Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot Restaurant Review


Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot and Grill

215 South Ellsworth Ave (3rd ave)

San Mateo, CA 94401


Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot and Grill Website

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot Restaurant Review

Happy lamb hot pot replaced Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot is a hot pot restaurant in downtown San Mateo, right across from Walgreen’s during the Covid 19 Pandemic. The decor is majorly improved and they use serving robots. Prices have also gone up.

Chinese hot pot is a fun meal where a pot of boiling broth at your table is used to cook meats, vegetables, and seafood. Cooking involves dipping the food in the boiling broth for 30 seconds to a couple minutes. They also have some pre-cooked BBQ and Rice, Dumpling, Pancake items on the menu. Our last visit was in 2021 when indoor dining reopened. See how hot pot is done in Beijing Nam Men Hot Pot

Decor, Vibe – Happy Lamb Hot Pot has clean modern decor, surprising for a place like this. Bar area up front. Not like most Chinese restaurant, with clean bathrooms. This place gets crowded at night. Its popular has grown over the years. Thankfully, most folks take about an hour to fill themselves up.

Happy Lamb Hot Pot Menu

Mongolian Hot Pot has added a Vegetarian soup base, Herbal Pot shop, Miso soup, and Pork Rib pot on our last visit.  All cost $4.95/person.  These bases make their hot pot a lot more mainstream. Minimum Charge: Lunch $9.99, Dinner $16.95 per person.

Take care when you order, it is easy to order too much.  You can always add to your order! Luckily you can cook all those extra items and take them home. The hardcore, like us, ask for plastic containers to take the leftover broth home.  It is great for cooking noodles!

Happy Lamb Hot Pot Picks:

Mongolian Hot Pot and Grill Hot Pot

Half Spicy Broth/Half Normal

Mongolian Hot Pot and Grill Meat


Mongolian Mini Hot Pot Combo ($9.95 Lunch) – We selected Half Original /Half Spicy broth, Lamb and Beef, Veggies. It was fun to cook our items. The soup base had a little more Chinese herbs than most may be used to, but was fine for us. You might be better off at Shabuway if you cannot handle this. Quality of the meats was average, nothing gourmet here.

Pork Rib Pot Soup Base ($4.95 per person) was a welcome addition to the menu. Little Sheep’s original soup base is pretty medicinal, while this one is a lot more mainstream with its strong port flavor. As a bonus you can meet the tender rib pork meat at the end of your meal. Almost no one orders the mushroom broth.

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USDA choice Angus beef ($9.99) is fairly low quality beef, that is acceptable. Consider upgrading. 7/10

natural marbled lamb (9.99) was also fairly low quality lamb. 7/10

Mongolian Hot Pot and Grill 1

Assorted Mushroom platter ($11.99) is a must for any mushroom fan. Several different types. 9/10

Assorted Vegetable Combo ($10.99) was filled with several different greens. A nice mixture to balance out the meats. 9/10

Fresh tofu ($3.99) had a good-sized selection of jiggly white tofu. 8/10

Thick  noodles ($3.99) are egg based freshly made ones. 8/10

Mongolian Hot Pot Red Bean Paste Yam Cake

Red Bean Paste Yam Cake ($3.95) had 2 soft and hot yam cakes filled with very sweet red bean paste. An acquired taste, but hot and delicious.

Sesame Balls w/ red bean paste ($3.95)  had 6 small balls, fresh and HOT out of the fryer. Better than most dim sum restaurants.

Mongolian Lamb Skewers ($6.95) had 4 meaty skewers of lamb. Good quality, a little gamey, lots of spices on top made for a pretty spicy skewer.


Supreme beef slice ($7.95) was a pretty average selection of meat with no special flavor.

Prime Rib Beef ($10.95) was a fair beef choice with lots of fat. Slices are a lot bigger than the Kobe. The flavors were lacking though.

Restaurant Map:

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot and Grill Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Hours:5pm-11pm, Mon-Fri 1130am-230pm.
Prices:$4.49 - $9.95

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