been to Khan’s before, we still would have figured it out but its easy to see that newbies might not know how it works.  We went ahead and got in the buffet line fast and efficiently since we both know exactly what we want.  Sometimes Khan’s will have someone available to offer help with sauces, but not on this visit.  The line for the Barbeque goes rather quickly.  We sat down and started enjoying our dinner but then the server brought our check out to us before we had finished our first plates!  I thought this was strange, but I guess I would rather have it now than wait forever later.  I haven’t had anyone to help me with my sauces in the last 2-3 visits either.
Overall Impression: I go to Khan’s for the food and definitely not for the service! The make-your-own stir fry at Khan’s can be varied thousands of ways, depending on what combination of ingredients and sauces you use.  Be prepared because it can take some time to create the stir-fry to your liking, at least it did for me. If you’re lucky, there may be an employee helping customers with their sauces.
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  11 Responses to “Khan’s Mongolian BBQ ~ Coon Rapids, Richfield, & Roseville, MN”

  1. If they allow the front of the house to be as dirty and nasty as it is….I shutter to think of what the back of the house looks like. Clean your restaurant!

  2. I always have a great experience at Khan’s Mongolian.

  3. Ten years ago I moved from Minneapolis to Houston, TX, but I would make a point of visiting Kahn’s whenever I came back to town. The last time I came to town, January 2012, the appetizers were gone and we noticed it was just about impossible to make a spicy BBQ anymore (they must have changed the recipes of the sauces). On this trip, July 2012, we’re not even going to bother with Kahn’s. It’s now just pricey, mediocre food. Minneapolis has lost another great place, just like the original Shakey’s Pizza Parlor that used to occupy the same building that is now Kahn’s Richfield location.

  4. I agree with the rest of you that service definitely has gone downhill. I’m also disappointed in the change of appetizer. Definitely not as clean as it used to be either. Alas I still love the food and will go but definitely not as often and remind myself not to expect much service wise.

  5. Here’s what we experienced when we went to the Roseville Khan’s; which was on a weeknight:

    1. We waited longer than necessary when we arrived. There was no one attending the seating host area. There was a sign telling us to wait to be seated, so we stood there. As we stood there, a waiter walked by very quickly, and said that “Someone will be with you”. I looked around for what might be the normal seating person, and saw someone back by the bar. She made eye contact, but that was about it. She didn’t look like she was in any sort of hurry to come and seat us. She did finally stroll over to seat us, but again no apology or any acknowledgement that we had waited. Grrr.

    2. The last time we were there, the normal appetizer was a served on a plate, and delivered to the table. It was a chicken wing, a bowl of hot and sour soup, and a fried wonton. This time, nothing was brought to the table. When we asked about the appetizer, the waiter pointed us to a steam table and told us to help ourselves to chips and salsa. He also stated that the regular customers have been complaining for months about the change in appetizer, and that they were losing customers because of it. Grrr again…I loved hot and sour soup, so that was very dissapointing.

    3. In my opinion, there should have been more cooks. There was always a line at the BBQ to get the food cooked. Food was good, though.

    4. Years ago, the dessert (triangular piece of warm dough, with honey and sesame seeds inside) was brought out at the end of the meal, and the dough was warm and it tasted very good. My recent experience, the dessert is brought out while we were getting our food cooked, and was cold by the time we were ready to eat it. To make matters worse, the dough tasted like it was made with old, rancid oil. It did not taste good. So sad, as I really loved that dessert!

    5. We had to ask for the bill; the server didn’t bring it out in a timely manner. Grrrrrrr!

  6. I have never gone to Khan’s, but after reading this post i will definitely visit their when i will go to that area. Foods are looking very delicious.

  7. What about the sticky buns? If they got rid of those I’m never going back!

    • I am pretty sure they still give the sticky buns however they forgot to give them to us on this particular visit. We never eat them so we didn’t think to ask about them!

  8. I have been going to Khan’s for years, and am kind of sad that is slipping downhill. Do they still offer the chicken wings and H&S soup as ala carte items? They were an integral part of the whole Khan’s experience, at least I always thought so…

  9. I used to like Khans (Portland Avenue) and then Mongo’s came to Maple Grove (which we enjoy sometimes), but the best Mongolian is BD’s Mongolian Grill in Burnsville. We go there when my wife goes to the chiropractor in Apple Valley, otherwise it is too far to justify a trip!

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