Best restaurants in Western Mongolia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ölgii

    Arvin Coffee & Book

    Stepping into the Starbucks–styled surrounds of Ölgii's first coffee shop is a bit like finding a pub on Mars. They'll even whizz you up a caramel, cream-topped frappeno, as Russian 4WDs bounce through potholes on the street below. Brunch bites include egg on toast and cereal. It's on the second floor above Arvin Restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ulaangom

    Han Hohii

    The top contender for date night in Uvs, with bow ties on the staff, chandeliers and a globetrotting menu that includes Greek salads (T6000), udon noodle soup (T7000), chicken tacos (T12,000), fish and chips (T14,000) and pizza slices from the bakery downstairs. They can do cappuccinos, though the machine was broken on our visit. In a bright orange building.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ölgii

    Pamukkale

    Smartly dressed staff greet you with a smile at this Turkish–run outfit, the nicest restaurant in town by a steppe mile. After a long trip, a juicy shish kebab with a side of fries really hits the spot. Also has soups, chicken dishes and authentic Turkish desserts. No alcohol but they do serve Turkish coffee.

  • Restaurants in Khovd City

    Khovd Nomin

    A massive selection of food and drinks (including decent imported wine and spirits), plus everything from Chinggis Khaan carpets to tents.

  • Restaurants in Ulaangom

    Grand Restaurant

    The speciality at this carnivore's paradise is a humongous sharing platter of meat. Called the grand neriin hool (T60,000) it's piled high with roast chicken, fried chicken, beef ribs, beef steak with onions, noodles and fried potatoes; serves six to eight people. Half-sized version T35,000. The usual Mongolian chow, bulgogi (Korean-style grilled beef slices) and some Chinese dishes also available.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Khovd City

    Minj Restaurant

    Minj Hotel 's bright, spotless restaurant serves local and international dishes but the menu is in Mongolian only. Frants takhia ( T11,000, literally 'French chicken') is fried chicken with pineapple and veg, while tackturetan (T7500) is spicy Korean chicken with rice. They also have bulgogi (Korean–style grilled beef strips). A well-stocked bar serves spirits, wine and beer.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Khovd City

    Urguu Restaurant

    Tinted windows make this hotel restaurant's dining room rather dreary (or romantic, depending on your point of view), but the dishes really shine. 'Fresh salad' (T4500) is made with leafy greens, cucumber and tomato, and is gloriously free of gloopy mayo. Chinese dishes include a large portion of lip-smacking fried chicken with chillies and peanuts (T12,500), served with white rice.

  • Restaurants in Ölgii

    Pamuk Cafe

    Run by the same crew behind Pamukkale, Ölgii's second cafe came just weeks after its first. Slurp barista coffee from a fancy machine, and choose from a selection of cakes. The hamburgers, prepared in the morning then zapped in the microwave, are surprisingly good.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Uliastai

    Udwal Bakery and Coffee Shop

    Expect a warm, English–speaking welcome from Amarzaya, the owner of this homely cafe. She can brew you up a latte (T4000) or cappuccino using a Nespresso machine; milkshakes, freshly made sandwiches, beef stew, tiny pizzas and awesomely gooey cinnamon rolls are also available. The only downside is the lack of wi-fi.

  • Restaurants in Ölgii

    Arvin Restaurant & Pub

    Genuinely friendly staff and some delicious Kazakh and Mongolian favourites (plus a few Western dishes) make this place popular with both locals and travellers. We recommend the Kazakh dish sirne (meat cooked in a pressure cooker). Beer from T2500. Photo menu.

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    Khar Temis Restaurant

    The most interesting thing on the menu at this small restaurant inside the hotel is a riff on the ubiquitous khuushuur pancakes (T1000) filled not with mutton but lake fish; unfortunately they aren't always available. A fridge full of ice-cold beers does the trick. English spoken.

  • Restaurants in Ulaangom

    Tavan Od Restaurant

    Well regarded by Uvs locals, this humongous restaurant feels a little soulless, but the professional kitchen turns out servicable salads (with real dressing), several pasta dishes (T6000-T12,000), steaks, goulash and some unusual takes on Mongolian fare, including khuushuur (fried pancakes) filled with Korean kimchi.

  • Restaurants in Khovd City

    Winners

    A reliable choice for filling Mongolian chow plus a good selection of chicken dishes. Also has a vegetarian take on khuushuur (fried mutton pancakes) filled with potato and cabbage (five for T6000). Choose from two dining rooms separated by a small bar. Goulash is the house speciality, but it was out on our visit.

  • Restaurants in Uliastai

    Zagasan Nud Restaurant

    Pair your meaty Mongolian fare with fresh salad dishes at this cosy restaurant attached to the hotel of the same name. It can also serve up a roast leg of sheep (T80,000) or whole fish (T30,000) with advance notice. English photo menu.

  • Restaurants in Uliastai

    Uliastai Hotel Restaurant

    A safe bet, this hotel restaurant serves up barbecued chicken, beef stew and fried fish along with a range of traditional Mongolian dishes. It also has a good selection of drinks and a surprisingly funky music playlist circa 2010.

  • Restaurants in Ölgii

    Aimel Family Restaurant

    Opened by a Kazakh chef who earned his toque at an Indian restaurant in UB, the family-sized offerings here include mildly spiced biryanis, jalfrezis and butter chicken, served alongside fresh-baked garlic naan and samosas. English menu.

  • Restaurants in Khovd City

    Tavan Erdene

    Service with a scowl at this no-frills guanz (canteen) opposite the market, serving Mongolian favourites including tasty khuushuur (mutton pancakes). Four or five of these is enough gamey grease for most.

  • Restaurants in Khovd City

    Market

    A Mad Max– style maze of rusty metal containers, selling fresh veggies, staples and the region's famous watermelons. Also has a large covered meat market.

  • Restaurants in Uliastai

    Market

    Shop here for vegetables and staples. There's also a row of guanzes (canteens) serving cheap buuz (mutton dumplings) and the like.

  • Restaurants in Ölgii

    Tsambagarav Supermarket

    Well-stocked supermarket that is open late. There's a Golomt ATM inside. There's a greengrocer and several more supermarkets along the same street.