Firstly thanks to the reviewers below who advised about this place being a social enterprise employing staff with hearing impairment. This provided a decent idea of what to expect and on within one minute of being there, I completely get what this place is all about.
I was welcomed at the door by a gentlemen and then shown to a table by a waitress who offered me a menu. I then went to ask what was egg free / dairy free. The waitress then invited back the gentlemen from before who understood verbal English. I was suggested to have a tofu mushroom dish which I duly ordered. The waitress brought this over and I ploughed in. It was delicious.
The waitresses all seem to communicate with each other in sign language so things work slickly when they talk among themselves. With the guy who can understand English (and no doubt verbal Cantonese) to bridge communication over to the waitresses, the system works well. In its no different from having a team of waitresses with perfect hearing and having the guy who spoke English to bridge the comms gap for speaking English.
This place is the fruits of a fabulous idea that is clearly being inclusive and providing experience and skills to people. Its a terrific place as far as I am concerned and one I am more than happy to support. I'd also suggest to others to give it a try.
There's an assortment of different awards on the wall ranging from the Time Out good eating guide to a family friendliness award to an award re social enterprise, and others.
Updated from previous review on Saturday March 15, 2014