We’ve all been at a restaurant and had the wrong dish brought to your table. It can be incredibly frustrating. Surprisingly, one restaurant is offering you this as a service.
The Restaurant of Order Mistakes (a clever spin on a book called The Restaurant of Many Orders) popped up in Tokyo’s Toyosu district and its mission was to hire waiters with dementia.
The basic premise of the pop-up restaurant, which went through a trial period from June 2nd – June 4th 2017, was that the staff who have dementia may very well get your order wrong. Sounds like a crazy business plan right? But if you go into the restaurant knowing this up front, it changes your perception about those who suffer from brain disease.
It’s an experience that makes you realise that dementia patients can be functioning members of society.
When food blogger Mizuho Kudo visited The Restaurant of Order Mistakes she had a really great experience. Originally ordering a hamburger, Mizuho ended up having gyoza dumplings instead, but everything turned out to be unexpectedly delicious. Kudo also stated that all the waiters were smiley, very friendly and approachable and appeared to be having a lot of fun.
Now that the trial period ahs concluded, one of the initiators of the pop-up restaurant, Maggie’s Tokyo (the Japanese version of UK’s Maggie’s Centres) are planning another pop-up event like this one in September to commemorate World Alzheimer’s Day which happens on September 21st.
Have a look at some of the photos below and let us know what you think in the comments. Would this be something you would like to try?