History of Fast Food

It is believed that fast food originated during the ancient Roman times where cooked meals were available instantly during games and festivals. Fast food gained prominence after Merriam-Webster dictionary recognized it in the year 1951. In some countries like India, the fast food industry is exploding and growing at the rate of 41 percent each year.

Fast food is one that is available readily and served to the customers through a fast service. The culture started essentially as an urban phenomenon to meet the needs of busy people. The concept of fast food is very old, but it became modernized and professional after the end of the Second World War.

Some popular food outlets:

White Castle
It is one of the oldest food chains in the U.S. It was started by Billy Ingram in the year 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. The company has the reputation of being the first one to sell a billion burgers.

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
It is popularly known as KFC throughout the world. It was founded by Harland Sanders in 1930 as a single outlet. Today it has worldwide presence. KFC is better known for its fried chicken and it boasts of a recipe that is very confidential.

7- Eleven
It is another popular food outlet in the U.S with around 7,100 outlets. It sells ice blocks to refrigerated foods.

McDonald’s
Started as a drive-in restaurant in the U.S., it has its outlets spread across all the continents. The founding fathers were Dick and Mac McDonalds. It sells food items ranging from hamburgers, milk, coffee, soft drinks, French fries and milkshakes. It has 31,000 outlets globally in 126 countries and the business revenue is 13 billion per year.

Citygate Hong Kong Outlet

Citygate Outlets is probably one of Hong Kong’s most famous shopping destinations. The mall is discount heaven, as a wide variety of stores have opened factory outlets alongside each other here. Any shopper visiting Hong Kong must spend at least a day here to eat, be pampered and of course, to shop, shop, shop.

Luxury For Less

Popular designer labels that have outlet stores at Citygate Outlets Hong Kong include Bally, Burberry, Calvin Klein Jeans, Club 21, Tommy Hilfiger and Vivienne Tam. Polo Ralph Lauren has also recently opened a well-sized and stocked outlet here store.

The pieces on sale generally include dresses, bags and accessories. They are usually off-season and discounts range from 30% to 50%, depending on the item and how ‘off-season’ it is. As with most outlet stores, sizes can run out quite quickly, so prepare to be disappointed if you have a common shoe size.

Several stores, including Guess and Crocs, offer discounts as high as 70%.

You can also find Adidas, Puma and Timberland outlet stores here, which offer significant reductions of up to 60%.

If you need a new suitcase to bring back everything you’ve bought in Hong Kong, take a look at the Samsonite outlet store, which sells backpacks and luggage at 30% below regular prices.

Food

Hungry shoppers will be pleased to know that Citygate Outlets also has a wide variety of food outlets, including a McDonald’s and foodrepublic food court. More adventurous foodies can try Vietnamese food at Deli Viet Vietnamese and Southern European and Mediterranean food at Olea.

If you’re looking to bring a taste of Hong Kong back home, stop by the supermarket in the basement, which sells every imaginable item, including Chinese long-boiled soup in microwaveable packs.

More than a Mall

Citygate Outlets might be known for its shopping, but most patrons don’t know that the mall’s more than just a regular mall. It boasts a spa, a multi-screen cinema and Asia’s largest outdoor kinetic fountain.

The spa, by MTM, is definitely a highlight for tired shoppers looking for a relaxing end to a day. Using aromatherapy, it promises a rejuvenating experience for all.

Transport and Accommodation

Citygate Outlets Hong Kong are conveniently located within just ten minutes of the international airport, which makes it a perfect first stop for tourists entering the city.

The nearest major hotel would be Hotel Novotel Hong Kong Citygate, which is literally at the doorstep of Citygate Outlets Hong Kong. Room rates generally start from S$200 per night.

It is also easily accessible from other parts of the city by MTR – commuters simply need to alight at Tung Chung MTR station and take Exit C.

Food and Beverage

Food and beverage service is the service of food made in the kitchen and drinks prepared in the bar to the customers (guests) at the food & beverage premises, which can be restaurants, bars, hotels, airlines, cruise ships, trains, companies, schools, colleges, hospitals, prisons, takeaway, etc.

Food & beverage outlets are divided in to the following categories:

1. Restaurants: Restaurants are places where Food & Drink is served.

There are various types of Restaurants:

All Day Dining Restaurants: They are sometimes called Coffee Shops or Cafes in Hotels. They are usually big in size with many Covers (seats), compared to other Restaurants in the same Hotel. The main reason why they are called All Day Dining Restaurants is because of their hours of operation, as they are open for Breakfast in the Morning to Lunch in the afternoon to Dinner in the Evening.

Fine Dining Restaurants: Fine Dining Restaurants are characterized by their elaborate and exclusive menu with special emphasis on the very high quality food they serve. The emphasis being on fresh ingredients and natural flavors or on the type of Cuisine served, or both. Usually the operation of this restaurant revolves around the Head Chef or Chef De Cuisine of this Outlet.

Specialty Restaurants: These are Restaurants which usually have a type of National or Regional Character or Cuisine attached to them, for example: Italian Specialty Restaurant, Chinese Specialty Restaurant etc. In some Hotels they do also sometimes have Multi Cuisine Specialty Restaurant, which literally means that Restaurant serves cuisine from more than one country, or the dishes on the Menu at that Restaurant has Food Specialties from many different countries.

2. Lounge: Lounges can be found in different hotels. Their main purpose is to offer Food & Drinks in relaxed surroundings with comfortable and cozy seating in relaxed surroundings. There are many kinds of Lounges ranging from a Lounge in a Lobby, Cocktail Lounge and Cigar Lounge to Executive and Club Lounge in special Floors.

3. Bar: Bar is a place where drinks are served. There is usually a small Snacks Menu too. The service is fast and quick. There are various kinds of Bars ranging from Formal bars to Club Bars, Pubs, Pool Bars, Wine Bars, Cocktail Bars, Beach Bar to Juice Bars and many more.

4. Discotheque/Nightclub: They are outlets where Music and Entertainment takes priority with the Food & Drink. The operation is very fast and the guest numbers are large. Security is an important aspect in these operations. Music and entertainment can range from DJ to live bands playing.

5.Room Service/In Room Dining: Room Service, also known as In Room Dining.It is the service of Food & Drink in Guest Rooms in a Hotel or a Resort. Depending on the size and type of Hotel or Resort its functions vary.

6. Meeting and Conference Rooms: Meeting and Conference rooms together with Ball Rooms come under the Banquets & Conference section. They are a great source of Revenue in Food & Beverage Department usually in Corporate and City Hotels. MICE (Meetings, Incentives, and Conferences & Exhibitions) can alone bring much revenue in some hotels in comparison to other outlets in Hotel.

7. Ball Rooms: These are large Function Rooms which are primarily used for Functions and Weddings. The Staffing ration of Full Time Staff in this section is very less as the Function and Wedding Business can sometimes be seasonal and extra staff is usually filled in by the use of Casual Staff. This Section is the most Dynamic section in Food & Beverage with the Conference Section, which is more physically demanding and creatively oriented.

8. Delicatessen: Delicatessen or Deli traditionally had been a place where fresh meat and other produce were available. Hotels nowadays use this concept of having a Deli on their premises, where guests can buy fresh produce ranging from Freshly Baked Bread, Cold Meat, Fresh Salads, Cakes, Home Made Ice creams and light and healthy drinks.