Restaurants with Weird Yet Unique Concepts
Posted On December 28, 2017
Restaurant business has become very competitive. People are choosing it as place for the celebration of any occasion in one hand and on the other hand restaurateurs are offering unique experiences to their customers by offering something different than the regular ones. There are restaurants built differently and are liked by the people. Some have difference in their architecture, design, seating arrangements, food presentation, customer types and many other things. Restaurants are evolving according to the new and different taste of the young generation.
Many times the selection of hotel or restaurant type for any occasion influences the perception of people & gives differentiated meaning to the occasion. Traditional restaurants customize themselves in such a way that they present the sign of culture, customs, and generation. Contemporary theme parties organized in hotels and restaurants give a special meaning to the occasion. Nowadays, theme based restaurants with great architecture are able to attract people and they become the reasons for people to visit for meal or occasion. But, the major important factor of restaurant business remains the food served in the any types of restaurants. So, the restaurateurs are focusing to offer good, unique palatable food in their differently built restaurants so that they can attract more people to their sites.
Here we are presenting some of the restaurants across the globe which offers their uniqueness along with the food they serve.
"Cat Flower Garden", worlds the first cat café opened in Taipei in 1998& soon became a tourist destination, attracting tourists from Japan and other countries. But, the concept blossomed in Japan, starting from "Neko no Jikan",meaning "Cat's Time" in Osaka in 2004, then "Neko no mise" meaning Shop of Cats in Tokyo in 2005 & reaching to nearly 80 by 2010. The concept became popular in Japan for the reason that Japan's land size and population limits its people to live in small apartments or condominiums which do not allow pets. Cat cafés are popular destination for people looking for the companionship. The staffs are watchful to ensure the cats are treated respectfully by the customers & also offer complimentary dried cat food to enable guests to attract the cats to be friendly. Now there are Cat Cafes in many places like Singapore, Thailand, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, UK, Canada, US, etc.
Fortezza Medicea, Italy
This may be one of the world’s most difficult reservations to secure. It requires a thorough background check and the "OK" from Italy’s Department of Justice. That’s because most chefs, waiters, and sommeliers are serving 25 to life. Launched in 2006 in a 500-year-old prison outside Pisa, Fortezza Medicea in Volterra is a kind of social experiment: can a restaurant staffed by some of Italy’s most hardened criminals provide viable job training? Guests find out by shuffling into a massive room filled with plain benches, where guards (not maitre d’s) survey the crowd.
Devil Island Prison, China
Large steel structure at the entrance, the inside doors and windows of steel bars, metal floors, the servers dressed in black and white striped uniforms as inmates, the security personnel are dressed as prison guards& more over the foods are also served on typical prison trays. The restaurant offers a different experience, but is not for those who enjoy homely settings to dine in. Upon entering the restaurant, customers become prisoners, they are photographed, fingerprinted, and optionally handcuffed. Don't expect a beautiful decorated table to dine in, after all you're still in prison so you will dine in a simple metal table. Food in the contrary, for decoration purposes, actually looks ice prison food but tastes absolutely amazing. The owner of the Devil Island restaurants in China reportedly wanted to scare people away from a life of crime by showing them just how rough prison life can be- through a jail-themed restaurant.
Dubai: Almost everything at the restaurant is sculpted out of ice. Diners will sit on ice benches or chairs, eat at ice tables, out of ice plates, drink from ice glasses served from a bar made of ice.Chillout, the ice lounge is Dubai-based Sharaf Group’s enterprise with technical inputs from Canada-based Iceculture Inc. Chillout Lounge is an interesting combination of ice, glass & steel. The diffused lighting changes its colors at certain intervals and it filters through crystal clear blocks of ice, filling them with low-lux hues of varying patterns, making the moment freeze in its ambience.
Finland: Snowman World is located in Santa Claus Village, approximately 8 km north of Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland offers the world’s only ice restaurant located exactly on the Arctic Circle. Incredibly beautiful ice sculptures, exciting details and a menu created from local ingredients add to an unforgettable experience. The booking to Ice Restaurant would be for Wednesday and Saturday evenings whereas during Christmas and New Year’s Special Season Ice Restaurant opens every day.
London: Icebar London is the UK’s only permanent icebar, made of natural river ice sourced from northern Sweden, 200km above the Arctic Circle. The Icebar transforms every year with all new ice sculptures and cool cocktails served in our famous ice glasses. It requires tickets for an entry in this bar which is valid for 40 minute session including gloves & a designer thermal cape to keep guests warm, plus a personal ice glass with choice of cocktail.
