The new restaurant took over 102 Castro St. soon after Hunan Chili closed in 2013, but just opened its doors in late November.
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, one of the newest additions to the downtown Mountain View dining scene.
Pass by on a cold night and you’ll get the gist of the hot-pot concept: the windows stream up from large metal pots full of hot broth sitting at the center of tables, with plates of raw add-ins like vegetables, meats, seafood and noodles brought to diners, who then cook the soup to their personal content.
Little Sheep's soup bases are prepared from a "secret" recipe with up to 36 different herbs and spices, according to the restaurant’s website. For the soup base, you can choose from spicy, original or half and half. Then, take your pick of endless meats — from angus and kobe beef to beef tendon balls and pork belly — or seafood (mussels, clams, scallops, cuttlefish balls, shrimp, calamari). Vegetable, noodle and other add-in options are equally endless. Finish with sauces, which vary from location to location. Explore the full menu here.
Other Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot locations nearby include San Mateo, Union City, Cupertino and San Francisco. Farther-flung outposts are in China, Japan and even Canada.
The Mountain View restaurant is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m.