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Feb 27, 2007 11:19 AM

Chinese food while sitting on the floor...

I am looking for restaurants that follow the Cantonese traditions. I am ISO restaurants that have seating on cushions on the floor while dining. Are there any restaurants in the Washington DC or Baltimore area that still serve in this way?

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  1. I don't think I've ever heard of that custom, nor of any Chinese restaurants with that setup. There are a couple of Japanese restaurants with tatami rooms, but I suspect that's not the same thing.

    When I read the title of your message, I thought of suggesting Panda Express at the airport during a snowstorm. <g>

    1. My apologies because my English is not so good. I have seen two Chinese restaurants with this set-up in suburban Baltimore, but have not seen this in Washington D.C. Can you please recommend the tatami rooms in Washington DC? Thank you.

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      1. re: GreenApple

        Oh, your English is OK. I understood what you were asking. I was only kidding about the airport.

        I think Sushi Taro has tatami mats, though most Chowhounds wouldn't dream of eating anywhere but at the sushi bar, but they do have entrees like teriyakis, tempuras, and soups so there's an excuse to order something other than sushi. If it's still there (they come and go pretty fast) it's on 17th Street near P Street, just a bit east of Dupont Circle. It's been years since I've done the Japanese restaurants.

        The restaurant with tatami that I remember for sure, the first place back home I had Japanese food after spending six months there in 1970 was the Sakura Palace in Silver Spring, but that's closed. Most Japanese restaurants around here seem to be focused on sushi, and most people who are into sushi want to eat at the bar, not on the floor.

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        1. I have been in Guangdong many times, and have NEVER heard of sitting on cushions on the floor there. Are you sure you're not thinking of Japanese cooking?

          1. I'm Cantonese and I honestly have never seen any kind of Cantonese dining sitting on cushions on the floor.

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            1. re: dpan

              I know I'm late to the game on this one but Sushi King in Columbia has the tatami rooms.