After less than three years, Togi’s Mongolian Cuisine has quietly closed in downtown Oakland. As documented by Luke Tsai in the East Bay Express, it was one of few true Mongolian restaurants in the entire country — SF’s Mongol Cafe in Lower Nob Hill and Great Mongolia Nomads Restaurant in the Inner Richmond weren’t open yet at the time, but even those spots don’t serve 100 percent Mongolian food.
Togi’s was not a so-called “Mongolian barbecue restaurant” (spoiler: not actually Mongolian), nor did it serve Mongolian hot-pot, which was actually invented in China. Instead, it served traditional dumplings, fried meat pockets, stir-fried noodles, and lots of beef and lamb. (Some of those dishes can be found at the aforementioned San Francisco restaurants, but alongside sushi and bagel sandwiches.)
A sign is already up for the space’s next incarnation: Elephant Sushi, as in the popular family-owned group of Japanese restaurants with locations in Russian Hill, the Tenderloin, and Civic Center.
Stay tuned for more details on Elephant Sushi’s opening.