Raleigh >Food & Dining > Bali Hai
2414 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760835.814597 -78.625996
Addictive food! – We've been going there for over a decade. Best mongolian grill in the triangle. Veggies are always fresh and the spices are wonderful. Really reasonable prices.
Total Diamond in the Rough--Love it! – First of all, everyone who complains about not being able to mix their own sauce or not having as many choices should stick to Americanized Crazy Fire. This food is outstanding and highly authentic. Its like casting pearls before swine :)
It is a total no frills, no decor, with wobbly tables kind of place, but I don't go there for the ambience. The vegetables are always fresh and plentifu, unlike other Mongolian. The meats are tender and never chewy or tough. The food just cannot be beat, especially for that price.
Colon to Brain: You have may have made a huge mistake. – You go there because you lost a bet or you're done with it all or bored with food that "tastes good" or is "safe" or "doesn't help you shuffle off this mortal coil." You DO NOT go to Bali Hai because you want to experience what Mongolian food actually might taste like and you certainly don't go if you're having prostate surgery the next day or you still have a working colon. BUT YOU MUST GO.
This is one of my favorite places to go on this planet.
You have to go with friends (or a support buddy at least) and you must get the "combination 10."
I'll see you in hell. -Whitey
Beware of Crazy Cowokers – Man, this person that I work with is crazy about this place, but I don't get it. I think there is something addicitive in the food or this restaurant has some kind of a cult following by the way this person goes on about this restaurant. Every time going out to lunch is brought up there has to be an excuse ready for why we can't go out to eat at this place. Another person summed up this dining experience already......"Building is run down and unappealing. The selection of vegetables was ok but we were used to having a larger selection at other Mongolian BBQ places. You have 3 choices of meat (beef, pork, turkey) opposed to other places that have these along with shrimp, crabmeat, and chicken. You are asked basic questions about how spicy you like it and a few others. I am used to mixing my own flavors. We sat and were served 1 fork each and a drink in a plastic Pepsi cup. We did not get to choose what kind of rice. The taste of the food was good. The cash register is located between the bar, soda fountain and the cooking area. This puts you in everyone's way when you go to pay. When the waitress smiled and said $8.25 each I knew I would not be back."
I LOVE THIS PLACE – Great place to eat, you would never know it from the outside...DO NOT judge a book by its cover. They have quite a few veggies to select from, as well as 3 different types of meats. They also offer seafood such as shrimp and scallops, but you must as for them. They make the sauce choice very very easy. I am not an Asian food chef so I am not up to date on my mixing skills. So you chose sweet, spice, and other options...ITS SO YUMMY
Best fresh stir fry ever – Try to avoid twelve o'clock crowd at lunch, there are very loyal lunchies who go here. Yeah, the place is not big on decor, but the food is fresh and raw right in front of you and it comes off the grill so hot you have to wait several minutes to take a full bite. It bums me that people try to pile two bowls so high with food, i mean who can realy eat that much in one sitting? Also, i have to pick up the cost of their excess because you know who the cost gets passed onto. We always bring a peanut butter sandwich or a burger for our picky child and they are fine with that. I hope the restauarant prospers but i hate crowds so i am glad it looks a little dumpy and keeps the hordes away. Believe me, if people knew what good food they are driving by going to Applebee's or Outback or wherever they go, boy they would go in a horde to get some great Mongolian stir-fry. I rarely see people get the curry flavor, but since i started i can't stop. I am now getting a B5 double E (combination sweet-soup/hot spicy with a double shot of curry). I wish i had started eating here 10 years ago instead of last year! Now we have another stand-by for geting a meal besides Neo-Monde or Royal India or - heck i gotta go, my wife is in the car and guess where we are going out to eat?
Best fast-service Asian food in the Triangle. – I avoided this place for the first 3 years I lived in Raleigh due to it's outer appearance. Once I finally heard enough friends raving about it, I checked it out with some skepticism. Frankly, I was blown away. The food is fresh, healthy and fast. I especially recommend it to people who enjoy spicy food. The price can't be beat either.
I can't think of a place where I can get such delicious HEALTHY food (load up on the veggies!) in the area. GO!
Best Chinese Mongolian EVER! – This is THE place to eat! i used to eat there 3 or 4 times a week when I worked in Raleigh. Now I have lived in Greensboro for 3 years and I'm still having cravings and sever withdrawals.
I visit there maybe twice a year now :(
GREAT FOOD!!! Noone has matched the taste anywhere!
Food is Delicious – Bali Hai is not a restaurant you go to if you are looking for ambience. HOWEVER, if great food is what you are looking for, then go to Bali Hai. The food is awesome. Their 'premade' spicy combinations offer something for everyone. They have Spicy, Sweet -n- Sour, Curry, Not Spicy, and Combination (spicy and sweet-n-sour). They do offer steamed rice, chicken, shrimp, and maybe steak (not sure) if you ask for it. I have been hooked on Bali Hai for years!!
No ambience, but the food is delicious! – I've been going to Bali Hai for 8 years now, it is _always_ delicious. The other location in Durham is newer and nicer and the food has that same Bali Hai flare/flavor. The person who did the last rating may like the "Americanized" mongolian that you can get at those other "crazy" type places, but if you want the real deal, Bali Hai always delivers friendly service and great tasting authentic mongolian bbq! I go there for their unique flavor, not for gimmicks. If you want gimmicks, then stick with the other mongolian chain stores.
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