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Fantastic Chinese Soup Dumplings in Ebisu, Tokyo

Tokyo-based chain Jin Din Rou serves fantastic Chinese soup dumplings (Xiaolongbao, or shoronpo in Japanese).

The 13 Jin Din Rou restaurants are “soup dumpling cafes”, each with a chic interior only surpassed by their delicious food. 3 are near Ebisu station in Tokyo. They’ve got another 10, including Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Odaiba, Kawasaki, and even Taipei.

I’m told the owner used to work at the famous Din Tai Fung in Taipei.

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Here we’re featuring the “Jin Din Rou Bar” in Ebisu. Alongside their signature soup dumplings, they blend Chinese and Italian cuisine. This makes for some interesting dishes.

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The Deal for Lunch

Their weekday lunch deal is 1,000 Yen and on weekends it’s 1,200 Yen. For lunch you get an antipasto, soup dumplings, and a main dish.

On weekends for the antipasto you can choose:

  • Steamed chicken salad with sesame seed dressing
  • Smoked pork salad with Caesar dressing
  • Marinated octopus salad (below)

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The Soup Dumplings

The xiaolongbao soup dumplings are the star of the show but the main dishes are also excellent. They’re also quite unique.

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The money shot

The Main Dishes

3 of their main dishes are pictured below, in order of appearance:

  • Dandanmen Noodles (pronounced “tantanmen” in Japanese)
  • Cheese Mapo (spicy chili sauce) Rice Bowl
  • Harami (Tender Cut) Steak Rice Bowl

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Mapo flavors with Cheese – East Meets West

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Again, this place is excellent. Lunch comes with a lot of food, and not just amazing soup dumplings.

Address: 4-9-5 Ebisu Shibuya Tokyo (東京都 渋谷区 恵比寿 4-9-5 / 1F)
Train Station: Ebisu (Yamanote, Hibiya, Saikyo, Shonan Shinjuku Lines)
Shop Hours: Weekdays: 11:30〜15:00 / 17:30〜24:00 // Saturdays: 12:00〜23:00 / Sundays: 12:00〜22:00 

More Info: Tabelog Link // Homepage (Japanese)

Here are the Tabelog links for their other 2 Ebisu cafes: Ebisu Flagship, Ebisu “Hanare”

Here are some of their other cafes in the Tokyo area: Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Odaiba, Kawasaki

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