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Ching Ching Cha
This serene tea house is one of the best escapes in the city.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 16, 2006
Ching Ching Cha
Address: 1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-333-8288
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Cuisines: Pan-Asian, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Spicy peanuts; steamed dumplings; salmon with miso-mustard; steamed kale.
Price Details: Appetizers $1.50 to $4.25; entrées $11; teas $4 to $20.

From June 2006 Cheap Eats

The great pleasure of teahouses is the prospect of escape from the noise and bustle of life. It's a testament to the transportive power of this one that you're likely to forget you were near the corner of M and Wisconsin when you walked through the door.

Plush red pillows on the floor encourage shoeless, lotus-style sitting--there are also tables--while the tinkling music and skylight create a mood of serenity. Somehow, the place never devolves into New Age kitsch.

Lunch is the time to go, when lingering over a cup of tea seems as good an answer as any to your worldly cares. The menu provides pithy descriptions of the 48 varieties, which range in flavor from the floral to the resiny to the hauntingly smoky. It's probably best to think of the small dishes available as snacks meant to complement slow sipping. Begin with a bowl of spicy peanuts or any of three varieties of steamed dumpling, including a peppery, Mongolian-style lamb tucked within a hearty, northern-Chinese-style wrapper. Then move on to an elegant little plate of salmon--two succulent, steamed filets with a miso-mustard drizzle--and a bowl of lightly steamed kale that retains its vivid green color and its crunch. The great prices--nothing on the menu tops $11--induce a serenity all their own.
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