Seoul Restaurant (Seoul Club Building, National Children’s Park, Sukhbaatar District, Ulan Bator) – this is a beautiful restaurant and very spacious (like a ball room), located close to the Tumen Ekh Ensemble. Ideal for groups, it’s a hit with local wedding parties.
Four different menus are offered between Korean food, Chinese, Japanese or western style dishes. You should try the Gyozas, wonderfully prepared, one of the best sushis in town, and various spicy soups that will keep your mouth on fire well after the dinner! (great for winter time). If you want a place that can please different palates, search no longer: it has everything you would like to order.
Sakura Restaurant (East Cross Road, Peace Avenue, Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace, Ulan Bator) — this is a very small restaurant within a luxury hotel at center of the capital. With only nine tables, you should show up before Noon or well after 2:00 pm if you don’t want to wait for a seat! The menu is not that large, but the dishes are succulent and well prepared, with some Japanese curries, soups and delicious cakes for dessert! It is an ideal location for those who work nearby. Given that this restaurant is within the luxury Kempinski Hotel, prices at this restaurant are quite reasonable.
Rosewood Kitchen & Enoteca (Seoul Street 7/1, 1st Floor, MGG Office Building, Ulan Bator) – diners can enjoy the freshest produced food in the capital, since the chef himself actually grows his own herbs (thyme, basilic) and works with local breeders and herders. You can choose from pizzas, modest in size but absolutely delicious, some paninis and sandwiches, the “meal of the day”, and some pastas. Regular diners recommend the fried calamari with basilic served with marvelously cooked potatoes.
Namaste Restaurant (6th Khoroo, 2nd Floor, Khatansuikh Building, Sukhbaatar District, Ulan Bator) – this is one of the capital’s Indian restaurants. The best chicken tandoori to date is found at this restaurant, as well as other curry delicacies. Regular diners here recommend the Ghost Palak (a sort of spinach curry with lamb), served with some Naan garlic and a mango Lhassi (yogurt).
Mongolians Restaurant (Barilga Megastore, Big Ring Road, Ulan Bator) — this restaurant provides the best offer in town for the typical traditional and modernized nomadic food. When you walk in, you can’t help but notice the decor, as every prop has been arranged in museum-lie fashion: items under glass, with a slightly dimmed-lighted environment. The menu gives you the best possible local dishes Mongolia has to offer, reworked in a fashion that all foreigners love. The boiled sheep’s head, the Bodog (to be ordered a day before consumed) or a huge variety of typical Mongolian plates and soups are here to seduce you. This restaurant is even better for the tourists than the so-often visited “Modern Nomads” restaurants, which are OK but too crowded. For sensitive stomachs, it is the best place to start a journey in Mongolia!
Mexikhan Restaurant (Regency Residence, UNESCO Street, Ulan Bator) – this restaurant is quite a surprise for those visiting Ulan Bator. It’s a nice place for spicy and crusty food lovers, and you will have a great selection of the best fajitas, burritos or chili con carne. During the summer, it’s best to have a rest at the outdoor terrace and enjoy a nice meal. Make sure there’s room for dessert: the hot chocolate fondue with churros is a real treat for all your senses!
Luna Blanca (FPMT, 16 Tourist Street, Ulan Bator) – located near the Fine Arts Zanabazar Museum in the capital, this is one of the few vegan restaurants that exist anywhere in carnivorous Mongolia. Luna Blanca is the creation of co-owners Altanzaya and Ariunaa, whose mission is to encourage healthier diets in Mongolia, meaning that all profits from the restaurant go back into promoting healthy food.
The casual, café-style restaurant offers a number of nutritious, tasty and reasonably priced dishes such as the rainbow miso soup, miso broth with fresh tofu, seaweed, mushroom, radish and carrots; and the Luna Blanca Mongol combo plate, featuring vegetarian versions of traditional bansh, buuzand khuushuur dumplings. In addition, various refreshing teas and healthy juices are also available.
La Veranda (Jamyngun Street, Ulan Bator) – opened in 2006, La Veranda has both quality and reasonable prices throughout the year. The restaurant is nicely decorated with comfortable seats in a warm atmosphere. You can sit on colorful cozy sofas or have a rest on the terrace with a view of the Choijin Lama temple nearby. This restaurant arguably offers the best Mediterranean food in town, bringing on the table mixed salads, pastas, and delicious pizzas (the best one is with anchovy and breaded aubergine dressing). For meat lovers, La Veranda offers the best steaks, too. A safe bet would be to order the Osso Bucco, the Piccata pork or the juicy salmon.
Khara Khorum (Kempinksi Hotel Khan Palace Ulaanbaatar, East Cross Road, Ulan Bator) — Named after the 13th century capital city of the Mongol Empire, Khara Khorum provides guests with a refined dining experience in modern, stylish surroundings. One of five restaurants in the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace, Khara Khorum offers an eclectic menu featuring a number of traditional Mongolian dishes like tsuivan (a stew of noodles, vegetables and meat), and the steamed dumpling dish buuz.
Regular diners will note that Khara Khorum is known for serving some of the best khuushuur (a pan-fried dumpling traditionally filled with minced lamb), anywhere in Ulan Bator. Vegetarian versions of Mongolian dishes are available, as are a number of European staples.
Hazara (Peace Avenue, District 13, Ulan Bator) – this Indian restaurant is tucked away behind the Wrestling Palace off the busy Peace Avenue. It is one of Ulaanbaatar’s longest-standing restaurants and serves authentic North Indian cuisine, which is perfect for those craving a spicy kick to their meal.
There’s the popular chicken murgh malai, succulent and creamy chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices, or trademark dish raan e hazara, a leg of lamb marinated overnight with bay leaves, cardamom and other Indian spices. Hazara’s décor is warm and simple, with the ground and mezzanine floor providing plenty of space for diners, while wooden and brass tables and seating separated by bright wall hangings give meals at Hazara an intimate feel.