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This Restaurant Makes Pandemic Dining Look Amazing

If this is the future of dining, then...it looks pretty good.
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ILLUSTRATOR Bacs Arcebal
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We've all seen the memes: restaurant tables split up by clear acrylic boxes, robots replacing humans on the floor. Heck, there's even a photo of a restaurant for one, which was essentially a lone table and chair set atop a hill.

As the world settles into a new normal, enterprises have become much more innovative in adapting to public life with minimal to zero contact. The restaurant industry, one of the hardest hit by the precautions, has been tiptoeing through modifications, including shifting to delivery and pick-up, creating do-it-yourself kits, and planning for rigid disinfection measures. It all seems very clinical at this point, but one restaurant has proven that beautiful things can come out of the situation.

No, really. One restaurant in Amsterdam has re-modified itself into a stunning, coronavirus-safe eatery. It's called Mediamatic Eten. Originally, its location by the waterside was maximized by floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a glass roof. The greenhouse design, which worked well with the restaurant's promotion of vegan cuisine, pushed itself to the edge of the water, creating the illusion that you're dining above water. 

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How Mediamatic Eten used to look

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Because of the effects of COVID-19, Mediamatic Eten is currently closed, but it has used this time to alter its look. Instead of one big greenhouse, it's come up with a handful of greenhouse cottages, still right by the water's edge. Each tiny greenhouse can fit two to three people, allowing room for social distancing and offering minimal contact between servers and customers. Truly an admirable combination of form and function.

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According to the Dutch Review, the government has yet to approve this revised design for operation. However, Mediamatic Eten has already begun taking reservations and pre-orders for late May and June, which are refundable pending the government's decision.  

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Sasha Lim Uy
Managing Editor, EsquireMag.ph
Sasha eats to live and lives to eat. For five years, she handled SPOT.ph's food section and edited the last two installments of its Top 10 Food books. She also recently participated at the Madrid Fusion Manila as curator.
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