Genghis Grill is a Dallas Texas chain that has a couple of locations in the Oklahoma City area. The one we went to is in Moore. The concept is that you get a bowl and choose your meats, veggies, spices, and sauce and then the cook prepares it for you on a large round grill. When it is ready it is served to you at your table.
The concept isn’t new or unique, I had a similar dining experience at a now defunct place in St Pete called “the Dish”.
I piled on my veggies and tofu (boy I wish I had a bigger bowl) and added some garlic and red pepper flakes and chili sauce. I looked at the sauces and the only one that looked good that didn’t have oyster sauce in it was the peanut curry. I put that in the small bowl for sauces and handed it off to the cook.
Tammy did the same thing. She got her beef and veggies and looked at the sauces and chose the one that was labeled “best for beef: and used that one.
We also ordered some edamame and chicken lettuce wraps for appetizers and started on them as the cook prepared our food.
The edamame had a good flavor, but we both thought it would have been better out of the pod. Eating it like it was, you were pulling two pieces of string out of your mouth and it wouldn’t have made a good choice for a first date appetizer.
Tammy got down a part of her first assembled chicken wrap when the entrees came out. They came out in red bowls with the Genghis Grill logo on them.
I thought mine was spiced well, I probably could have used a few more pepper flakes to make it perfect but that was my doing in choosing the level of heat. The tofu that was on the bar was raw firm or extra firm in water and since everything is thrown in the same bowl the tofu doesn’t get that much time to really get seared or cooked. It was not soggy or mushy but it lacked flavor. I could have also used twice as much of the peanut curry sauce as well. My dish had a slight tinge of the peanut flavor but not enough to really enjoy it. Except for those two things the dish was pretty good. Veggies weren’t’ raw or overcooked. I got mine with rice noodles and the noodles were pretty good and went well with the dish.
Tammy’s was very sweet. She wasn’t expecting it to be so sweet, especially since it was supposed to be best for beef and didn’t mention any sweetness to it. She was avoiding anything that said honey or mentioned a sweetness to it. She had to drown the dish in soy sauce to make it palatable to her. We talked to the waitress about it and she mentioned that the stir fry sauce is a good choice for something that isn’t sweet. She also indicated that we could have chosen to just do soy sauce, however the dish couldn’t be cooked in the soy sauce because it messes up the flat top somehow, so it would have to be added in after the fact and not during. So the flavor wouldn’t have been cooked into the veggies and meat. Tammy did like the fried rice she got with the dish.
She ate another chicken wrap and tasted something she hadn’t tasted before, and I looked at it on the menu and it was Genghis’ version of Kung Pao. I think it was sweetened as well.
After we finished eating we headed up to the food bar again to take a closer look at the sauces. The one that the waitress suggested was even sweet, so that one was out as well. If we do go back then Tammy will have to do the after cooking soy sauce thing. If you like sweet sauces then this place is for you.
Genghis Grill can be found locally at:
2370 South I-35 Service Road
2121 West Memorial Road