Hi-Ho Mongolian Grill

Sweet, a brand new restaurant right in the heart of Hilo!  Hi-Ho Mongolian Grill, a franchise with other locations in Illinois and Iowa, opened just a few days ago. It was pretty busy when we got in, like any new place opening in Hilo… anything new is super exciting for us!

It’s a pretty neat concept:  you choose a bowl size (little khan, mighty khan, barbarian khan), or all you can eat, then you fill it up with a nice variety of veggies and meats…

… they had seafood too… shrimp and scallops…

… some noodles too… don’t be shy to pile it up since it shrinks.

Then the fun part, putting on your sauces!  I wasn’t feeling too adventurous so I just followed the recommended recipe on the sign and added a bit more of the “mongolian fire oil” — spicy stuff! (click on the image to make big)….

Then you hand it over to one of the chefs and they cook your food on this HUGE flat wok which gets super hot.  It was a lot of fun watching — they totally put on a show, throwing the bowls and food in the air.

Finished bowl (mighty khan “medium” size).  Pretty huge.  Next time I’ll get the smaller bowl… or get the bigger bowl and take home the leftovers. :)

Served with a great tasting egg drop soup and bowl of rice.  It’s a lot of food!

They even have a little desert which comes with the meal… some fresh fruits and pudding.

It was all very yummy and fresh.  I would come back another time.  Next time I will change my sauce recipe… it was a bit too sweet and salty for me.  I’ll be more adventurous next time.

Prices are pretty reasonable (click to make big):

Service was very nice and friendly too.  It’s great that we have this new place in Hilo!

Hi-Ho Mongolian Grill
194 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-1777

23 Responses to “Hi-Ho Mongolian Grill”

  1. Andrew Cooper Says:

    A posting! I has been a while…

    I have tried this sort of concept back on the mainland, you can do quite well or end up with something just barely edible. It helps to have a little experience, or simply good sense, in selecting what ingredients go well together. Might put this one on the list next time over on that side of the island.

  2. Makea Says:

    Interesting, I’ve been waiting for this place to open since the signs went up. My shop is close by, but I haven’t heard any radio ads, flyers posted, etc.

    Regardless, the place has a badass name! Don’t remember a restaurant in Downtown Hilo that attracted so many people since L&L first opened up.

    Looking forward to your review of the mysterious Ice Pond Diner(?).

  3. Holly Says:

    You have a great blog! Since you seem like a foodie, you should check out this new site called http://www.behindtheburner.com.
    It’s going to provide tips and tricks about anything and everything in the culinary world. Check it out!

  4. kelly Says:

    looks ono brah…i bet da big bruddahs go foa da buffet. I went to a mongolian grill in Tucson, AZ , and da buggah was suprisingly good. I wondah if they had mongolian katsu??….i hope they at least has some fruit punch brah.

  5. Coconut Willy Says:

    Interesting concept. Just wondering how the company picked Hilo for their first Hawaii location. No offense, cause I’m from there. Just wondering.

  6. Napua Says:

    Plenny places li’dat up hea in da DC area. I love em too. Da grindz is ‘ono!

  7. TED TAKA Says:

    THANK YOU, FOR VISITING OUR RESTAURANT, HI-HO MONGOLIAN GRILL. MY WIFE AND I MOVED BACK TO HILO 9 YRS AGO FRON ILLINOIS WHERE I LIVED FOR 20 YRS. AFTER LEAVING HILO AT THE AGE OF 21. MOVED BACK HOME, WINTERS WHERE GETTING TO LONG. I JUST WANTED TO BRING SOMETHING I FOUND SO FAR FROM HOME, THAT REMINDED ME OF HOW MY MOM COOKED WITH VEGGIES AND MEATS, ALWAYS ONO. AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR VISIT. P.S. SAY HI WHEN YOU DROP BY.
    MAHALO PLENTY
    TED TAKA

  8. Hilo Artist Says:

    Went by the Hiho Mongolian Grill on the weekend and it was pretty good!
    The best part was listening to live Slack Key music! Totally made the experince feel like fine dinning!

    On another note, I would like to mention my Puka Puka Kitchen experince. A very awesome new find and right on bayfront Kam Ave! It was so pleasing to experience a cross of cultures in their offering. I had the BBq chicken which is the one the won 1st place at the recent Hilo Bay BBQ challenge. On the same plate was this garlic rice which reminded me of something from India. The garlic Ahi don was also very special! My daughter had the coconut shrimp and it was on of the best I have ever had!
    Awesome place!

