I've walked by this restaurant dozens of times, even heard about it from my parents, but never occurred to go in and try it. I like hotpot once in a while, and I suppose it's healthier to boil all your food, rather than pan-fry or stir fry, bu it's just not my thing. Still, whenever I have hot pot, I'm usually able to find something I like to eat. The first impression of Mongolian Little Sheep Hot Pot is the overwhelming smell of B.O. that manages to waft into the shopping mall. I know it's not B.O. but the odors are very similar. Clearly, the ventilation system is just there for looks (sort of like Kyung Bok Palace, haha!)
Lots of freshly defrosted frozen meat, very typical of hot-places. They would never be able to afford to stay open if it was all fresh.
And yes, I ordered Spam! For $25(inc tax) AYCE, there waeren't any prawns, or oysters, but there was spam, haha!
Actually, our servers worked pretty hard for us tonight, which was very, very surprising for an AYCE place. They always brought the food very quickly after we ordered it, they came and refilled our drinks and came to clear our tables on a regular basis. My only gripe was at the end, when we wanted to split the bill, the cashier turned out to be an inept teenager who had no idea, nor the authority to make decisions bigger than what kind of change to give. Apparently the manager was gone for the evening and there was no way for him to divide the bill.
The food was okay, some of the service was awesome, some of it really sucked (cashier), the The washrooms were filthy (but not unexpected), the price was okay I guess, but I would have liked to have seen a few higher end items on the menu for $25, and everyone's clothes smelled like B.O. the next day, despite the place being a boil place rather than a grill place. No smoke, but even less ventilation. Would I go back? I seriously doubt it.