What Do You Call a Mexican Restaurant in Mongolia?

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IMG_0808Last night we celebrated Dia de los Muertos with a full restaurant of expats and Mongolians, with fabulous seasonal decoration and a lively floor show. There was a set menu of sangria, sopa de hongos (mushrooms and pancetta in broth), horchata, chilaquiles and tres leches cake to finish. All of it was quite good, and the chilaquiles (right) actually had some chile warmth, which we appreciated.

No mariachi band, unfortunately, but there was a man who did tricks with fire — is there a term for these guys? — a three-person band and two contortionist acts.

Contortionist PyramidMongolian contortionists are famous and perform around the world, as well as locally. I asked our friend if booking them is like getting a magician for your kid’s birthday party, and, well, yes, it is.

And here’s our server in her Day of the Dead makeup:

Overall, it was an enjoyable night — in that culturally-dislocated way we’re coming to expect. We hear the restaurant is owned by three partners: one Mongolian, one Mexican and one Irish. (It sounds like the beginning of a great joke, doesn’t it? “Three guys walk into a bar, a Mongolian…”) Add to that a bunch of expats from western countries that don’t celebrate Dia de los Muertos, and the whole thing felt pretty random. Fun, though.

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5 thoughts on “What Do You Call a Mexican Restaurant in Mongolia?

  1. Suzanne

    Hey! I was wondering what the food is like in the grocery store — is there a variety of meats and vegetables to choose from?

  2. Mo

    I had a similar thought. Can you show us what the shelves look like in your local grocery store? I’m curious about both the products and the packaging.

  3. I definitely will post about grocery shopping here — it’s quite interesting! The short answer is that there are a lot of meats but not many vegetable varieties, and nearly everything is imported.

  4. pavement2112

    Geez, that seems like more fun than a drunken bash in the Mission with frat boys and wantrapreneurs! It’s a crazy world – everything is converging. I hope you did some tequila shots.

  5. sone

    Do they eat horse like in Kazahkstan?

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