  9. I love island living Says:

    Yummy! That looks great! I’ve definitely had my share of fixing the not so tasty dish before.. lol
    The great thing is that it’s all up to you, so you can’t complain about anything, but the way you prepared it. :-)
    I’m hungry. I think I’m off to get some Mongolian BBQ!

  10. Devany Says:

    I have been to their Chicago locations a few years ago. What I liked best is that it is very healthy food, it is almost impossible to make bad choices, other than eating too much! We are moving to Hilo in a few weeks and I am excited that Hilo has another new restaurant!

  11. Chris Says:

    I was going to suggest that you go eat here, but you already have! I love it, it’s great food. When I was in Tahoe, we ate at a place called Fire & Ice, and it was the same concept (but on a bigger scale, and with more food options), and I came back raving about how neat it was. Then two days later I discovered Hi Ho Mongolian Grill!

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  13. Scott Says:

    I’ve been to a Mongolian Grill in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, maybe it’s the same chain. Strange how they jump the 5,000 miles from Iowa to open a store in Hilo. It was good in Iowa, I just saw the Hilo restaurant the other day, I’ll have to try it next time I’m working in Hilo.

  14. LemurKat Says:

    We were elated to discover this in Hilo recently. And to think we’d almost chosen Subway next door… My only complaint – I added too many jalapenos by mistake! Silly me, I didn’t read the “HOT” sign above it… Also, I didn’t heap my bowls up because I didn’t realise it would shrink so much and wasn’t sure we were allowed to heap it too much (although one lady had a little Khan and it was loaded so high it was almost falling off). It was plenty of food anyhow, and certainly filled us up. We went for lunch and the price was excellent (we wanted somewhere with food for under $10) although they didn’t have seafood on the menu.

    Kat

  15. Maren Says:

    Had my birthday dinner there. Would go back any time.
    I don’t care if it’s a chain. It is the only place away from home that I can put my food together the way I want it – and not wash dishes.

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  17. parv Says:

    This is certainly not for me. I just could not get over the fact that people were sniffling & coughing near the ingredients; handling food with bare hands. Meat & eggs were certainly not kept refrigerated.

  18. who dat Says:

    this message is for parv
    no matter where you go people will sniff and cough, thats why they have sneeze guards.
    also all of their food is refrigerated, sometimes i even see frost!!!
    as for bare hands that is what the tongs are for, you must have been sleeping during your experience at mongolian grill!!!

  19. Doug Says:

    I love this place. The food is as healthy as you want it, with lots of veggies. They do a good job preparing it, it’s always good, especially if you do a good job mixing up the sauces. Maybe Parv visited a different place– I’ve been there like six or seven times and the place is spotlessly clean, and I’ve never seen people coughing on the food. (By the way, they do COOK the food, you know.) It’s a good value, and a great option in Hilo.

    Ted, who posted up above, is also a great host – he comes by and says hello to his guests, and no he’s not my cousin, he just recognizes people who come back and treats them like part of the `ohana. Keep up the good work!

  20. yuk!!! Says:

    should have known better…

    and should have left when they said they were “out of” all seafood. on mother’s day at 6 p.m.? wtf is up w/ that?

    and when i saw the way the “cooks” walked around and around the grill, dragging the food along with them, all the sauces from different peoples’ choices mixing together into one.

    and what’s with adding all the tap water and making it all sloppy and soupy?

    halfway through the meal my wife started to feel her stomach acting up.

    sure enough we were both sick as dogs by the time we got home.

    also, all the bowls and plates and silverware were wet, and the table was filthy and also wet.

    call me what you will, i don’t give a rat’s ass! yeah, go ahead, give me some sage advice…

    the place sucks and from the looks of it always will suck.

    and in case you were wondering, the “service” sucked too, but that’s almost always the case in Hilo, so no real surprise there.

    the saying, “You don’t go to Hawaii for the food” is true!

    you’ve been warned.

  21. whatever Says:

    its obvious you are a complainer (yuk) because it wasnt just the restaurant but you dont like (hilo) or hawaii for that matter!!! by the way there is a lot of good food in hawaii!!!! so stay at home and cook your own food!!!!!

  22. Jack Says:

    It looks awesome! Be sure to post a review at http://tinyurl.com/26okadh and tell us more!

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