There are many hazards when going out to a restaurant. Will the food be clean? Will the venue live up to the expectations? Will the food be tasty? Will the service be pleasant and welcoming? So many worries over one dinner! What if you heard there was a venue that most probably had excellent food, but you probably won’t get the dish you ordered, and there’s no point in making a fuss about it?
A Social Experiment
And then there’s “The Restaurant of Order Mistakes”. Opening its gates in June 2017 for two days as a social experiment, The Restaurant of Order Mistakes hires only waiters with dementia. The experiment gave diners a unique experience. They knew in advance that the dishes they’ll order were not the ones they were going to receive. While in most restaurants some people would find it a reason for scene, diners were educated that dementia patients can be functioning members of society. The short trial period has now ended and was an immense success. Organizers are currently planning for another one in September to commemorate International Alzheimer’s Day, (September 21st).
Japanese food blogger Mizuho Kudo was one of the lucky Japanese to dine in The Restaurant of Order Mistakes. Despite having ordered a hamburger, she received dumplings. Still, according to Kudo’s blog, she had an excellent time and the food was delicious. Probably because while the waiting staff suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s the kitchen staff is highly professional.
The idea came from top TV executives and communication experts collaborating with Maggie’s Tokyo. Maggie’s is a English non-profit organization aiming to strengthen the physical and emotional well being of people with cancer and their families and friends. Maggie’s Tokyo is the second branch the non-profit opened, after previously starting operations in Hong Kong.