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    Green Zone

    Appropriately named Green Zone is a lush oasis, where plants seem to grow from walls and colourful, fresh ingredients appear in front of hungry diners. The cafe-style menu features sandwiches, burgers, quiche and soups. There's hummus, freshly baked bread, mini pizzas and salads with ingredients grown in the restaurant's hanging garden. Our go-to favourites are the broccoli soup, tuna melt and lasagne.

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    MexiKhan

    MexiKhan satisfies a broad selection of Latin American food cravings. Most are here for Tex-Mex classics such as burritos and tacos, but you can also opt for Peruvian dishes, such as lomo saltado (stir-fried beef), or Cuban dishes, including ropa vieja (pulled beef and Creole sauce). Portions are large and the colourful and fresh ingredients are a delight, as are the rum and tequila cocktails.

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    Pyongyang Baek Hwa Restaurant

    This North Korean restaurant delivers in the weirdness stakes, with its classic DRPK kitsch and a memorable stage performance held each evening at 8pm. Hidden atop a high-rise building, there are fantastic city views, and it's decorated with fake birch trees. There's an art gallery (all works for sale), and a menu offering regional dishes and classics such as bulgogi and bibimbap.

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    Bull 3

    Within the upmarket Blue Mon Building is this elegant restaurant that's always busy with well-dressed folk here for hotpot. Order an array of raw vegetables, sauces and thinly sliced meats, which are brought to your table on platters, then cook the ingredients in your personal cauldron of boiling broth. It also has two branches on Seoul St – Bull 1 and Bull 2.

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    Ruby Room UB

    Ruby Room serves up what could be Ulaanbaatar's best burgers. The simple menu offers a choice of seven juicy, supersized burgers, all served with fries and three sauces. The Mexican burger is a good choice if you like spicy food, and there's a vegan/vegetarian option, too. The interior is clean, but a bit dark and sparsely furnished.

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    Mongolians

    This upmarket Mongolian restaurant has walls lined with traditional antiques and old photos, and a menu of contemporary local cuisine. Expect stir-fried meats, dumplings and boiled mutton, along with some Russian and European influences and cold beer on tap. It's a bit out of the way, however.

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    Khaan Deli Central

    Owner and Michigan native Darren has done his best to bring American heartland food to Ulaanbaatar. The speciality American breakfasts and bagels are the perfect cure for a hangover, or if you've come for lunch, there's a range of burgers, hot dogs, salads and pulled-pork sandwiches. It also serves some surprisingly good Mongolian dishes, including tsuivan and khuitsai, a beef and vegetable stew.

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    Rosewood Kitchen + Enoteca

    Hidden behind an ugly facade is this popular bistro that does homemade pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and salads, all made with high-quality local and imported ingredients. Many items are made in-house, including the breads. The atmosphere is smart and businesslike, and it's popular with expats.

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    Luna Blanca

    Famous for being the first vegan restaurant in Mongolia, this place remains very popular for its consistently tasty and healthy food. The kitchen whips up classic Mongolian dishes such as the Flour Power (tsuivan) and Mongol Combo Plate (with buuz and khuushuur), as well as Asian- and European-inspired fare. The atmosphere is refreshingly clean, alcohol-free and kid-friendly, and it's great value for money.

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    Tenger Restaurant

    This Mongolian restaurant on the ground floor of the Kempinski Hotel has a reputation for offering some of the highest standard Mongol cuisine this side of the Great Wall. Professional staff, crisp white tablecloths and a good wine list go with well-made dishes such as khorkhog, khuushuur and tsuivan (noodles; including vegetarian varieties), along with European mains, imported steaks and a house burger.

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    Merkuri Market

    At Merkuri food market, private vendors sell imported goods, meat, cheese, fruit and vegetables – easily the best selection of fresh food products in the country. The door is small and there is no sign, but you can find it by walking to the right side of the large 'Minii Delguur' supermarket (or just follow the crowds and ask for 'Merkuri').

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    Hazara

    Tucked behind the Wrestling Palace, this North Indian restaurant has consistently been one of the best restaurants in Ulaanbaatar for over 15 years. Each table is covered by a colourful Rajasthani tent, where you sit back and enjoy tandoori baked delights. Try the chicken tikka, aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower) or raan-e-hazara (lamb marinated in rum).

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    Millie’s Espresso

    Since it first opened its doors in 1998, Millie's has been a favourite among expats seeking American comfort food. The owners – Daniel and Densmaa – warmly greet patrons to their sunlit restaurant and promptly serve up tasty burgers, sandwiches and soups. Special treats include smoothies, lemon pie and a delicious chocolate cake (which sells out early). Don't miss Daniel's famous Cuban sandwich, only available on Tuesday.

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    Modern Nomads 2

    One of UB's best places to sample a feast of classic Mongolian dishes; try the khorkhog (lamb cooked on hot stone), khuushuur (meat pastries), buuz (steamed meat-filled dumplings), Mongolian soups or even sheep's head. Portions are insanely large. It's part of a chain of restaurants, but this branch seems to do slightly better than the others. A picture menu makes ordering easy.

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    Namaste

    Treat your taste buds to some gourmet Indian cuisine prepared by chefs from Uttarakhand. Try the delicious saag gosht (beef in spinach sauce) or murg makhani (butter chicken) with a garlic naan and rice. Vegetarian options are available, as well as classic street food such as golgappa (pastry with chickpeas).

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    Le Bistro Français

    The soft lighting, cream-coloured walls and French art give this bistro a peaceful, romantic ambience. Try the lamb goulash or beef fillet, washed down with a French red wine. It bakes its own croissants and baguettes, and classic French delicacies such as frogs legs and escargot are sometimes available. It’s popular with expats and Mongolian corporate bigwigs looking for some Rive Gauche style.

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    Oriental Treasure

    Among the numerous Chinese-style restaurants in Ulaanbaatar, this is one of the cleanest and most welcoming. The speciality here is steamed dumplings stuffed with chicken, pork or shrimp – all are delicious and fresh. Glass windows allow you to peek into the kitchen to watch how the dumplings are expertly prepared. On the downside, prices are a tad high considering the small portions.

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    Veranda

    While it's not particularly old, this fine-dining restaurant has an almost colonial air to it, with couch seating inside and a big porch overlooking the Choijin Lama Temple Museum. The food is surprisingly good, with a menu featuring an array of delectable main dishes that fuse Italian and French recipes served by bow-tie uniformed waiters. Reserve ahead if you want a patio table.

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    Loving Hut

    This popular cafe's all-vegan menu offers a good variety of healthy and tasty dishes. Try the mogul (a veggie stir fry served on a sizzling platter), one of the half-dozen soups, the veggie gyoza or the buuz (steamed dumplings). Ask to see the special menu featuring fruit shakes and herbal teas.

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    Rock Salt

    This chic city restaurant channels Manhattan with its low-lit contemporary decor, curved ceiling and smooth jazz. Steaks and seafood are the speciality, which you grill on hot stone boards brought to your table. There's also Mongolian dishes, along with pizza and pasta, and an outdoor terrace for summer evenings.