These Are Not Your Normal Restaurants
Similar to marmite, restaurants with gimmicks aren’t for everyone. You’ll either love the experience of dining in an unusual restaurant, or you’ll hate it. For those of you who seek something a little different with your cuisine, we’ve curated a list of five of the most unique dining experiences around the globe. Be prepared for the unexpected.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Rangali Islands, Maldives
Imagine coming face to face with what you are about to eat. In this underwater restaurant in the Maldives, prepare to eat your fish whilst watching its peers swim right past your table. Located sixteen feet below sea level, the intimate restaurant seats only fourteen people and specialises, unsurprisingly, in seafood. Covered by a transparent plastic roof, diners can gaze at colourful tropical fish swimming through impossibly clear waters around and above them.
Dinner in the Sky, Global
Not for those with a fear of heights, diners at Dinner in the Sky are strapped into their chairs and hoisted 160 feet up in the air to eat their meal high above the ground. The structure is literally suspended from above by a crane, creating the illusion that you are hovering in mid-air. This concept has popped up in several cities across the globe, offering the perfect opportunity to admire the views whilst dining.
Quite often we judge food by its presentation before we even taste it. A small chain of American restaurants are challenging how we perceive food by literally turning off the lights. Your senses of taste and smell are heightened as you sit in the darkness, allowing you to taste meals in a completely new way as you are served by visually impaired waiters.
Modern Toilet, Taipei, Taiwan
If you’re at all squeamish or prudism, Modern Toilet perhaps wouldn’t be your restaurant of choice. Located in Taiwan, this quirky restaurant has proved so popular that the owner has opened up a string of similar establishments across Asia. Toilets hang from the walls, you sit on toilets to eat your meal, and instead of plates – you’ve guessed it – your food is served inside a faux toilet bowl.
Robot Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan
If you’re seeking the ultimate unusual dining experience, head to Tokyo for the ultimate in kitsch restaurants. Robot Restaurant perhaps isn’t one to take your children to, as these robots are a little sexier than your typical Transformers, but it’s great fun for anyone who loves video games or Japanese culture. Eat your meal surrounded by flashing neon lights, a flying plane, anime graphics and, of course, the infamous robot girls.
Emma Lavelle is a UK based writer and photographer and has her own blog Field and Nest.