Cafe retracts ‘Nanny Meal’ advert after complaints

NETIZENS BOIL OVER::Internet pundits said that the restaurant showed discrimination against migrant caregivers and should rename the meal

Staff writer, with CNA

Wed, Mar 25, 2015 - Page 3

Diamond Cafe, a new restaurant in Taipei catering to families with children, sparked controversy on Monday over a picture advertising its “Nanny Meal” that it later withdrew.

The Nanny Meal, offered for NT$199, was targeted at foreign caregivers accompanying families for a meal at the upscale restaurant, with the meal’s Chinese name translating as “foreign-helper meal.”

The advertisement, which was posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, sparked ire online, with netizens accusing the restaurant of discriminating against migrant workers.

They also complained that the Nanny Meal was cheaper than a “Children’s Meal,” which was priced at NT$299.

“Is this an example of values we want to impart to our children?” one Internet commentator asked.

Others said that the restaurant should change the Nanny Meal name to something more appropriate.

Some netizens said households that hire domestic helpers should regard foreign workers as members of the family.

Others said that well-off families who can afford domestic help should provide decent meals to their foreign caregivers when the caregivers is required to work while the family eats out.

The restaurant issued an apology later on Monday for the name of the meal.

The meal, which does not include pork or lard, was designed to accommodate the dietary requirements of Muslim workers, Diamond Cafe said.

The restaurant said it would redesign its menu and remove the controversial label.