16 Apr '13, 5am
Since when? I always do it and survive - Singaporeans unwilling to share tables during meals
The Hong Kong culture of sharing tables with strangers - or what is colloquially known there as 'daap toi' - will be familiar to those who have travelled there before. With high rental costs, eateries in Hong Kong usually have a small capacity, so customers share tables to save time spent queueing, reported My Paper. However, there isn't a similar culture in Singapore. Regardless of eating locations, customers will usually choose to wait for an empty table even if there are available seats. Recently, a restaurant at Changi City Point set up a table arrangement to encourage customers to sit together with other people they don't know and chat with each other. One of the restaurant's owners, Huang Wen Jing, 37, told My Paper that she was attracted by the 'daap toi' culture when she visited Hong Kong. So when she opened Table Manners, she hoped to share the spirit of 'daap toi...