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GreenApple Feb 27, 2007 11:19 AM

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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    MikeR Feb 27, 2007 11:23 AM

    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>

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      GreenApple Feb 27, 2007 11:40 AM

      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
        MikeR Feb 27, 2007 02:17 PM

        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.

      2. James G Feb 27, 2007 11:50 AM

        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?

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          dpan Feb 27, 2007 11:53 AM

          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
            lrebetsky0423 Apr 5, 2007 08:03 AM

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

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            Lori D Apr 5, 2007 01:11 PM

            Ching Ching Cha in Georgetown has seating on the floor, but, apparently, a limited menu.

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