The deal works thusly: you pay 100rmb. You get a wristband. At regular (in theory) intervals, a large platter of various soft shell tacos is brought around. You pick out the taco(s) you want. You eat the tacos. Then you wait until the plate comes around again. Simple.
It starts at 5.30pm and goes until 10pm. Four and a half hours is 270 minutes, so that means to hit one hundred tacos, you'd have to eat one taco every 2 minutes and 42 seconds. Easy.
Unfortunately, the average wait-time between plates was 22 minutes and 59 seconds when I went. I had a stop watch and everything. During my first visit, and not wanting to be that asshole who hogs the buffet, I took one taco at a time. At that rate, it would've taken me 1 day, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds to eat 100 tacos. Consequently...
Tip 1: Take More Than One Taco At A Time
Two is very reasonable. Three is the maximum common decency could allow. Four is really pushing. Five is grounds for mob justice.
Tip 2: Sit Indoors
Closer to the kitchen means you're more likely to get early pickings at the plate. The staff are generally good about switching up their route, but closer to the kitchen means it's easier to detect when the plate's about ready, and really warm up those puppy eyes.
Tip 3: Come Early
Obviously. Seats fill up fast. Plus, you're more likely to get away with grabbing four tacos at a time when there're only two or three tables involved.
"Unlimited Tacos" obviously has a limit: the kitchen staff's endurance, cranking these babies out by the literal score, and the frequency of plate rounds. Gird yourself with a little patience and yeah, financially, it's definitely worth it.
Assuming serving times hold at 22 minutes and 59 seconds, and assuming you're a good citizen who takes no more than two each time, you'd manage 24.6 tacos. Grab three and it'd only take you three weeks to eat 100 tacos! And good tacos, to boot.
Downside? You'd have spent more than twelve hours of evenings on the corner of Fumin Lu and Donghu Lu.
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