Maldives: Ithaa boasts the title of the world's first all-glass undersea restaurant, located 16 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean between a lagoon & coral reef at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel. Ithaa serves caviar and Maldivian lobster-just a couple of the menu items to be enjoyed while taking in the 180-degree panoramic views of the water above you. Ithaa has only 12 seats and can be reached by a wooden walkway from the nearby over-water Sunset Grill. The five-million-dollar restaurant serves a four-course contemporary fusion Maldivian menu. Ithaa can be booked for a private breakfast, weddings or other special occasions and is also open for mid-morning cocktails.
From your over-water villa, head underwater to the aptly named Sea at Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives. The mirrored interior reflects the surrounding Indian Ocean sea life as you dine on European cuisine and take suggestions from the sommelier. The Sea restaurant sits on the ocean floor and offers guests 360° views of local marine life from the edge of the reef, which is also one of the best scuba diving spots in the area.
The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus feature a varied spread of dishes from around the world with a focus on seafood dishes at lunch. Highlights include a Wagyu Beef Wellington, poached lobster medallion and red mullet filet wrapped in a lobster carpaccio.
Dubai: The floor-to-ceiling aquarium inside Al Mahara is exactly the underwater dining experience you’d expect from a restaurant within Dubai’s luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel. Al Mahara, which translates to “the oyster shell,” offers a menu well suited for the restaurant’s ambiance, including poached tsarskaya oysters and sea salt–crusted sea bass. Al Mahara has plush private dining rooms catering for large groups and is equally suited to couples looking for an intimate, gourmet dinner in aquatic surroundings.
A380 In-Flight Kitchen, Taiwan
The diner decor cost about USD 209,000& it looks exactly like the Airbus A380, billed as the most spacious passenger aircraft in the world, began flying commercially in October 2007. People who experience meal in airplanes but does not want to go through security and paying expensive may visit the A380 In-Flight Kitchen in Taipei. The restaurant resembles the inside of a plane, with faux oval-shaped windows, baggage compartments and speckled blue seats complete with headrests. Waitresses dress like flight attendants, and “passengers” have much more than just chicken or fish to choose from.
Toilet Restaurant, Taiwan
Marton Theme Restaurant in Kaohsiung,has toilet concept for their unique restaurant. They decorate the room and the chairs that created just like toilets. Tables created to look like bathtubs, and food will be served on plates and bowls that designed like toilet seats too. Customers love their delicious food combined with the toilet design make special sensation.
Dinner in a Hospital
Taiwan: D.S. Music Restaurant in Taipei, which in no way hints at what’s actually inside. Wait staff dressed in nurse uniforms push you to your table in wheelchairs, where your drinks are served from an IV-like contraption hanging from the ceiling. The ‘nurses’ ask trivia questions, and if you get them right, you’re rewarded with shots of a tasty drink squirted into your mouth with a syringe. It only gets a stranger from there. Once you’re done eating, a female staff member in a deranged ballerina costume dances on your table.
Singapore: A high-end concept restaurant Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, where food is operated on under surgical lights and diners are seated in wheelchairs. Here food takes the form of weird science experiments: foams, liquid nitrogen, even an ultrasonic mixing technique used to create unique emulsions& is called molecular gastronomy. Simulating a hospital, chefs “operate” on gourmet oddities in an open demo kitchen under the glow of operating room lights. The entire 13-course menu is served on stainless steel surgical tables to diners seated in gleaming gold-plated wheelchairs.
Dining in The Dark
China: Beijing's dining in the Dark Restaurant rooms are designed so black and so dark that incoming visitors will be guide to the table by waiters that equipped with night view binoculars. Visitors can only smell and taste the food by eating them in the dark.
Canada: Dining in the dark was introduced in Canada in 2006, with the opening of O.NOIR in Montreal and then a second location in Toronto in 2009. O.NOIR's philosophy is that a diner’s enjoyment is amplified when his sight is eliminated as the other senses become heightened. The evening starts in a lit bar where guests place their orders; then they are led by a server into an unlit dining room, where a two-hour seated dinner service begins with servers explaining where everything is placed on the table.
United Kingdom: Dans Le Noirin London’s Clerken well makes up to60 diners eat meal & can give rough instructions to the server in a blackened room. The waiters here are blind. It’s meant to completely revolutionize your sense of taste. Dans Le Noir is a series of worldwide restaurants (Paris, Barceolna, London, St. Petersburg, and Nairobi) that offers the chance to dine blind.
