Guess what? It was Dad who recommended Nihon Mura for a family dinner. Having dined with Mum once, being a Jap foodie fan, he suggested dinner at this nondescript hideout at The Cathay.
The restaurant has a similar concept to Marche, except that Nihon Mura does not issue cards for customers to scan during order. Instead, this is how it works:
1) Choose your preferred dining table. Take the bamboo holder tagged your table number from the table.
2) “Shop” around the food gallery. Decide on what you’d like to have. E.g. Nabeyaki Udon
3) At the “stall front”, there are bamboo holders filled with ice cream sticks and food pictures pasted on each bamboo holder. Take the ice cream stick from the Nabeyaki Udon bamboo holder.
4) Repeat step 3 at the other “stalls” and once your friends/family members who share the same dining table are done with their choice of food, proceed to the cashier with the bamboo holder tagged with the table number. Make payment.
Then, wait for your food to be served!
So it WAS literally like a supermarket-style kinda dining experience, where you happily pick the stuff you want and put them into the trolley (in this case, the bamboo holder with the table number) and exit at the cashier, proceed to wait for your food to be served thereafter. Here’s a sneak peak on what 6 of us had that night:
We struggled to finish the food although there were 6 of us – we had a movie to catch and were running late! That said, this new dining style has taught us a lesson: Always check with each other what they’ll be ordering. To avoid repeats or over-ordering. hahaha…