Pandemic brings more robots into restaurants


  • AseanPlus News
  • Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020

Gearing up: A robot about to cook dishes at a robot-staffed restaurant in Hefei, capital of Anhui province, in this file pic. — Xinhua

GUANGZHOU: In Foodom Robot Restaurant in Foshan City, a line of robot chefs helped allay customers’ fears of Covid-19 infection.

After customers placed orders on their smartphones, the chefs were activated. With one arm performing stir-frying and another adding spices, a robot completed a home-style dish within minutes.

A robot then delivered the sizzling dish to the dining table. No human waiters intervened in the process.

The newfangled restaurant has proved popular among local foodies, even as lingering worries about coronavirus infections continued to impact the business of many restaurants and eateries.

Xie Lixian, manager of the restaurant, said getting a seat is not easy these days and reservations are often necessary.

During this year’s May Day holiday, the restaurant received more than 10,000 customers, with its three-day revenue topping 530,000 yuan (RM323,237).

The increasing demand for contact-less service during the Covid-19 pandemic has boosted the application of restaurant robots, which are already helping China’s labour-intensive catering industry tackle mounting labour costs and improve efficiency.

“The pandemic is accelerating automation in the catering industry.

“For restaurants, robots are becoming a necessity, instead of icing on the cake, ” said Bi Yalei,

secretary-general of the Shenzhen Robotics Association. — Xinhua

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