Meals on wheels
Grace M.W. Wong
Cyber-service has come to Hong Kong. Robot Kitchen, the city's first restaurant with robot waiters, was born when Joyce Fung Yik-yan took over an ordinary eatery intending to make it stand out. Three android assistants - Robot 1 (above), Robot 2 and Robot 3 - 'man' Fung's restaurant, which has become a runaway family dining success.
Robot 1 is the largest of the three cyber-staff and the main crowd pleaser, taking diners' orders in Cantonese. At present, Robot 2 only greets patrons, but it will soon be able to bring dishes to customers' tables. Robot 3 - the smallest of the trio - looks as if it has stepped out of a Japanese cartoon as it performs a series of acrobatic moves. Robot 4 is due in the kitchen this autumn and is expected to steal the show as the first robot chef.
Robot Kitchen's menu offers dishes such as 'robot protecting the Earth' (left; HK$58), pork ribs, mushrooms, sausage and honey gravy; 'robot energetic pizza' (HK$52), topped with spinach, bacon, prawns and mushrooms; and a choice of 'robot pastas' (HK$48). There are also Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian dishes and sets. The place gets busy in the early evening, so be prepared to queue to order from Robot 1.
Robot Kitchen is at shop G27, Park Central, 9 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, tel: 2623 2238; www.robot.com.hk. Robots 1 and 2 are on the floor daily from 7pm to 9pm; Robot 3 works normal business hours.