Sometimes eating out can get a bit boring, the same old boring tables and chairs, human waiters. How dull. If you’re looking for something a little more interesting, maybe you should try one of these:
Hospitalis, Riga, Latvia
You could be forgiven for heading here if you were unwell, but you’ll find that you’ve stumbled into a hospital themed restaurant. Waitresses dressed as nurses will serve drink to you in flasks more at home in a laboratory and food on dishes native to operating theatres; the barmen look like mad scientists, and you can even be spoon fed your meal whilst being tied up in a straight-jacket.
Greenhouse, Amsterdam, Netherlands
In 2001 the greenhouse at the Amsterdam Municipal Nursery, dating back to 1926, was converted into a restaurant by Michelin Star chef Gert Jan Hageman. It has a large greenhouse for growing tropical produce, and a field near Amsterdam ensures that only the freshest herbs, vegetables and edible flowers make it to the dining table.
Dark Restaurant, Beijing, China
Your meal is served to you by waiters wearing night vision goggles, and you’re not allowed to use your phone as they don’t allow ANY light in here. It’s a bit of a mystery trying to work out what you’re eating, and stumbling your way to the toilets may be challenge.
Modern Toilet, Taipei, Taiwan
It would certainly appear less sterile than Hospitalis, but this is probably one of the more niche dining experiences you’ll have. You sit at your table on a toilet bowl, curry is served to you in a mini version of your seat and you’ll be served food that looks like it should belong in the restaurant’s “facilities.” Speaking of which, you might want to make sure you’re not going to ruin somebody’s lunch when you go to relieve yourself.
Dinner in the Sky, all over the world
Originating in Belgium, this is a phenomenon that took-off, as it were, a couple of years ago. A table which seats eight people, costing £850 per head, you’re strapped into a chair and the whole shebang is hoisted 50 metres into the air by a giant crane. Presumably you’d maybe want to check the weather forecast before you book, and the price doesn’t include your meal.
Kaybukia Tavern, Tokyo, Japan
This is your typical restaurant in Tokyo serving local cuisine – apart from the fact that the waiters are a couple of Macaque monkeys called Yat-chan and Fuku-chan. I wonder what they’ll accept as a tip?
Dalu Robot Restaurant, Jinan, China
Those of a science fiction persuasion will love this. Opened in 2010, it is a restaurant staffed entirely by robots. The faithful servants circulate around the restaurant pushing trolleys of food and drink. They stop moving when a sensor pick-up that their path is blocked by a customer, who can then choose something to eat.
El Diablo, Lanzarote
If you were struggling to define what might constitute an extreme barbeque, this is it. On top of the Islote de Hilario volcano, the restaurant itself is perched over a well of lava. That should be enough cooking power to last them, well, forever.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, North Male Atoll, Maldives
This is a truly unique experience, fine dining in the world’s first all glass undersea restaurant. 16-feet below sea level, you’ll get 180-degree views of the marine life this spectacular environment has to offer while sipping champagne and eating the finest Western fusion cuisine. After long flights to Male, Rangali Island where the restaurant is situated, is just a 30-minute ride away in a sea plane. To eat here is almost the only reason you need to go!
Kalin Tavern, Obrezje, Slovenia
Nothing like sparking an international incident to keep your dinner exciting. 180-years-old and renowned for its roast pork, one half of the Kalin Tavern is in Croatia and the other half is in Slovenia – with separate doors into each half. This wouldn’t be a problem in many places apart from the fact that only Slovenia is in the EU. Stumble out the wrong door and Croatian border control might want a chat.
Have you eaten in any of these restaurants? Or maybe there’s an even stranger dining experience I’ve not mentioned? Tell me about it in the comments below!