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Westerners Eating at Franchise Sushi Bars in Hong Kong

By Kei Lam (thetravelphilosophy.blogspot.hk)
Hong Kong is a capitalist city which demands high efficiency and maximized profits for business - Franchise sushi bars are no exception. Traditional sushi bars in Japan might be more old-fashioned and 'personal'; the ordering process involves only a menu, the customers and the staff (be it waiter/waitress or sushi chef.) But Hong Kong, as a highly commercialized city, offers something different.
If you have ever visited any sushi bars or restaurants in Hong Kong, you might be familiar with the sheets or forms, provided by the eating place, on which customers could place their order. They are designed for simplifying and shortening the ordering process as each table usually order - not one or two - dozens of sushis and Japanese small dishes. The menu is often accompanied these order forms so that you would know what you are ordering. This perhaps might not be a common practice in some of the Western countries; many asked for my help about what and how to order when they wondered why no one had brought them a menu and read them the special of the day.
A growing number of eating places are adopting such ordering forms in this decade in Hong Kong. Odd as it may seem, I could not recall any Hongkongers who were confused or had any troubles with them. It's almost as if one day we are telling the waiters what we'd like to order, the next day we are filling out the ordering forms without raising a single question.

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