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Chinese Cafe
Nishi-Azabu: Chinese
This all-night Pe-
king duck restaurant
is one of the best
Chinese-food bar-
gains in Tokyo. They
attract a crowd of
young Japanese club-
goers and Chinese
patrons of all ages,
with the mix varying
depending on the
time (they're open
24 hours a day). The
food and service are
very authentic, and
this place offers
quite a contrast to
the more serene
confines of Roppongi
Hills just across
the street.

Let's start with the
Peking duck - they
charge just Y3680
for a whole duck,
enough for three or
four people - and
that price also
includes soup (a
standard but tasty
chicken broth with
cabbage), a stir-
fry, and the usual
pancakes and condi-
ments. Your chef
wheels a roast duck
out on a cart, then
slices it up at your
table. The pancakes
may not be the most
delicate we've en-
countered, but the
duck itself is very
good - juicy and
tender, with flavor-
ful meat and crispy

Since this is a
Chinese restaurant
of course they offer
a huge menu of
dishes to go with
your duck. Of par-
ticular interest are
the more than fifty
small-plate dishes
priced at just Y200
a plate - items like
stir-fried garlic
(surprisingly spicy)
and pickled lotus
roots (surprisingly
vinegar-y). At these
prices you can try
whatever looks
interesting. Then
there's the amazing
sui-gyoza (steamed
dumplings) priced at
just Y100 for a
plate of three.
These come in 26
different varieties,
but we had a bit of
trouble telling the
flavors apart - they
all incorporate the
same basic meaty
filling and a dollop
of hot broth inside
the dumpling skin.
Be careful biting
into them.

There are more sub-
stantial side dishes
as well - noodles,
clay pot items,
sauteed vegetables
and so on, most
priced well under
Y1000. The dining
room is huge, with
some big communal
tables, smaller
tables in the front
windows, and addi-
tional small tables
in a back dining
room. Some of the
erotic artwork deco-
rating the dining
rooms is a bit un-
usual for a restau-
rant - perhaps not
for the prudish,
although there's
certainly nothing
racier than what
you'd find at a
Japanese fertility

Lunches (11am-3pm)
start at Y735, with
free (self-service)
refills for rice,
dessert and drinks.
Various party and
banquet menus are
available, and two-
hour open bar ser-
vice is Y1500. Most
of the menu is in
English, Chinese and
Japanese. Chinese
Cafe Eight also has
a branch in Ontario,
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Minato-ku, Nishi-
Azabu 3-2-13, Court
Annex 2F. [on TV-
Asahi-dori, across
from Grand Hyatt]
Open 24 hours a
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