Eating out is good. There’s nothing sweeter than taking the other half out for an evening of candle-lit fine dining, being waited on hand and foot, and the ambiance of a bustling restaurant except the kids, of course. There’s always a family with kids. And the horrendous prices that require you to remortgage your home for a shot at a breadstick starter. And the constant noise that commands you utter sweet nothings at a volume you usually reserve for politely telling the neighbors to keep their cat off your garden. Forget going out.
Fish and chips and awful telly isn’t a bad evening. That is, of course, unless you’re going to take in a meal at one of the following fine establishments, where noise, children, and extortionate prices are going to be the least of your worries. Here are our wackiest, weirdest, and wild alternative restaurants from across the globe!
Dinner in the Sky
We’re going to start on a high then as the Brussels-based restaurant Dinner in the Sky isn’t so much a restaurant as it is a table, suspended 150 feet in the air by a crane, serving 22 people who are all sat around the table presumably too terrified to move an inch. There’ll be no leaning across the table to politely pass the salt here, as doing so could result in a fatal plummet to the floor, cutlery in tow. It’s mad, but also an oddly attractive proposition, supposing you could eat through the constant nosebleeds that are.
Probably one of the most well-known quirky restaurants around, Modern Toilet’s seating arrangements involve, you guessed it, toilets. In contrast, toilet rolls are nearby for use as napkins and food are served in miniature toilet bowls. Perhaps most suspicious of all though, the food is feces-shaped, and the drinks come in tiny urinals. While I don’t understand why any man would even visit this uncivilized pit of toilet-based deprivation of his own free will, let alone go in and order food to eat feces shaped ‘food,’ the restaurant is undoubtedly a hit in Taipei. Only the Taiwanese, eh?!
For some, darkness instigates panic. In a power cut, we’ll flail around wildly knocking over tall standing bookshelves and other furniture, trying to find a torch. Not in Beijing, though, oh no.
Over in China, they enjoy eating in it, or at least, they do in peculiar restaurant Pitch Black, where the lights are off, and the waiting staff have to wear night-vision goggles, which is a definite perk to the job, one that comes hand in hand with the risk of plate-related injury when you trip on a chair leg and send the dinner, not to mention yourself soaring across the room, presumably taking out a table or two, and causing widespread heart attacks through the restaurant. The idea is, the loss of sight heightens your ability to taste; and fall over!
Ithaa’s appeal lies chiefly in the beautiful curved glass ceiling that you eat beneath in style and luxury. Oh, and a flatfish might give you a jealous glance while floating by. Yes, this Maldives eatery is the first undersea restaurant in the world, one that amalgamates all the fun of the Sea Life Centre, with fine dining and food!
Remember the 50’s idea of a futuristic world? The clunky robot maids, the vast computers, the stark continued use of wristwatches? Well, somewhere in Hong Kong, that concept was never really dropped, even with the dawn of iPads, tablets, the cloud, and all those gadgetry innovations. Robot Kitchen employs a host of vaguely people-shaped robots who’ve dropped straight out of The Jetsons to prepare the food, race between tables taking orders, and deliver the meals as well.
With a specific robot made for each job, this still sounds like a recipe for disaster to me, especially if they’re running on any iteration of Windows. Would you eat anything made by Vista or Windows 98? Me either. That said, the novelty would be enough!
So there we have it, the weird, the wonderful, the downright foolish and the bafflingly questionable in restaurants around the world. Where would you wish to eat?? In the dark? Or at a dangerous, stomach-churning height!? Answers on a postcard please, or in the comment section below!