With 300-plus items, HK park will have most varied menu Visitors to Hong Kong Disneyland will be able to choose from more than 300 dishes at its restaurants, the widest variety of food at any of the company's parks. At peak times, the restaurants will be able to serve between 7,000 and 10,000 meals an hour. But instead of hamburgers and French fries, the menu will feature dumplings, sushi, Sichuan dan dan noodles and Kashmiri chicken curry. There will be five self-service restaurants and three table-service outlets with a total of 2,900 seats. The theme park is also in talks with Octopus Card to offer the convenient form of payment. Klaus Mager, Hong Kong Disneyland's director of food and beverage, said: 'In America, we are selling millions of hamburgers but here we are being more creative in terms of variety and taste because Hong Kong people are so sophisticated on food.' He said there would be 'speed cooking' in open kitchens at the self-service restaurants. Each will serve a combination of Asian and western cuisine, with the Chinese dishes originating from the northwest and southeast. A total of 1,500 people will be employed in food operations when the park opens late next year or early in 2006, with more than 400 chefs. The park's group managing director, Don Robinson, said he was concerned that not enough children would visit Hong Kong Disneyland as records showed that only 12 per cent of mainlanders who came to Hong Kong last year brought their children. The figure was about the same in 2002 despite efforts by the Tourism Board to promote family travel. 'Mainland parents are not used to taking their children out of schools. Tokyo Disneyland faced the same challenge. We will organise more field trips [for the children] and education seminars [inside the park] to make sure Disneyland will be filled throughout the week,' he said.