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Thursday, August 09, 2012

The World's 20 Most Unusual Restaurants

(1) Modern Toilet Restaurant, Taiwan
This chain of restaurants in Taiwan allows patrons to dine on toilets and eat toilet themed food.

Food is served from a toilet bowl, drinks from a urinal. They also make an ice cream sundae that looks like pooh...

(2) Nyotaimori Cannibalistic Restaurant, Japan
Nyotaimori literally means "female body plate", and describes a non that uncommon (in Japan) restaurant where sushi is served off a naked woman's body. There is one restaurant which takes this even further; patrons are presented with a "corpse" and eat the "insides".

(3) Graveyard Restaurant, India
When Krsihan Kutti Nair started a successful tea stall outside a cemetery in Ahmadabadand needed to expand, he expanded into the cemetry. Patrons eat and drink in between graves (painted green). They don't seem to mind:

(4) Cat Cafes, Japan
Back to Japan where space is at a premium, cat and dog loving patrons who aren't able to have a pet of their own are able to visit these cafes to sip a drink beside the cafe's cats (or sometimes, dogs). These cafes are now very popular in Tokyo's entertainment district, but have recently come under fire from animal welfare groups who say that the animals are being exploited. 

Further research has revealed that there are also reptile cafes and rabbit cafes ...

(5) Restaurant Inside a Coffin, Ukraine
Death + eating seems to be a common theme! This restaurant in the Ukraine is built inside a 65 foot long windowless "coffin". The inside decor is also morbid, with smaller coffins and funeral flower arrangements adorning the walls. Diners are served meals like "Nine Day" and "Forty Day" salads, named after local mourning rituals, as well as a dish called "Let's meet in paradise."

(6) Alcatraz ER Restaurant, Tokyo
Part prison, part hospital, part horror movie.. this novelty restaurant will see you sitting to eat inside a cell, chowing down on dishes such as human intestines (an unfeasibly long sausage in a kidney dish), a penis on a bed of lettuce (another sausage, suggestively carved) and various impossibly spicy delectables. The staff are dressed like doctors and nurses (with some fake blood thrown in for good measure).

(7) DS Music Restaurant, Taipei (Taiwan)
With nurses for waitstaff, the novelty here is that you'll be eating off tables shaped like hospital beds and each table has an IV drip, which functions as a keg (to store your drinks). You can even book a private function in the "intensive care room".

(8) Cabbages and Condoms, Thailand
There are several of these restaurants scattered around Thailand, with the logo "Our food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy". You may be served by a waiter wearing a condom (on their face and head), and the decor is strictly condom related. Instead of being offered a dinner mint, you'll get a condom to take home. It's all for a good cause - proceeds go to the Population & Communitty Development Association, and one of the restaurant's aims is to promote the health and safety aspects of condom use.

(9) Penis Restaurant, Beijing
From the outside, this franchise looks like any other restaurant with chinese characters and bright lights. The difference is that you come here to eat penis- yak, donkey, sheep, deer and dog are on offer. Eating penis is said to be good for the libido, and for women, good for the skin. 

This one belonged to a donkey...

(10) The Hobbit House, Manila (Phillipines)
The Hobbit House has got to be the most politically incorrect restaurant out there. The decor is said to be inspired by J.R Tolkein's Lord of the Rings. The waiters are all "little people". From the restaurant website:
"Friendly, charming and ever smiling, they are the reason why the bar is what it is today. Every night, you will find them gamely posing for yet another round of photos with tourists and travelers, giving folks back home something to talk about."

(11) The Whale Inside (Dark Restaurant), Beijing; Dans Le Noir "In the Dark" (Paris, London, and Moscow)
In these restaurants, you eat in pitch darkness. Waiters use night vision goggles. According to one company: "The meal will be taken in this environment with the complete loss of vision. By starving one's sense, your other senses are stimulated to full alert - all so the theory goes - and your food will taste like it's never tasted before."

(12) Kinder Kook Kafe, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
At kinderkookkafe (which has an unfortunate accronym, I might add) you are served food cooked by children. The kids also take orders, do the waitressing, wash up and settle the bill. There is some adult supervision, but your food will mostly be cooked by kids (yes - grotty, snotty kids). It's promoted as a "unique children's activity" and unsurprisingly, it is more a place of learning for children than purveyor of culinary delights.

(13) Underwater Restaurant, Maldives
The Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa in Rangalifinolhu houses this amazing restaurant which is actually built under the sea (at 5m below sea level). Diners have a 270 degree panoramic view of ocean life, but it is pricey, and only seats 14 diners at any one time.

(14) Restaurant of the 3rd Dimension, Nuremburg (Germany)
At this futuristic restaurant, meals and drinks are ordered by touch screen at each table and then are transported from above on metallic tracks directly to the table.

(15) Hajime Robot Restaurant, Bangkok (Thailand)
Customers order their food on a touchscreen display and their robotic waiter will whizz into action. The friendly robots will also dance to entertain as they work and go out to collect empty dishes at the customers’ table.

(16) Dinner in the Sky, worldwide
If you have the money (and desire...) you can eat in the sky. You'll dine at a table suspended at a height of 50 metres. These meals have been hosted in the UK, the Middle East, Poland, Brussels (Belgium), Portugal, Brazil, Scotland, Paris, India and South Africa (to name a few!).

(17) Le Refuge des Fondus, Paris, France
Apart from serving delicious fondus, this restaurant is famous for serving its wine in baby bottles. It seems very un-French,  but I'd give it a try!

(18) Disaster Cafe, Spain
An elevator takes customers below ground to a cave-like restaurant. The first odd thing you’ll notice is the staff wearing construction helmets and other safety equipment, and when the food comes, the dishes are a lot heavier than normal. Every meal is interrupted by a simulated 7.8 earthquake (you just never know when exactly it will strike...)

(19) Ninja Cafe, Tokyo
Customers are led over drawbridges and down winding passages to an eating area resembling a 17th century Edo period village. Waiters dressed as ninjas slink about, you are visited by an illusionist mid meal who will perform tricks, and of course the food is ninja themed (whatever that is)!

(20) Igloo Light Cafe, Sweden
Winter is long and dark in Stockholm, so enter the all white, very bright Igloo Light Cafe. Diners are dressed in white, and sit under special lights to get their daily recommended dose of sunlight equivalent. The day's first customers arrive early to undergo an hour of light therapy before work while eating a healthy breakfast.


  1. These are fantastic, Lisa! haha some are slightly gruesome but still fantastic.

    Lisa, do you happen to know quirky diners like this (maybe not as crazy) in and around Australia? I'm working for a company creating a dining and dating app and reading this I thought it'd be great to provide a few quirky restaurant suggestions as well, why not?

    We'll, of course, source you as the provider of the suggestions and we can link back to your blog to help drive traffic your way.


    1. Hi Jenny, I do know of some in Australia. I'll do a post on it when I have time!

  2. Great list! I think I might have to put some on my list to visit when we are in Europe later this year. I love the idea of eating in the dark!

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