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Chinese Cafe Eight/EbisuMinami

Chinese Cafe 8 (CC8) is a chain of three Chinese restaurants in Tokyo: in Ebisu, Minami Azabu and Akasaka. This chain is noted for its good quality and low prices, as well as their erotic sculptures hanging from the walls. (You can read more about that in the links below), if you are offended by sculptures of male and female genitalia then perhaps this is not the place for you). I eat here about once a week on average. The lunchtime menu has to be one of the better deals in the city. They have several ramen, chinese and chahan dishes on the menu, including a suratanmen teishoku (pictured above) at lunchtime for only 850 yen. This suratanmen a really generous portion and is served with a large layer of onions and hot spicy oil (ra-yu) on top. There is a good portion of noodles at the bottom of the bowl. A small salad and a shumai complete this meal. As you can probably imagine, this place gets *extremely* crowded with local office workers at lunch time. At dinner time the Peking Duck is quite popular, although I have not had it. They have all-you-can-eat white rice, an-in-do-fu desert and tea (all self-serve). Another item on their menu that I have had is the sui gyoza, a plate of three decently-sized ones for 100 yen, and you can order as many as you want from a menu of about 30 types (not available at lunch time though). Several plates of these can make up a meal easily. If you are looking to have a good Chinese meal at a low price in Tokyo I can easily recommend this place.

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