Tombs Restaurant, India
This weird restaurant is famous with the menu such as milk-tea, bread rolls and the tombs between the tables. Located in Ahmedabad, the restaurant owner claimed to have open this restaurant for 40 years hereditary, but never know who are buried beneath these graves.
Redwoods Treehouse, New Zealand
Built inside a real redwood tree in Warkworth, Redwoods Treehouse offers guests a very unique dinner experience. Diners enter the treehouse by way of an elevated treetop walkway that leads to a cocoon-shaped pod structure that is situated about 32 feet up the redwood tree. The restaurant can accommodate up to 30 seated guests, and is available for private hire—guests hosting events.
Dinner in the Sky, France, Belgium, Dubai
At Dinner in the Sky, diners are strapped into chairs, rose to the height of 165 feet in the air and served meals like ham salad and sauteed prawns that are cooked in a small oven in the center of the structure. Dinner in the sky at Paris, Brussels, and Dubai offers 22 seat-belted guests a chance to dine at a seven-ton table attached to a crane. It takes approximately two hours to set up, one hour to break down. Each guest must reach a minimum height of five feet to dine in the sky and the whole set up should be lowered if any diner wants to use the restroom-it only takes a minute to lower.
Condom Restaurant, Thailand
Cabbages and condoms is the name of this restaurant. There are many types of condom display on the wall, carpet and painting too. After paying the bill, visitors will be given condoms at the cashier. The profit of this restaurant used to support a foundation called Population and Community Development Association (PDA).
De Kas, The Netherlands
An old greenhouse in Amsterdam that was due to be demolished in 2001, but was saved by an ambitious Michelin star chef, Gert Jan Hageman, who converted the unique twenty six foot high glass building into a restaurant and nursery. A restaurant where the menu selections are prepared using the freshest possible ingredients, and by freshest, it means harvested in the field at sunrise of the same day of dining. Mediterranean vegetables, herbs and edible flowers are grown and harvested at the greenhouse and garden near the restaurant. Hageman can be found in De Kas’ nursery daily, working the soil, planting, weeding and harvesting herbs and vegetables.
According to a cursory scan of reviews on t’interweb, there are plenty of sound gastronomic reasons to visit fish restaurant Isdaan should you ever be down Philippines way. And yet, the reason for its inclusion here is that in an antechamber, diners can smash plates, mugs and even TVs before settling down to some scrumptious seafood. Violence and cracking food: a win win.
The Exchange Bar & Grill, US
A ticker showing current drink prices runs behind the bar of The Exchange Bar & Grill in New York City. The Exchange is stock market–themed, with prices for food and beverages fluctuating like stock prices according to demand.
Nude Restaurants, UK, Spain, France & Germany
London, The Bunyadi: Named after a Hindi term meaning “fundamental” “base” or “natural”, the Bunyadi, world’s first nude restaurant is the brain child of Sebastian Lyall. Diners are asked to check in their phones at the door before they are led to a changing room to get into nothing but a bathrobe. They are then taken to their table where they can dine in the buff, separated from other diners by bamboo partitions. “The idea is to experience true liberation. The use of natural bamboo partitions and candlelight has enabled to us to make the restaurant discreet.” explains Lyall.
Spain, Innato: It is the first naked restaurant opened inspired by pop-up nude eatery, the Bunyadi in London. It employs staff to serve up an “aphrodisiac menu” there by offering diners to eat some gourmet libido-boosting food while completely in the buff. The restaurant booked every one of its 46,000 places within weeks - and had a waiting list of thousands. At Innato, staff will strip-off and display the culinary delights on their bodies - with just vine leaves or cloths to keep their modesty.
France, O’Naturel: Paris has recently opened the city’s first restaurant for diners who prefer to consume their food in the nude. O’naturel, opened on 2nd Nov 2017 in the city’s 12th arrondissement, though it’s located on an unassuming block away from the neighborhood’s trendy restaurants. Guests at the 40-seat eatery will reportedly be instructed to disrobe in a coat-check room before being brought to their tables. There, they’ll dine on fine French fare including duck foie gras and escargot. The waiters and kitchen staff, meanwhile, will reportedly keep their clothes on for hygienic reasons.
Berlin, Black Cat restaurant: A free pop-up restaurant where guests pop off their clothes to dine naked - and completely nude waitresses serve the dinner. The new nude eaterie proved a rip-off-your-clothes and brought a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘hot food ‘. Meals were free to naked customers. Local celebrities joined in when it launched for one week in July 2016 only as part of the erotic ‘Venus’ festival.
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