The high-tech world of catering equipment often ends at the kitchen pass, but a restaurant in Chinese city Harbin has shown that the dining room could become just as profitable in the future.
The restaurant has worked with the Harbin Haohai Robot Company to create a family of robots capable of preparing and serving its menu.
A total of 18 robots, costing around £20,000 each to design and build, have been deployed. The entire restaurant system reportedly cost close to £500,000.
They are capable of taking charge of almost every job in the kitchen and dining room, including greeting diners with a cheery Hello.
Other specialist robots are designed to cook and serve noodles and dumplings. They can run for around five hours between battery charges, and navigate the restaurant on electronic tracks, but a team of engineers is required behind the scenes to ensure they don’t run off the rails.