London, Apr 9 : A new restaurant in Germany has freed diners from the shackles of disdainful service and hefty tips - by providing waiter-less service.
People coming to 'S Baggers in the southern town of Nuremberg can order food from a touch screen. Following this, the dishes and drinks are sent flying helter-skelter style from a kitchen in the roof.
The eatery has caused such a sensation since it opened that its owner says it is now booked out for weeks in advance.
"On weekends we are booked out five times a day," Telegraph quoted owner and inventor Michael Mack, as saying. "People have a lot of fun, it's a real event," he added.
The tables in the eatery are fitted with touch screen computers which customers use to send orders directly to a kitchen installed above them, underneath the restaurant's roof.
There, human chefs whip up the order before placing the finished dish on an ingenious rail system, which uses the power of gravity to guide the order unerringly to the customer who placed it.
Mack said he first came up with idea 10 years ago while rushing to and from his kitchen while serving guests at a dinner party.
He has now patented the system and fielded interest from abroad, as well as the world's biggest fast food chains.
But he insisted that the restaurant was not a glorified fast-food joint, and said customers could use their screens to inspect the organic ingredients in every meal, or even send emails or text messages.