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Little Fat Sheep, review

Rating: 8.5/10

Cost: Moderate

Reservations: Call to check. (626) 282-1089

Address: 120 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park, CA  91754

I ate at the Little Fat Sheep in Los Angeles, CA not long ago, and quite (read very much) enjoyed the dining. The food was good, as was the service, the atmosphere convivial, and the cost worth it! Before writing a review I checked to see if there were reviews already, and found loads here, here, and here. (Apparently there’s more than one branch – see this for example.) So why write another review? Mostly for completeness – and to help spread their well-deserved fame!

Little Fat Sheep is a Mongolian hot-pot restaurant. For those that haven’t been initiated into this cult (eg. me, until last night), a hot-pot restaurant is where you get a table with a heating mechanism in the middle, on which is placed a bowl (or bowls) of broth. You get a variety of uncooked food (your choice) to dip into the broth to cook, then fish it out with a ladle (or your chopsticks) and eat it. Pretty simple, somewhat like a fondue.

At the Little Fat Sheep you can get two kinds of broth – savory and spicy. Even if you like spicy food, I recommend getting at least the half-and half because you will want the variety. Also, start with a level 5 of heat – that’s plenty hot, and you can always make it spicier. Then you order your choice of things to put in, cook and eat! We ordered:

  • Sliced lamb (really really good)
  • Sliced beef (really good)
  • Beef meatball
  • Fish dumplings (damn fine)
  • Taro (don’t get it)
  • Tofu (don’t get this either unless you really like tofu)
  • Oyster mushrooms
  • Shitake mushrooms (didn’t order, but reportedly pretty good)

Eating here is specially good on cold nights since the soup is hot and tasty. We dined there on one of the busiest nights of the year and our wait was 15 minutes. I definitely recommend eating here. If you do, report back with what else you ordered. And they’re open till 1 in the morning (though they only accept new diners until midnight)!

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This entry was posted on October 14, 2009 by in Mongolian, Restaurant review and tagged , .

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