Food is serious business. Those who believe this will understand how important it is to keep finding new avenues to feed this interest, this passion. Fear not, there are several people who think alike and have worked hard to make sure that every foodie has something really and truly different to cherish. Let’s take a look at some of these truly innovative and unusual restaurants:
1.) 58 Tour Eiffel – Paris, France
58 Tour Eiffel is an award-winning restaurant located on the first level of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Diners enjoy a stunning view of the Champ de Mars, Les Invalides, Montparnasse Tower, Montmartre and surrounding cityscape of Paris. Fine French cuisine is prepared by chef Alain Soulard.
2.) Cross Cafe, Mumbai – Decor inspired by Nazi propaganda
Formerly known as Hitler’s cross, this eatery in Mumbai invited the wrath of Jewish organisations around the world. They thought that naming the place after Hitler whose reign is remembered as one of the darkest periods of history for the Jews and other minority communities was spreading the wrong message. Punit Sablok later decided to adopt the name Cross cafe and replace the swastikas which were a part of the decor with multi-colored rings.
3.) Hijackk Cafe, Ahmedabad – prepare to be held hostage for a food ride
Moistclay media started this venture where customers are taken for a tour of Ahmedabad. The tour lasts for an hour or two and lets its customers enjoy good food while traversing the lanes of Ahmedabad. The name earned a lot of flak from the public because of the nonchalant use of the word ‘hijack’. Their tag line is “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
4.) Taste of Darkness, Hyderabad – Experience food in absolute darkness
A unique dining concept where customers don’t see but experience their food. The entire cafe is masked by absolute darkness and the customers learn much about the lives of the visually impaired. To add to the experience are the shaking bridge and the park experience.
5.) Pitcher & Piano – Nottingham, England
Set within a deconsecrated church in the Lace Market, Pitcher & Piano Nottingham features stained glass windows, church candles, vintage bric-a-brac and cosy Chesterfields. An all-day food menu with standard pub fare is offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
6.) Tihar Food Court, Delhi- Eat at South Asia’s largest prison complex
The Tihar jail is famous for the efforts the authorities keep making to help the inmates. Establishing a food court is another step in this direction. Convicts are employed as waiters and staff at the restaurant. The food has been praised by many and patrons especially compliment the polite service of the staff.
7.) New Lucky Restaurant, Ahmadabad – Dine a midst the dead
Owner Krishnan Kutti did something not many businessmen can attempt. He decided to operate his restaurant in a space which was a graveyard. Not just this, he chose to keep the graves and set up the restaurant around them. He believes that the graves bring him good luck. And truly, the crowd which pours in to enjoy the tea and freshly made rolls is never disappointed.
8.) Treepod @ Soneva Kiri – Koh Kood, Bangkok
Guests at the Soneva Kiri resort in Koh Kood, Bangkok are invited to experience Treepod dining. Guests are seated in a bamboo pod after being hoisted up into the tropical foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest. You can gaze out across the boulder-covered shoreline while your food and drink is delivered via the zip-line acrobatics of your personal waiter.
9.) Sky Dining @ The Singapore Flyer – Singapore
At a height of 165 meters (541 ft), Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest giant observation wheel offering panorama views of Marina Bay’s skyline with a glimpse of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia. The Full Butler Sky Dining experience comes with exclusive Gueridon service, a 4-course menu, wine pairing options, personalized butler service and skyline views in the comfort of a spacious capsule.
10.) The Bar Stock Exchange, Mumbai – Where prices of drinks rise and fall according to demand
A pub which works on the principles of the stock market. People can buy drinks for prices as low as their cost price when the ‘market’ opens and at zero-hour. The prices of drinks keep changing according to their popularity. The more popular a drink is, the more it costs.
11.) Firangi Dhaba, Mumbai – Eat in an auto
Auto-rickshaws are the lifeline of Indian transportation system. But who would have thought of incorporating them in a restaurant? This dhaba has done it and how. The interiors are just the right amount of desi and one can sit in an auto and enjoy a meal.
12.) Nature’s Toilet Cafe, Ahmedabad – Eat while you sit on a lavatory
India’s first ever toilet-themed restaurant, this cafe has a toilet garden around it which boasts of a collection of more than twenty lavatories and urinals which date as far back as the 1950s. The signboard outside the loo carries the sign “Haash!”. The founder Jayesh Patel is the son of Ishwarbhai Patel who established the toilet garden. He was strangely called ‘Baby Toilet’ because of this weird legacy.
13.) Kaidi Kitchen, Chennai – Experience eating in a jail
Set up like a jail, this restaurant has staff dressed as inmates and jailers. Though the food is rated as average by customers, the decor makes it something to add to your bucket list.
14.) NASA, Bangalore – Lots of ‘space’
Though this place has been shut down, it deserves a mention on this list. Modeled like a spaceship, the waiters at this pub wore spacesuits and looked like astronauts. The entire pub was swathed in neon-blue light which gave the customers an other-worldly feel. Sadly, it had to make way for a multinational food chain. Hope something like this opens once more to entertain enthusiasts.
15.) Labassin Waterfall Restaurant – Philippines
Located at the Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort in the Philippines is the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant. The restaurant is only open for lunch and guests dine from a buffet-style menu and eat at bamboo dining tables. It’s not a natural waterfall but a spillway from the Labasin Dam. The dam’s reservoir has been turned into a lake where visitors can go rafting in traditional bamboo rafts and explore the Filipino culture at shows, facilities and additional restaurants on the sprawling property.
16.) Hospitalis – Lavita
A hospital is a scary place for many. If you want to shed your fear of visiting a hospital, then you must visit the Hospitalis restaurant in Riga, Latvia. You can see long-legged waitresses wearing nurse’s uniforms moving about and serving guests at this hospital-themed restaurant. These so-called nurses treat the guests as patients and take good care of them. They also sing songs and play music. The waiters clad in the attire of surgeons prepare exotic drinks in the bar. The food is served in flasks and operating-room’s dishes, while it is eaten with surgical utensils. Interestingly, syringes are used for seasoning. Would you like to get pampered by beautiful nurses?
17.) SnowRestaurant – Kemi, Finland
SnowRestaurant is located at the LumiLinna Snowcastle in Kemi, Finland. The restaurant is rebuilt annually and typically opens around the end of January for lunch and dinner (daily). The temperature in the restaurant is always around -5 degrees Celsius. Reservations must be made in advance and you can see the menu for the upcoming season here.
So guys yes, such restaurants exists and manyy more! Do try these out and revert back! You could also share some other usual restaurant that you might have come across 😀