By Denise Ortuno
Hungry diners can fill up with delicious dishes at CJ’s Stir It Up Mongolian Grill & Sushi Bar all you can eat in Indio.
If you have a big appetite, and looking for a unique dining experience that just so happens to offer all you can eat, then CJ’s is for you. The popular Indio restaurant has been serving up their out of the ordinary food concept for many years. Owners Chris and Jackie Oppenheimer first had their restaurant location in La Quinta, and then opened the Indio spot two years ago, which is now the couples only location after closing La Quinta. The Indio area for their restaurant has proven to be a successful decision and is thriving.
First time guests do benefit from some light instruction as to how dining at CJ’s works, as I found out on my trip there, kindly explained by our server Justine. Here is how it goes. Upon entering, you are seated at a table, and then after ordering drinks, your server presents you with an empty bowl. You then take the bowl and go up to the line where there are a myriad of items to fill your bowl with. Everything from meats, to veggies, noodles and sauces are available to stack up your bowl. After your bowl is filled, hand it over to the stir fry master along with your table number, where he sautés the contents of the bowl together on a huge round top grill heated between 500 and 600 degrees to lock in the flavors of all of the ingredients. For an additional cost, guests can add eggs or shrimp to their bowl creations. Then just eat and enjoy, and do it all over again!
As if all that wasn’t enough, all bowls come with Miso or Egg Drop soup, white or brown rice and crunchy noodles to munch on. Quite the deal for only $13.95. A $10.95 single bowl option is offered from 11am to 3pm, for those who don’t want to indulge in all you can eat, which is the road that I took. I filled my bowl with pork, mushrooms, onions, peppers, broccoli, carrots, jalapenos, water chestnuts, cilantro, noodles and about three different sauces. My bowl creation proved to be absolutely delicious, served steaming hot directly off the grill. There are seemingly an endless amount of combinations that guests can make up, making each round of all you can eat different every time.
About seven months ago, CJ’s brought another element to their Asian fusion dining experience, adding sushi to the menu….with of course, an all you can eat option. All you can eat sushi is $24.95 for lunch until 3pm and $31.95 for dinner served until 8pm. Guests can also order sushi a-la-carte. For added meal enhancement, CJ’s provides beer, wine and sake.
CJ’s Stir It Up Mongolian Grill & Sushi Bar is a fun unique dining experience, perfect for families or just satisfying your hunger with savory Asian fusion fare.
CJ’s Stir It Up Mongolian Grill & Sushi Bar is located at 42-150 Jackson Street Bldg E, Indio Ca, 92203. For more information visit www.cjsgrillandsushi.com