Kid-friendly sushi in Cambridge

Cara Rubinsky asks:

Can anyone suggest a kid-friendly sushi place in/near Cambridge to take out-of-towners for lunch?

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Definite kid friendly...

I've gone to quite a few with my kids, but they're city kids who eat out at normal restaurants and generally know how to behave. I particularly recommend Thelonious Monkfish in Central, because they have a raised area where you take off your shoes and sit on cushions around a low table, and my kids at least find that particularly fun.

I don't get it either

What does kid-friendly mean? The expectation in our family is being quiet and remaining seated when in small spaces with other people, and on the rare occasions this isn't feasible, the child having a hard time is taken for a walk until it is, or meal is cut short. We're pretty much past the age where it's an issue now, but I just figured part of raising them was that you expect that sometimes you'll have to eat quickly or ask for it to go, or have another adult handy to take turns going for a walk. Other people who've paid for a meal shouldn't have to deal with people who think the world revolves around their kid.

As a third non-parent...

I would define it as "any place where my kids aren't expected to act like adults, but at the same time not forced to act like kids either".

As someone who grew up with a father that variably took the "children should be seen and not heard" line, I empathize with the sentiment.

Also, if you haven't brought them up on sushi-like dining already, sushi qualifies as one of the "EWWW" foods that kids would sooner play with than eat. Considering its price, finding a place that served sushi that kids were more likely to find palatable would be quite useful.

Non-parent

If you were a parent, maybe you'd know that kids have different tastes. My son loves sushi and has eaten it since he was in diapers (literally; that's not a pleasant change). It's sauces he can't abide. Any restaurant that has squirts and dollops of this and that all over the place really bothers him. Japanese food appeals to him for its simplicity. If we're out and about, a Japanese restaurant is always a top choice for us.

Deep breath.

I'm guessing that if these parents are looking to take their kids to a sushi restaurant then they are specially NOT the McDonald's drive thru-types who believe that children can't possible behave in and enjoy a restaurant without chicken nuggets and a colorful menu. Presumably they're looking for a place that's not going to break the bank or hit the ceiling in terms of formality and that maybe has some fun or intriguing element like the low tables or floating sushi or something. OK?