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Mooki’s Two Month Anniversary

Howzit Chinas,

Yesterday marked Mooki’s two month anniversary. That’s just eight weeks, Chinas; eight short little weeks with so much happening.  We have made so many new friends in that short little time frame that it hardly seems possible.

So let’s get on with the latest news! Kenko is back from Merry old England on Friday; apparently she was a little late for the end of season all-you-can-grab night sales, so alas she was unable to pick up the flat screen and Ipad I asked her to get for me. I may let her return to work anyway. Maybe.

Ono (our nom-nom and snacky snack chef) has left us (this one’s for real, folks) to pursue a career as a pastry chef at some hotel or another. According to her, Wontons and Spring rolls do NOT constitute pastries for some reason I can’t quite fathom. We wish her well…but not TOO well; she has deserted us after all. Just to be clear, we at Mooki do not harbour grudges. Nope, that’s not our style at all. We may occasionally haul them into a dry dock, give them a thick coat of lacquer and reserve them for redeployment at an appropriate future date of our choosing, though. It’s not really the same thing, so we feel good about it. We will miss you Ono. Or to be more accurate we will be watching you. We don’t like the word Stalking, so let’s just agree to disagree on that one.

Filling her Crocks will be our most Faithful and long serving staff member Bob (AKA Square pants, Bobtastic, Bobra Cadabra, Prometheus and Bob, Super Bob etc.), who has been with me since the very beginning. On day three of construction of Mooki, London (Judd’s faithful Car Guard) brought Bob over to help me as a general labourer while I built all the tables and the Bar and all the other bits and pieces that turn an empty shell into a restaurant. Five months later Bob has moved up the ladder through cleaner and prep chef to trainee chef. Well done Bob.

The other fantastic bit of news is the Tokyo Go Go exhibition happening on the 20th. We are so super amped for this it’s almost pornographic! (our excitement…… not the exhibition……although we probably wouldn’t say no to a bit of Spanky Spanky. I think I’m getting side tracked here.) This is going to be Uber awesome and we are inviting you Chinas to pop in and have a look. It begins at 6:30 and we will be serving the aforementioned Snacky Snacks and Nom Noms as well as our almost-famous  Chocolate Chilli Sake shots for Mahala. This exhibition is so far up our alley that it’s postman walks right by us to get to it.

One last thing. I promise. Well, maybe two. Our new lunch menu is in full swing, so go check it out as soon as you finish reading this. We are delivering during the day in a two block radius, so give us a Tinkle. Also, we need you Chinas to start sending in your Haikus from your offices. The funniest submission will be rewarded with (you guessed it) Snacky snacks and Nom noms for your office.

Shot Chinas,

Domo Arigato,

Mr Roboto.

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Howzit Chinas

Howzit Chinas,
It is with great sadness that I am announcing that we are going to say good bye to Kenko. That’s right, our faithful waitress has been lured to distant shores by recent events on the news depicting late night affirmative shopping in Sunny England. The prospect of all-you-can-grab electronics and consumer goods has got her chomping at the bit to be a part of the new face of today’s youth subculture. Who can blame her? She has a penchant for hoodies anyway and is a speed texter, so it was inevitable that she would take her talents to the next level. We support her decision and wish her well; we at Mooki will not stand in the way of our staff trying to better themselves and carve a new and exciting future for themselves.  Also, we never really liked her much anyway. Just Kidding. But seriously, she is a bit creepy. Love you Kenko.
Actually she’s only going for three weeks, so don’t worry. I probably shouldn’t have said that stuff about her being creepy, then…………
Anyhoo, we are looking for a new team member to fill in for three weeks and then go on to a brilliant carreer as a part-timer. If you are an aspiring Kenko-type-person or know a Kenko-type-person, then drop us a mail with a brief description of your special talents and your latest Mug Shot (Black and White or Colour, we don’t discriminate here) and rap sheet. You can even apply if you have absolutely no criminal past.
We have been working on the menu over the last two weeks and have a good few new specials you can check out in our “Specials” section, so go have a squizz and get your salivate on. Most notably at the moment is our Linefish which is “Pickhandle Barracuda” which is on absolutely no lists anywhere. It doesn’t even have a facebook page. It’s so “Green” it’s virtually a Leprechaun. Seriously it is Uber Fresh and is going to sell out FAST, so get your Ass down here pronto. We will be extending our menu slightly in the near future to include some of the specials we have been running, so we will keep you posted on that front.
Anne Stevens’ photographer was here last Friday to take some pics as she will apparently be coming in to crit us sometime soon. So for those of you who were inconvenienced by him hanging around trying to get some photos, please accept my humbest appologies. I am not convinced that I want to be reviewed by her to be completely honest, it is the opinion of you (our loyal and beloved friends) that matters to us, not a food critic who will in all probability never eat here again anyway.
My old waitering buddy, Juddy is soon to be a Pappy!! Congratulations Judd and Jeanie!! You can follow Judd’s letters to Jag (potential name for the future little one) on his Blog. Good on you guys, we’re very glad for you.
Shot Chinas, love you long time.
Dōmo arigatō,
Mr Roboto.

