Restaurants try e-menus

Updated: 2008-03-18 10:53

TEL AVIV - Enter the e-waiter.

Restaurants in Europe, the United States and Japan are testing technology to let diners order their food direct from a screen at their table instead of depending on a fellow human being to note their choice -- sometimes grumpily or erroneously.

A couple orders a meal via the screen at their table in the Frame restaurant in Tel Aviv in this picture taken February 21, 2008.[Agencies]

Besides cutting costs, companies that sell the "e-menu" argue the bytes-for-bites approach has a novelty value that can lure younger customers, and boost revenues as tantalizing photographs of succulent steaks and gooey desserts tempt diners to order more.

It also could extend the TV dinner. How about a computer-game dinner?

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