We got there just before 5PM--and there was already a wait for tables. Luckily for us, it was only 10 minutes. We got seated and they explained the process. They call it a 5-Step process. First, you choose your protein--I heard one of the waiters saying that there were 14 protein choices. I saw cubed meat--steak, chicken, turkey, & pork, marinated meat--fish & steak, crab meat, calamari, scallops, tofu, and shrimp. Is that 14? I guess I missed something. Who cares? Yesterday, I tried the marinated steak and the fish (lime/garlic/cilantro marinade). Tonight, I stuck to the fish.
After you put your protein into the little metal bowl, you choose the seasoning. There were 10 or 12 choices of different spices and spice blends. I chose the hot ones! I liked the labels--all the spice and sauce labels specified if they used gluten, seafood, or nuts in the preparation.
Next came the veggies. Whoo-hoo! There were mixed veggies (several kinds) and lonesome veggies. I chose low-carb veggies--broccoli, cabbage, jalapenos, and mushrooms.
Next came the herbs and garnishes--cilantro, celery, pineapple, spinach, salsa, and baby corn (to name just a few). I chose cilantro and spinach.
When you've got your bowl the way you want, you choose your sauce (or sauces). Taking a small condiment cup, you choose your sauce and ladle it in. The only sauce they had without wheat, sugar, honey, corn, or seafood was roasted tomato. I chose the roasted tomato sauce.
Finally, you choose your starch--noodles (two kinds) or rice (brown, steamed white, or fried). I skipped that stage, of course! Once you've made your choices, you hand over your bowls to the cook. Don't forget to tell him/her if you have any allergies--so that your food doesn't get mixed up with someone else's seafood!
The person at the counter takes down any allergies or special requests, gives you a number for your table, and you take a seat.
This is what the main grill looks like. Our food was cooked on a smaller grill in the back--one used for people with allergies.
As you can see, the veggies cook down a LOT. My bowl had about 1 cup of food by the time they finished cooking. (This is the perfect illustration of why we weigh our food before cooking so that our carb-counts are accurate.) I did not count the carbs in this bowl, but I made sure that the broccoli was the veggie with the highest carb-count in my bowl.
I am so happy that this restaurant opened in my town! We used to drive across town for a Mongolian grill meal. It is perfect for people following the ANA. One thing I noticed both times we were in the restaurant was the number of people who were extremely obese--chowing down on rice and noodles. I felt sad for them. After all, they could have eaten a bowl of steak and cabbage with all the flavor that they were enjoying with their starchy poison--without adding to their weight problem.