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.