Robowaiter won't take side-orders

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 July, 2006, 12:00am

Do you fancy being served by a robot in a restaurant? Although it sounds like something that could only happen in movies or cartoons, Hong Kong's first robot restaurant has now opened in Tseung Kwan O.

The western-style dining place features three robots, with a 'waiter' taking orders, a 'worker' bringing the food and an 'entertainer' dancing around.

But the procedure for ordering your meal in front of a robot is not that simple. First you have to read the code for the dishes you want, such as DC01 for a pizza, then the robot waiter will repeat the order and you have say 'yes' to reconfirm. Although the robot waiter is not smart enough to take special requests, such as tea with no milk, it will say 'thank you' at the end no matter how bad a mood it's in.

LoDown just wonders how long it will take to get an order completed. And I still prefer a 'normal' waiter to serve my meals. At least I can have proper face-to-face communication, which is already lacking in this modern world.