A Post from the Friendly Robot

Howzit Chinas,
The last three weeks have been frikkin’ awesome for us @ Mooki, and the response from our fellow Glenwoodians (Glenwoodites?) and new BBF’s has been overwhelming to say the least. Big love to everyone who has supported us and been so positive about what we are doing here. Durban’s blogging community has been very kind to us and spread the word like peanut butter on toast.
We have settled into our routine now, and just to clarify for those of you who are not sure yet, our official hours at the moment are from 11am to 9pm from Monday to Saturday. We are closed on Sundays as it is apparently still illegal to work people to death. I checked, and it is……in case you were wondering. A few people have asked why we close at 9, and the simple answer is that we have neighbours upstairs from us and we want them to love us, so we don’t  want to keep them up past thier beddy-bye time. nobody likes a grumpy pants neighbour.
We will, however, be closed this Tuesday for Women’s Day. I quite like women, in fact my wife is one, so Charisse and I decided to give my almost exclusively Girlie staff the day off. To further celebrate the day, we will be handing out free shots of chocolate-chilli-sake to all ladies dining with us on Monday night. Hell, in keeping with the spirit of things South East Asian, we will give you one (shooter, that is…) if you are a guy and just look a little bit soft or have Moobs or if you are secretly wearing your girlfriends underwear. We won’t even require you to prove it. That’s just how we roll.
There are a few new specials on the go, so have a look at our specials page regularly to keep up to date. The most notable is the Frozen Goji Berry and Lemon Yoghurt with the aforementioned Chocolate-Chilli-Sake shot. Goji Berries are supposed to be better for you than religion and yoga combined and have a zillion antioxidants in them. Yoghurt is good for your tummy. Chocolate and Chiili both pump your body full of endorphins (not to be confused with dolphins) and make you feel happy about life in general. The sake is just there to loosen your Goose a little. Honk Honk.
We will be launching the “Konichiwa Klan” soon, so get ready. Basically we are going to ask you guys to submit your funniest Haiku (Japanese style of poetry, look it up) on the blog, and then get everyone else to vote on which is their favourite each month. The winner will get a yet-to-be-determined prize which will probably be awesome as well as an official “Konichiwa Klan” T shirt designed by our very own friendly neighbourhood Ewok. We are still working on the logistics of this, so we will get back to you when we figure it out.
If you haven’t been to Mooki yet, then you really should do it soon.
Love you long time,
Domo Oregato,
Mr Roboto.

