I generally avoid new restaurants for the first few weeks or so after their opening, knowing that certain kinks and problems are inevitable in an eatery’s initial days. Nonetheless, I could not avoid giving our newest dining option a try last night and figured I’d share some initial impressions.
Chan’s Mongolian Grill and Tokyo Sushi is not a host/hostess/waiter/waitress type of place; it’s much more casual than that. You enter and either go to your left to concoct a vegetable medley for the Mongolian grill component of the restaurant (you tell them what meat and sauces you’d like added to your veggies after you’ve finished throwing together your bowl of vegetables) or you go to your right—towards the back of the restaurant—to order sushi (or any other menu item) at the cashier. This system needs a little tweaking, as most people entering the restaurant are a little lost and unsure of where to go or what to do.
You can either dine in or take out what you order. If dining in, you get a plastic tray with your food on it to take it to your table. The dining area has some Japanese elements to it and is simple and clean.
Food-wise, we were really pleased with our orders. I ordered sushi—a rainbow roll (boring, I know, but it’s pretty straight forward and figured I’d give it a try here) and one thing not on the menu (four heavenly words: crunchy spicy salmon roll). I also got a salad, which features their homemade ginger dressing. Drew ordered from the Mongolian grill, and loved his combination of vegetables, shrimp, garlic sauce, and spicy sauce. The noodles and rice it came with were also really good. The menu offers a range of Asian dishes (e.g., teriyaki beef/chicken, General Tso’s chicken, etc.); I’ll try to get a scanned copy of it up soon. All are quite affordable and, I have a feeling, quite tasty.
Drink-wise, they have an assortment of Japanese beer and sakes.
While its ambiance might not be great, say, for a date destination, I think we’re really going to enjoy having Chan’s Mongolian Grill and Tokyo Sushi in our neighborhood. I know I’ll be back frequently.
Here are images of the menu (click on them for larger, legible versions):
Chan’s Mongolian Grill and Tokyo Sushi
1207 9th Street, NW