Robotazia, the UK’s first sci-fi robot themed restaurant, has landed at 12th Street in Central Milton Keynes amid a wave of excitement. Celebrate:MK editor Jon Boyle took along his four-year-old son to try it out, and they found the whole experience out of this world.
As any parent will tell you, the toughest thing about going out for dinner with the kids is keeping them entertained.
Problem solved – just take them to the new Robotazia restaurant at 12th Street in Central MK for a byte to eat!
I took my boy along for dinner and I have genuinely never seen him so excited for such a prolonged period of time.
We spent nearly two hours immersed in a truly robotic dining experience, meeting friendly robot waiters and waitresses who delivered child-friendly food right to our table, as well as exploring the wide array of astounding robot creations scattered around the venue.
We did meet some humans too – the founders of the independent business Mark and Joy Gittens, and their son
Alfredo, who all work in the family-run restaurant.
Mark explained how the Robotazia concept began in late 2015 when he dedicated his life to developing and sourcing a unique collection for an extraordinary venue.
He spent more than four years building and creating sci-fi robots and props, while also seeking out unused, abandoned or forgotten robot props from exhibitions, shops, businesses and promotions to restore back to their original condition.
Most of the robots are artistic one-off creations, unlikely to be found anywhere else in the world.
The food menu at Robotazia is Caribbean, which Alredo explained is because his family are from Barbados.
I ordered slow cooked beef curry with rice, baked mixed vegetables and a pint of Goose Island IPA. I personally found that this dish tasted a bit plain, but I guess it lacked strong flavours and spices to ensure that children can eat it too.
I loved my ice-cold pint though and the futuristic way that Alfredo filled it from the bottom up, which was cool to watch and in keeping with the theatre of the whole venue.
My son enjoyed his chicken nuggets, chips and beans from the children’s menu and then we shared a delicious huge slice of chocolate cake for dessert, while I had a lovely latte too to round off the meal.
The question is not whether we will return to this restaurant, it is when we will return, as my son hasn’t stopped talking about it ever since. I have to admit that the big kid in me loved it too.
Overall, I’m nuts and bolts about Robotazia as the whole experience was out of this world. Just make sure you book in advance online as it’s already extremely popular.
For more information on Robotazia, or to book a table, visit http://www.robotazia.co.uk. The restaurant is located at 14 Savoy Crescent, 12th Street, MK9 3 PU.