One of the restaurants my siblings and I frequent that’s near our place is Hi-Rice Grill: Mongolian RiceBowl Eat-All-You-Can. As it says, it’s the kind of buffet where you choose your ingredients, spices and sauces, then put them in a bowl, and le chef grills it to one authentic-ish Mongolian treat.
It’s located along Marcos Hi-way, right after Sta. Lucia and Robinson’s malls (if you’re coming from Antipolo), at the ground floor of the not-so-lively Semicon Building. Beside it is the Salve Regina Hospital, and on the opposite side of the road lies a Slimmer’s World and Barrio Fiesta. You won’t miss it!
Though I admit that the restaurant isn’t visited that much by people – either they didn’t market it enough or the location isn’t just that accessible. But that’s exactly what makes it more enticing to visit: It has quite a spacious area with comfy seats and sofas where you can just hang around, and not worry about noisy people, waiting in line for your food, nor any other bother which you can find in most crowded fastfood chains.
Based from the couple of times we ate at Hi-Rice Grill, most people that dine here are tenants of the Semicon Building. If you frequent passing at that area you’ve probably noticed the film production trucks that park there. It seems that some part of the building is used as a key location from some local television’s teleserye.
The Mongolian buffet will cost you 280 PHP: unlimited rice bowls and a free ube ice cream dessert. Pretty much lies along the prices of other Mongolian buffet establishments. Their ingredients are placed at the farther back side of the restaurant, and along them are guides which you can follow to make four kinds of mixes: Hot & Spicy, Sweet & Spicy, Sweet, Sweet & Sour. After preparing your bowl, it will only take less than 5 minutes to get it cooked. Similar to Sweet Inspirations in Katipunan, they also serve regular ala carte dishes, drinks and pastries besides from the Mongolian Buffet.
Overall, if you live near the area, you should try Hi-Rice Grill and enjoy their good Mongolian buffet! Just follow the instructions thoroughly if you don’t know how to make your own. If you don’t, you’ll mess your bowl up and things are gonna go downhill from there. Also, the staff is quite polite and very hospitable so that’s a plus.