Today, everyone eats out. And some eateries go to great lengths to attract customers. Many new restaurants round the globe are being built with a view of pulling in people that might ordinarily walk right past them. Many ore being built according to a theme, and some of the ideas are rather weird. Food, of course, is the prime consideration, followed by service. But some places offer both food and service as well as a memorable experience that goes way past what’s on the menu. Here’s our top 20.
Calico Cat Café
The first menu you’ll see at Calico Cat Café in Tokyo has nothing to do with food: it’s the cat selection. But you won’t be dining on any of these adorable felines – they’re just there to provide some companionship while you sip a cup of tea. The watchful staff ensures that guests treat the cats respectfully, and provide complimentary bags of dried cat food that can be used to attract your desired playmate. For many Tokyo residents, owning a cat isn’t realistic, so the city’s 30-odd cat cafés give them a chance to enjoy some “commitment-free cat stroking”.
Devil Island Prison Restaurant
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 where you’re led to your table in handcuffs and served fried coffin-shaped bread. Each table is surrounded by rusting prison bars, and you’re served by waiters in black-and-white striped uniforms. A similar restaurant in Beijing is misleadingly named ‘Zen Cool’.
Ice Restaurant in 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.the restaurant is Dubai-based Sharaf Group’s enterprise while technical inputs came from Canada-based Iceculture Inc, who are credited with building ice lounges around the world.
A380 In-Flight Kitchen
Mmm, airplane food. If you just can’t get enough of eating on airplanes but you’re sick of going through security and paying expensive airfare to do it, you may want to 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.
Underwater Restaurant in Maldives
Beautiful underwater restaurant secured 5 metres below sea level at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa in Rangalifinolhu, Maldives. The restaurant has a capacity of 14 people and is encased in transparent acrylic roof offering 270° panoramic view to its customers.
Dinner in the Sky
Not everyone can stomach eating a meal while dangling 150 feet above the ground from a crane, even if you’re not usually afraid of heights. At Dinner in the Sky in Belgium, diners are strapped into chairs, raised to half the height of Big Ben and served meals like ham salad and sauteed prawns that are cooked in a small oven in the center of the structure.
Toilet Restaurant in Taiwan
Creative restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan with modern decor and full-on toilet theme. Marton Theme Restaurant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 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
Taipei is known for its variety of strangely themed dining establishments, but this one might just take the cake. Your surreal experience starts with the name, D.S. Music Restaurant, 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.
The food called as Nyotaimori, means ‘female body plate’ is one of the weird and unique food from a Japanese restaurant. The restaurant serves Japanese food sushi and sashimi inside a woman’s body. The body is made from food and placed on a table looks like surgery table in hospital. Customers can eat any part of the body. The unique part is when we cut the body, it will look like bleeding just like human body, ouchh..
Dining in The Dark Restaurant
Dining in the Dark Restaurant is located in Beijing, China. All the restaurant rooms designed so black and so dark. Incoming visitors will be guide to the table by waiters that equipped with night view binoculars. Flashlights, mobile phones, and watches not available in this area. Visitors can only smell and taste the food by eating them in the dark. Just use your senses to enjoy the food.
This weird restaurant is famous with the menu such as milk-tea, bread rolls and the tombs between the tables. Located in Ahmedabad, India, the restaurant owner claimed to have open this restaurant for 40 years hereditary, but never know who are buried beneath these graves.
Yellow Treehouse Café
Built around a redwood tree near Auckland, New Zealand, the Yellow Treehouse Café will fulfill all of your fantasies about treehouse life, and then some. Designed by Pacific Environment Architects as part of a marketing campaign for the area’s yellow pages, the café is no longer open for dinner but can be rented for private parties.
Some girls never outgrow their princess fantasies, and if you live in Japan, you can luxuriate in all the frilly pink princess regalia you can stomach whenever you want at the Princess Heart restaurant. Customers are led to a full-length mirror where they’re apparently supposed to ask who’s the fairest one of all, before taking a seat in a throne and being crowned. Women can drag their male partners along, but single men aren’t allowed.
Wizard of the Opera
Billed as “gorgeous gothic dining”, the Wizard of the Opera restaurant in Tokyo has a vaguely Phantom of the Opera-based theme, with lots of sumptuous red velvet and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical soundtrack on repeat. Among the dishes served are smoked salmon shaped like a rose, and the staff will even write the word ‘opera’ in chocolate on your plate.
Dick’s Last Resort Restaurant
If you’re more of a masochist than a sadist, Dick’s Last Resort Restaurant may be just up your alley. With locations all over America including Chicago, Boston and Dallas, Dick’s will satisfy your impulses to be treated rudely, called names and ridiculed by restaurant staff. If that sounds like everyday dining to you, rest assured that Dick’s will kindly write out these insults and put them on dunce caps which you’re obligated to wear while eating.
Want to know how does it feel dining on the Mars? Just visit right in New York’s Times Square location. When visitors arrived, friendly Martians will guide hungry human from earth into the hot and dry red planet. In this place human can eat on the Martian Seafood Platter, on Mars Seafood Platter, with a typical menu of sea scallops, shrimp, squid, clams with seafood sauce.
Cabbages and condoms is the name of this restaurant located in Thailand. 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).
Ninja New York
Some of New York’s most creative fusion food is served in a rather unusual restaurant, one in which no expense was spared to create an atmosphere that one reviewer described as “Ninja Disneyland”. Guests are led to the subterranean eatery through a “secret path” where “ninjas” lurk in the shadows, and brought to a table housed within a dungeon-like chamber. The ninja waiters perform magic tricks that extend into the meal, like sauces that catch on fire.
Hajime Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. Robot run. Owner Lapassarad Thanaphant (pictured) has high hopes for her robot-run restaurant. Thanaphant invested nearly $1 million to purchase four dancing (yes, they also dance!) robots who serve diners Japanese delicacies.