At this new restaurant, food is served directly into your mouth by the waiting staff

You’re not allowed to use your hands

Updated on 04 June 2019 • Written By Eamonn Crowe

At this new restaurant, food is served directly into your mouth by the waiting staff

A new pop up restaurant is coming to the capital, where customers are not allowed to use their hands, and are instead fed their food and drink by servers.

The controversial concept is inspired by a restaurant called No Hands in Bangkok (which now appears to be permanently closed). Hands Off! will be popping up in Marylebone at Carousel restaurant, which is known for hosting a rotating schedule of chef residencies and foodie pop ups.

Dining at Hands Off! will mean that you (literally) won’t have to lift a finger, as the restaurant team will feed food directly into your mouth and bring a paper straw to your lips should you get thirsty. The pop up is launching in partnership with tastecard, the world's largest diners' club, while food is being taken care of by Feng Sushi.

The set menu will include dishes such as Nippon ‘mock’ duck – a Chinese pancake topped with cucumber, spring onion, caramelised tofu and hoisin sauce. Elsewhere, there will be vegetarian rolls and a salmon, tuna and Japanese omelette nigiri, while for dessert, diners will be treated to Mochi balls with flavours including chocolate and strawberry cheesecake.

The unusual concept is all for a good cause, with 100% of the proceeds from the pop up going to Mary’s Meals charity. Mary’s Meals provides a daily meal in a place of learning in order to attract chronically poor children into the classroom. Mary’s Meals feeds 1,425,013 children every school day in 18 countries across the globe, including Malawi, Haiti, Syria, Ecuador and Zimbabwe.

Hands Off! will open for a trial run from 11-14 June. Each sitting runs from 7-10pm and the Tasting Menu is priced at £20 per person. Bookings are open now via Eventbrite and 100% of proceeds from the pop up will go towards Mary’s Meals charity.

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