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Gengy's Mongolian Bbq Buffet Restaurant
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Ranked #7 of 106 Restaurants in Hastings
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Reviewed 2 January 2021

A fun place to visit with a good selection of food.
We first went with an older couple, like us. It was a quieter night being Tuesday but the restaurant was still at least 50% full - a good sign. They do a $33 buffet dinner, reduced to $28 for pensioners and also a reduced price for 17 years and under. Being "all you can eat" it is hard for it not to be of good value.
Don't expect fine dining. Just a good selection of buffet dishes as an entrée. The chicken wings and drumsticks were very good. The prawns were a good size unlike those served in some restaurants. The salsa type entrée dish was very good. The coleslaw standard and so on. Then for the mains selecting one meat at a time with self selected vegetables, seemingly very freshly prepared (they must have been for they had to keep replacing the empty dishes) were cooked on a large round "Mongolian" BBQ plate. Again the prawns for mains were a very good size and taste. The selection of sauces and seasonings was commendable. We returned just before Christmas at about 6 pm with family including teenage grandchildren. Again we were met by the very pleasant and welcoming manageress who guided us to a seat that she said would be good that night. It was.
We got off to a great start. The grandchildren enthusiastically took part!. We adults enjoyed the $10 jugs of a craft beer. As before we ate our fill. It was ideal for our type of family occasion.
A point worth noting is that this in the lead up to Christmas. It got very busy around 7 pm and the BBQ service became slower with the restaurant being now full (seats possibly (150??). The queue however soon decreased. My point - on a busy night service will slow somewhat at a peak time but they managed it. We will return.
The dessert selection was also good for families. Nothing too fancy but a more than adequate choice. (Note with covid being well managed in NZ special considerations are not required.)

Date of visit: December 2020
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2  Thank Malcolm R
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Reviewed 18 October 2020

We absolutely loved our dinner here in Hastings. I went for my neice' birthday and it was my first time dining there. Absolutely delicious food, love how it's all cooked right in front of you and it's not a long wait EITHER!
The service was great! The lady who showed us to our table was so very welcoming, lovely customer service and very accommodating, also really nice to kids as we had a lot with us!
Chefs were great, my partner made a comment that they remembered exactly who's dish is whose? Not sure but when it was time for the birthday song, one of the chefs even drummed a beat to it which was awesome!

Lovely restaurant, kid friendly, warm atmosphere and great service all round. Thank you to the staff who made our night and food, fastastic!

Date of visit: October 2020
1  Thank Audge91
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Reviewed 27 July 2020

We have eaten here twice now for special events. The second time was for my 70th and was chosen because of our first experience there.
The food is delicious, you choose what you want yourself from a selection of prepared bits, add the condiments you want in eg oil, spices, herbs etc. the staff are there to help you choose. Then present your dish to the cooks who cook it for you on a large flat hot plate in front of you.
Choose from a selection of salads and cold stuff.
Desert is simple, ice cream and fruit salad or a pancake cooked there for you.
You can go back for more as many times as you like.
The food is delicious, hot and fresh.
Because you are up helping yourself as a group there is plenty of opportunity to mix and mingle.
Great for all ages. Our first visit was my grandsons 12 th birthday our next was my 70th.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Thank Christina H
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Reviewed 12 July 2020

This place is an absolute disgrace. From having to wait over half and hour for a simple drinks order and then it was still wrong. to the line for food. Even the prepared dishes were cold when they weren't meant to be. They just seemed overwhelmed

Date of visit: July 2020
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Thank Linpenfam
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Reviewed 24 February 2020

Having been to the one in Palmerston North we expected this one to be very similar. It was like a poor relation. Everything was swimming in oil (they added it when they cooked the food) The choices were not as good and quite a bit of the food (other peoples) was burnt. No matter what sauce we added all you could taste was the oil. The hightlight was the guy who made the pancakes. The service was good. Just the food let them down.

Date of visit: February 2020
Thank Paighan
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