The Human Banquet
Some of you probably know that Nyotaimori (meaning female body plate) is a popular method of serving sushi in Japan. Well, recently the Japanese took things to the next level by not just eating off of the bodies but by eating the bodies themselves. Wait a minute…relax (sort of), the bodies are edible creations made in the kitchen by an artistic staff. At the table you are provided with a scalpel and a plate. You and your party of faux cannibals are then left to dissect the “body” and eat its innards. Beware, things can get messy as these bodies “bleed”.
New Lucky Restaurant
Maybe in the United States it would be seen as a bit morbid. In India however, a country with over a billion people, death and graveyards are not as separate from society as in the west. So when Krsihan Kutti Nair started a successful tea stall outside a cemetery in Ahmadabad not too long ago and he needed to expand, there was only one logical option…the space between the graves (painted green).
The Pop-Up Diner
The Italian town of Ferrara recently introduced an interesting concept. For 60 Euros you can buy a dinner for two and then, on the scheduled evening, receive a text disclosing the location of the meal/table, which inevitably will show up somewhere on the historical streets of the town.
Sounds of Silence
The only diner on our list that is located in the middle of the desert, this roofless dinner experience takes you into the middle of the Australian Outback right next Ayers Rock and gives you a view of the stars that you could only dream of.
This Dutch family restaurant located in Amsterdam is entirely staffed by children (almost). There are a couple of adults who supervise everything but the premise is simple. Part restaurant, part culinary school, and part day care, parents drop their kids off in the morning and then return after work to enjoy what their children put together.
Dalu Robot Restaurant
Patrons at the Dalu Robot Restaurant in Jinan, China are no longer being served by flesh and bone but rather by a robotic army of waiters. Since the change has been implemented there has been a good reaction with customers noting the fact that the robots don’t give you an attitude…and work for free.
This popular chain of Taiwanese restaurants gives patrons the pleasure of eating from a toilet bowl all while seated on a toilet bowl. Drinks are served in small plastic urinals and although one would think that such a restaurant would be a gross mess, it is actually very clean. According to the owner the point is to shock and confuse the senses.
Dinner in the Sky
Although it is based in Belgium, this airborne dinner party can be taken anywhere in the world. Diners are strapped around a table that is suspended in the air by cranes and served by a small staff that that comes along for the ride.
The Unsicht-Bar, essentially meaning invisible bar in English, is found in Cologne, Germany. There is no light allowed and before patrons are led down into the pitch black dining area by their blind hosts they must leave behind cell phones, watches, and any other photon emitting electronics.
The Fortezza Medicea near Pisa, Italy is a 500 year old fortress that presently serves as a maximum security prison…and a classy up-scale restaurant. In order to dine at this popular location guests generally have to book reservations months in advance and then undergo intense security checks by the Italian police. Once inside, they are served by robbers, murderers, mafia members, and even treated to the virtuoso piano skills of Bruno, who is among those doing life for murder.
The Robot Couple
For years people in the town of Yiwu, China wondered how the local diner was staffed from 6am to 3am (21 hours) every day by the same couple. Well, it turns out that it wasn’t the same couple. After the story of the “Robot Couple” reached the ears of a journalist from the Today Morning Post he decided to investigate and discovered that it was in fact two couples, a set of twin brothers that had married a set of twin sisters.
This is the only restaurant on our list that requires a password to gain entry. Don’t worry though, if you don’t know the password the guards will just make you do something embarrassing to get in. Why the password? The restaurant is spy themed, as you could probably tell from the name.