By Wendy Purdy
Stephen and I recently dined at 3BBQ, a new Mongolian BBQ place at 29050 S. Western Ave. (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.). Overall, we enjoyed our experience and plan to return. The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily.
If you plan to eat at the restaurant, the procedure might seem a little confusing at first. On the day we visited, the host seated us at a table and presented an order slip for us to complete. Since we both wanted to order the single lunch bowl along with water, the slip was easy for us to decipher. However, if you plan to order different items from the menu, or one of the many drink selections, you might need some assistance.
After completing our slip, we began building our BBQ bowls. Numerous meats, vegetables and sauces are available for customizing your bowl. Noodles are also included on the bar in case you want these along with the included steamed rice.
Tip: The bowls are narrow at the bottom and wide at the top. So, I placed my noodles and vegetables in the bowl first, and then the meat. The weight of the meat compresses the veggies, and the additional surface area at the top allows you to pile on a few additional pieces of meat.
After you complete your BBQ masterpiece, you hand your bowl over to the expert chef, who grills everything on a large, flat, super-hot surface. Along with the steamed rice, you also receive a spring roll and a small serving of hot-and-sour soup with your bowl.
If the quality of food and service remain at today's level or even higher, I suspect this restaurant will enter our regular rotation of local eateries.