This is China’s new deep sea-themed restaurant where fine dining dishes are being delivered by robot sea turtles laying eggs into giant clams.
Caretta Land, in Shanghai’s Super Brand Mall in East China, serves guests a fusion of western and eastern cuisine.
It is the first of its kind in the country to deliver meals using drones modelled on sea turtles.
The business’s name appears to be a reference to Caretta caretta, the Latin name given to the endangered loggerhead sea turtle.
Images from the high-tech restaurant show customers ordering off iPads before the robot turtles whiz around beneath the glass floor, stopping at food delivery lifts shaped like a giant clam.
The sea turtles lay ‘eggs’ containing customers’ meals, which are lifted to table height and ready for collection from their shell, restaurant COO Xu Jin explains.
Mr Xu said the restaurant has 18 turtle robots, each of which follows a predetermined path beneath the transparent floor.
But the deep-sea experience goes beyond sea turtles and shells, as diners seated inside a cave-like space are treated to other sea-themed services including a large screen playing videos of the moving sea.
Specially made desserts in the form of starfish and sea turtle-shaped ice cream are also available.
Plans for a second Caretta Land in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province in East China, are already in the works, Mr Xu revealed.
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