Domo Oregato, Mr Roboto

Howzit Chinas,
The last three weeks have been frikkin’ awesome for us @ Mooki, and the response from our fellow Glenwoodians (Glenwoodites?) and new BBF’s has been overwhelming to say the least. Big love to everyone who has supported us and been so positive about what we are doing here. Durban’s blogging community has been very kind to us and spread the word like peanut butter on toast.
We have settled into our routine now, and just to clarify for those of you who are not sure yet, our official hours at the moment are from 11am to 9pm from Monday to Saturday. We are closed on Sundays as it is apparently still illegal to work people to death. I checked, and it is……in case you were wondering. A few people have asked why we close at 9, and the simple answer is that we have neighbours upstairs from us and we want them to love us, so we don’t  want to keep them up past thier beddy-bye time. nobody likes a grumpy pants neighbour.
We will, however, be closed this Tuesday for Women’s Day. I quite like women, in fact my wife is one, so Charisse and I decided to give my almost exclusively Girlie staff the day off. To further celebrate the day, we will be handing out free shots of chocolate-chilli-sake to all ladies dining with us on Monday night. Hell, in keeping with the spirit of things South East Asian, we will give you one (shooter, that is…) if you are a guy and just look a little bit soft or have Moobs or if you are secretly wearing your girlfriends underwear. We won’t even require you to prove it. That’s just how we roll.
There are a few new specials on the go, so have a look at our specials page regularly to keep up to date. The most notable is the Frozen Goji Berry and Lemon Yoghurt with the aforementioned Chocolate-Chilli-Sake shot. Goji Berries are supposed to be better for you than religion and yoga combined and have a zillion antioxidants in them. Yoghurt is good for your tummy. Chocolate and Chiili both pump your body full of endorphins (not to be confused with dolphins) and make you feel happy about life in general. The sake is just there to loosen your Goose a little. Honk Honk.
We will be launching the “Konichiwa Klan” soon, so get ready. Basically we are going to ask you guys to submit your funniest Haiku (Japanese style of poetry, look it up) on the blog, and then get everyone else to vote on which is their favourite each month. The winner will get a yet-to-be-determined prize which will probably be awesome as well as an official “Konichiwa Klan” T shirt designed by our very own friendly neighbourhood Ewok. We are still working on the logistics of this, so we will get back to you when we figure it out.
If you haven’t been to Mooki yet, then you really should do it soon.
Love you long time,
Domo Oregato,
Mr Roboto.

Domo Arigato Paul!

Mr. Roboto” is a song written by Dennis DeYoung and performed by the band Styx on their 1983 concept album Kilroy Was Here. In Canada, where they were always more popular than in their native U.S., it went to #1 on the RPM national singles chart,[1] becoming their third single to top the charts in that country (following “Babe” in 1979-80 and “The Best of Times” in 1981).[2][3] In the U.S., it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving the band their first notable hit there since “Too Much Time on My Hands” in 1981. Mr. Roboto is one of Styx’s most popular songs. It was also released as a 45 RPM single, with the song “Snowblind” (from their previous album Paradise Theatre) as the B-side.

The song’s chorus features the line, “Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto”, which has become a catchphrase.

The Japanese lyrics at the beginning of the song are as follows:

どうもありがとうミスターロボット (dōmo arigatō misutā Robotto)
また会う日まで (mata au hi made)
どうもありがとうミスターロボット (dōmo arigatō misutā Robotto)
秘密を知りたい (himitsu wo shiritai)

The lyrics translate into English as follows:

Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto
Until the day (we) meet again
Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto
I want to know your secret

The song tells part of the fictitious story of Robert Orin Charles Kilroy (ROCK), in the rock opera Kilroy Was Here. The song is performed by Kilroy (as played by keyboardist Dennis DeYoung), a rock and roll performer who was placed in a futuristic prison for “rock and roll misfits” by the anti-rock-and-roll group the Majority for Musical Morality (MMM) and its founder Dr. Everett Righteous (played by guitarist James Young). The Roboto is a model of robot which does menial jobs in the prison. Kilroy escapes the prison by overpowering a Roboto prison guard and hiding inside its emptied-out metal shell. When Jonathan Chance finally meets Kilroy, at the very end of the song, Kilroy unmasks and says, I’m Kilroy! Kilroy!, ending the song.

The robot-like catchphrase was created with a vocoder. The song heavily features the Oberheim OB-Xa and PPG Wave synthesizers.

Stan Winston designed the Roboto costume and mask, which is displayed prominently on the cover of the album Kilroy Was Here. The track was released as the first single from the album at the last minute instead of “Don’t Let It End” at the request of A&M Records.

If you are curious to why we are blogging about such a shite song, ask the owner of Mooki who sometimes goes by the name “Mr Robotto”

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