December 23, 2003
Bathroom Book

Ladies room with orchids. Tung Fat, Yokohama
Cleanliness: 8 - apparently frequently tidied
Scent: 6 - Completely neutral
Decor: 9 - fresh flowers and elegant marble
Fixtures: 6 - nothing extraordinary
Consumables: 5 - average paper; lotion(?) in an unlabeled plastic bottle
OVERALL: 6.8 - clean and nicely decorated, but not a place you’ll linger.

My sister and I became restaurant bathroom connoisseurs during the interminable duration between our last bite of dessert and our parents’ last cigarette.

During fortnightly dinners out, Jenn and I would escape Mom & Dad’s chitchat and examine the fixtures, cleanliness, industrial-grade toilet paper and bottled scents of the ladies’ room. Each bathroom received a rating. Sometimes we took notes, sometimes we merely reported back to the dinner table. We vowed that one day, we’d write a book.

Exactly when this began, I’m not sure. I suspect my mother innocently asked “How was the bathroom?”. For an 8 and 11 year old, that would have been enough. All I can say is thank goodness we didn’t have a camera or the book would be a reality full of entries like the one above.

Posted by kuri at December 23, 2003 10:24 AM


Bathrooms - I love checking out bathrooms!! I guess it started as a kid too.

During our family trek around Europe in the mid 1970’s in a campervan (like a small Winnebego - sp?) it was always my job to run in and check the bathrooms at various hotels and camp sites to determine if it was an acceptable place for us to stop.

Also, when travelling through China it is essential to know where all of the 5star hotels are in order to run in and use their facilities. For anybody who has been travelling in China they would understand the need for this as the public toilets leave quite a bit to be desired.

my fave bathrooms are the ones with chaise’s…

Posted by: Tracey on December 23, 2003 06:54 PM

Glad to see that you’ve kept up the bathroom rating tradition. What is the 3D art behind the orchids?

Posted by: Fran on December 23, 2003 11:00 PM

The art is a gilded wood carving in Chinese style (Tung Fat’s a great dim sum place in Chinatown). I think it was sort of “garden of eden” inspired, though. I’ll have to take a closer look next time I’m there.

Posted by: Kristen on December 23, 2003 11:34 PM
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