The Galeries Victoria 500 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000
'The new installation of the ipad ordering system makes everything so much easier when it comes to browsing around the menu and also when it comes to splitting bills with your mates.'
Level 1, 76 Ultimo Rd
Haymarket, NSW 2000
'Each table comes with an iPad where you can browse through the menu and place your order. It's so convenient and super easy to use!'
Shop 2, 38-42 Bridge Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
'The touch screen allows you to see what you've ordered, how much it is and whether it has finished cooking... I actually like this idea because i find it more efficient, rather than having to wave down the waiter/waitress to get attention.'
Level 2 Suntower, 591 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
'The popular touch screen ordering method is used and allows for efficiency and a bit of amusement. And lets be honest here, I'm all for it because I get my food quicker!'
400 Bridge Road,
Richmond, 3121 VIC
'Maedaya is my absolute favourite! They have this super cool ipad ordering system which takes away the hassle of trying to flag down a waiter when busy and allows me to just order food, food and more food'
294 Bridge Road
Richmond 3121 VIC
Modern Japanese Cafe Bar
Shop 201 Mid City Arcade
200 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000 VIC
'Although some may enjoy being served by a waiter, there are times when eating out when you only want to be left on your own. Wagaya is the perfect place that caters for that kind of service. Of course, if you needed someone, all you need to do is call for service on the ordering screen and someone will be with you shortly. Too easy.'
Level 1, TCB centre, 315 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
'The touch screen ordering system is really efficient and a lot of fun. It is pretty easy to go crazy and order a sh*tload of dishes, but you can always check on your balance to see how much you have ordered.'
24 Activity Crescent,
Molendinar QLD 4214
We have just opened on 30th January. The most of items from our website (www.ichibajunction.com.au) are in the shop. There are many attractive ones from Japan. Please visit us to relax and enjoy shopping with free daily coffee or tea.
35 Rotherham Street,
Kangaroo Point QLD 4169
'One of the first things to catch your eye is the handy I-pad placed on every table that acts as your server. All you have to do is scroll through the menu and tap your way straight into the chef's ear.' Rhea R. G.@weekendnotes
Shop 25, 522 Port Rd,
Welland 5007 SA
'Every visit I've experienced the place has always been quite busy, especially during lunch hour so expect a bit of a line up! Inside you can be seated on a booth where a touchscreen allows you to order off the menu or sit by the belt to take your pick.'
THERE'S not a notepad to be seen at Wagaya restaurant in Haymarket. At this epitome of the computer age, reservations are made by SMS and diners use touch-screens to order everything from sashimi to cocktails.
Each table in the large modern-Japanese restaurant has its own screen, recessed into the wall at eye level. With the touch of a finger, diners scroll through menu options divided into categories including entrees and salads, grilled, sushi and sashimi, rice and noodles, and alcoholic drinks.
If something looks appealing, touch it and a more detailed picture and description pop up. Touch the "Order now" tab and the request is sent to the kitchen where a team of chefs starts cooking. Within minutes the dish is at the table, so diners can eat while deciding what else to try.
If it sounds complicated, Wagaya spokeswoman Junko Yajima says even the least tech-savvy patrons have no problems.
"The touch panel is obviously a very new thing to have in a restaurant, so we were worried customers would complain about it being too technological but so far no one has had any problems at all," she says. "They jump in straight away and are clicking like crazy, ordering away. I think because computers and the internet are so popular these days, this sort of technology in restaurants is really just the next step."
Diners seem to think so. The 200-seat restaurant is booked out most nights.
On Good Living's visit people queue up the stairs and those without a booking are turned away. At every table, diners huddle around the screens laughing and fighting over who does the touching. Next to us, a man tells his teenage daughter: "You can do the entrees, your brother can do hot pots, mum can take care of drinks and I'm doing the rest because I'm paying."
Paper menus for Luddites are left untouched at every table.
Our first choice is the home-made gyoza. On the screen they look delectable and they arrive hot and juicy, three minutes after we order. Next is udon soup and tempura, which is over-battered but tasty. Grilled wagyu beef skewers, crispy tonkatsu and scallop and garlic fried rice follow.
The touch screens are efficient, easy to use and fun but the novelty is intoxicating and low prices (dishes are $5 to $12) make it easy to get carried away and order too much food.