A few days ago I had a chance to grab lunch at Mongol Cafe. Formerly called Let's Jam, I guess it decided to put its Mongolian origins front and center. It does still serve breakfast, coffee drinks, pastries and cafe-type fare (and has wifi).
However, I only had eyes for the Mongolian side of the menu and ordered Buuz, $10.25. The counter lady asked if I was willing to wait 15 minutes. No problem, and as long as this meant they were being prepared fresh.
The steamed dumplings filled with ground beef and onion came 10 to an order. Rather than the two side salads promised on the menu, my plate had but one, an oniony coleslaw spiked with dill. The dumplings had a lot of retained juices, clearly steamed to order. Wheat flour wrappers were not exactly thin, but not too doughy nor thick. Pretty bland and better with the soy sauce and sriracha offered.
This was my third experience with buuz. I'd place these behind the ones from Santa Cruz's Oyunna's http://www.chowhound.com/post/oyunaas... but fresher than Eurasia Cafe's http://www.chowhound.com/post/mongoli... . What else have folks tried here?
842 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 913-8879