Tag Archives: Restaurants

Robo-burger

Imagine your ultimate burger. A succulent, handcrafted patty? Yes! Lovingly topped with all the extras? Of course! But wait. Now, thanks to San Francisco-based Momentum Machines, you can enjoy a burger created by robots – in the world’s first ‘no chefs’ restaurant.

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Brite idea

It’s an old joke – if you can’t pay your dinner bill, you’ll end up in the kitchen washing dishes.
But no one really does that, right? Wrong.

Brazilian cleaning products company ‘Scotch-Brite’ was struggling to connect with younger consumers. They weren’t interested in trialling their sponges in stores, so Scotch-Brite decided on a different approach – inviting them to a restaurant, where they could enjoy a free meal in exchange for washing up afterwards.

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Levi’s uniform

Levi’s has partnered with San Francisco’s acclaimed Saison restaurant to create functional workwear for its staff. The restaurant shares the pioneering spirit of the Levi’s brand with its unique open-kitchen environment and innovative approach.

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Metabo

In Japan, “metabo” means overweight – a hot phrase that has helped usher in a wave of new heath plans and diets. Tanita Shokudo is a new Tokyo restaurant tapping into this trend. Run by health device manufacturer Tanita Corp, the restaurant is both a healthy eatery and a place to pick up free nutritional and dietary advice.

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Go halfsies

Halfsies is a new programme that puts unfinished restaurant meals to good use, combating obesity and waste at the same time.

Participating restaurants pick certain meals from their menu to include in the program. When the patron chooses to “go halfsies” on the dish, they get a half-portion of the meal while still paying full price. 90% of the proceeds are then donated to support the fight against hunger with the remaining 10% funding Halfsies’ own operations.

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McFrance

As the second largest market for McDonalds in the world, France was an appropriate choice for a store redesign rollout. The chain is keen to return to its roots and rebrand itself as a family restaurant, as opposed to the teen hangout it has become.

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McWedding

McDonald’s has opened its doors as a wedding venue in Hong Kong.

While the notion of getting married at McDonald’s would turn off most people in the West, Hong Kong is a different story. A McDonald’s wedding wouldn’t be considered tacky, as many Hongkongers view the restaurant with nostalgic fondness.

In a country where the average wedding service costs $29,200 USD, and the average monthly household income is roughly only $2,250, the fast food chain’s parties, starting at $1,280, offer super sized savings.

Via. http://www.springwise.com/lifestyle_leisure/mcdonaldswedding/

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Anti-restaurant

Chef Frank Hannon, alumnus of The River Café and Moro, has launched a Friday night takeout service for east London foodies. Orders are taken via text and email at the start of the week. On Friday, he cooks a casserole-style dish featuring the week’s best seasonal produce and delivers them on the evening. Customers only have to heat it up to enjoy a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of their own home.

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Strap in before you tuck in

August in Edinburgh is always a feast of culture, comedy, theatre and more but now they’re making mealtimes a real event too.

Over in the pop-up Sky Gardens, diners are strapped in to one of the 22 seats, before the whole table is hoisted 100 feet into the air. The sitting lasts for half an hour, giving people long enough to tuck in and enjoy the views of the castle and the city skyline.

Ref http://www.festivalinthesky.com/

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Random acts of surprise

Located inside Japan’s Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha, the Ogori cafe looks innocuous enough, but there’s a surprise in store. In a nutshell, you don’t get what you ordered; you get what the person before you ordered, and the person after you gets what you ordered. Thus, if you’re in on the game, you can choose to lavish the next customer with delicious treats or try your luck at being cheap. Either way, it’s an interesting experiment that explores surprise, kindness and encourages strangers to strike up conversation.

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