Some people go to a restaurant because the food tastes terrific, but if you’ve been watching any of those design makeover reality shows on TV, you’ll know that it’s more than just the cuisine. You have to set up the mood too if you want your customers to keep on coming back. These restaurants take it to the extreme.
Most of them are so interesting, they’re bordering on strange. If you’re a big fan of both good architecture and good food, these restaurants are definitely a must-see.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in Maldives
Welcome to the first underwater restaurant in the world. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s aquarium-style restaurant sits 16 feet under the Indian Ocean’s surface just between a coral reef and a lagoon.
There are only about a dozen seats in the restaurants, and if you’re lucky enough to get a reservation, you’ll be dining with the fishes. You can bask in all that blue as the tables are surrounded by an arched, clear, acrylic ceiling which can give you 180º view of the sea.
Diners can reach the restaurant through a wooden walkway from an over-the-water Sunset Grill. This restaurant cost $5 million to build and served its diners a four-course Maldivian fusion menu. The food is definitely worth the visit as those live sea creatures envy everything that’s put on your plate.
Among the ones you should try are the crab tower served with thin ciabatta and a swirl of truffle mayonnaise. The Maldivian chili and banana mascarpone which is plated with cream and crushed basil is also worth trying.
Here is a nice video of Ithaa
The Clinic in Singapore
Unless you’re actually afraid of hospitals, lunch or dinner at the clinic in Singapore should prove to be a very interesting eating experience. Here, the food takes the shape of science experiments. A food critic called it a “molecular gastronomy” as chefs and waiters dressed up as hospital attendants serve you food made from the restaurants open-demo kitchen. To top it all off, this demo is illuminated by operating lights.
The menu is interesting, to say the least. Among the yummiest concoctions in its 13-course list include the Dashi soup which with has soba noodles made from olive oil. The noodles are “self forming” produced by squirting olive oil on a bowl of hot liquid.
The food will be served to you on a surgical table, and you’ll be sitting on a gold-plated wheelchair while you dine here. If the experience isn’t too bizarre for your taste, you’ll probably come back and bring friends just for the fun of it. The place probably has full bookings during Halloween.
‘s Baggers in Germany
That was not a typo, and what we’re going to feature is an actual restaurant as well. Here, we’re introducing the first ever automated restaurant in the world. We’re talking about ‘s Baggers owned by Michael Mack. This restaurant owner probably got tired of hiring waiters, or he listened to his past customers and designed one which is free from surly waiters and waitresses.
This restaurant is located in the outskirts of Nuremberg, Bavaria, and while the food is still cooked by humans, orders are taken my touch screen monitors on the table and served by gravity. Yes, gravity. All over the restaurants are spiral conveyer belts which deliver the food to hungry customers once they’re done. Talk about efficient.
You won’t get bored, either, because these touch screen menus are connected to the internet. The restaurant lets customers check their emails and SMS through the machine while they’re waiting for their food. Mack has already claimed the patent for this automated system. It won’t come as a surprise if more and more restaurants use the same serving system.
The best dish in the house is Frankische Kanneloni. These are pancakes which are stuffed with kraut and mincemeat. This restaurant is not so odd as it is impressive.
Take a peek inside the resto through this video.
Have Dinner in the Sky in Dubai, Paris and Brussels
In this century, people can fine dine anywhere they choose. If the under-the-sea restaurant wasn’t odd enough for you, now you can also have Dinner in the Sky. This restaurant has branches over Dubai, Paris and Brussels. Here, up to 22 seat-belted diners can have their meals on a seven-ton table which hangs by a crane. The table hovers 165-feet above the city. This is not a very good idea if you happen to be afraid of heights.
It’s also not ideal if you don’t have enough money. To reserve for the restaurant, you need to pay $30,000 for eight hours. This includes the two hours it takes just to set up, one hour to prepare before the lift, and only about a minute to lower the table if anyone needs to go to the bathroom. It’s just a bother, though, because if one person needs to go to the loo, the entire table needs to descend with him/her.
All meals for this experience will be catered privately. You will also enjoy this video about this dining experience.
Modern Toilet Restaurant in Taipei
If you grew up in the West, you probably won’t understand how any restaurant which has such a deep association with the loo can possible be a staggering success. As odd as it is, the Modern Toilet Restaurant in Taipei fetched quite a lot of customers. This restaurant is run and owned by 27-year-old Eric Wang. The seats are actually toilet seats (with the lid on, of course) and the glass tables have tubs under them.
Noodles in this joint are served on a steaming, pink toilet bowl, and they also have a bidet full of soft-serve choco ice cream. What’s even more bizarre is that the concept was so successful that Taipei has a chain of these toilet restaurants, now. The bathroom décor goes well beyond the tables and chairs. You’ll also find neon faucets and urinal lamps.
If you’re thinking of dining here, prepare around $10 for lunch which includes soup, a full meal, and dessert. Their best dish is the curry hot pot. If you like the experience, you can also sign up for their frequent-flusher program. This lets you reserve your own toilet seat just in case you plan to eat here regularly.
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