Part of the pleasure of going out for dinner is trying new and exciting foods you’d never cook at home. That’s why it’s so frustrating to get the wrong order after spending so much time waiting to be seated and served.
Surprisingly, that’s exactly what draws people to “The Restaurant of Order Mistakes” in Tokyo’s Toyosu district. You see, this restaurant exclusively hires waiters with dementia, meaning that you’re likely to get the wrong order.
The premise of the pop-up restaurant is to give people a better understanding of dementia patients and how to view them as functioning members of society. It’s also a fun way to celebrate human mistakes.
It’s a highly enjoyable experience too: Food blogger Mizuho Kudo recalls a friendly atmosphere with plenty of smiling waiters.
Sure, she received gyoza dumplings instead of the hamburger she ordered, but that’s all part of the restaurant’s charm. Best of all, she says, was the unexpectedly delicious food she received by mistake.
Maggie’s Tokyo, an international member of UK’s Maggie’s Centres, is one of the initiators of the pop-up restaurant. After a successful trial from June 2 – June 4, 2017, the restaurant is planning to open up for another pop-up event on September 21st for World Alzheimer’s Day.