Food à la Belt

This past weekend I visited the Charbonnel et Walker chocolate cafe in Saks on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and my what an experience it was. Like any chocolate cafe, they serve a delectable range of goodies such as brownies, cakes, hot chocolate, and hand-made truffles. Here’s the kicker, though: there is no paper menu, and instead all the food streams by you on a conveyor belt whilst you sit at the bar. Here are some pictures I took:

{choco} Chocolate {choco} Chocolate 2{choco} Chocolate 3

This is a fairly common way to dine in sushi restaurants, both in Asia and throughout America, but it’s rare to see anything else strolling around on conveyor belts. Why is that? I don’t understand it, and here are three reasons I think conveyor belt dining needs to catch on:

  1. It’s quick — Sit down, grab your food, and start eating. No hassle, no fuss, just food.
  2. It’s better than using a menu — You can actually see your food before eating it, so you know what you’re getting.
  3. It’s fun — Grabbing food off of a conveyor belt makes me feel like I’m in an arcade in some weird way, and who doesn’t like arcades?

I hope I see conveyor belt dining take off after this post, because I do believe my influence has reached that level. Here are some pictures of sushi conveyor belt dining, which is what I’ve seen before:

Sushi 1 Sushi 3Sushi 2

If you’ve been to any restaurants other than a chocolate cafe or sushi that use conveyor belts, definitely leave a comment because I would love to hear about them.

One more piece of sweet media for you after the jump: an adorable video of why “revolving sushi” is awesome.

In reality, it’s just the music that’s adorable here, but see how fun conveyor belts can be?

Mark posted this on February 24, 2008 and is filed under Quips n' Tips.

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