On Air Or Underwater: 9 Unique Restaurants Around The World

On Air Or Underwater: 9 Unique Restaurants Around The World
Aisyah
Aisyah 
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Food, food, oh glorious food. We human beings just love food, don’t we? Some of us are willing to go to​ any lengths and cost just to make sure that our stomachs are contented in the best possible way. But really, at what cost? Here are some of the unique dining spots around the world and most are accompanied by hefty prices that some people aren’t afraid to fork out the money for!

1. $2 million dining experience, Singapore

Singaporeans are known to love food, and most of them are willing to fork out any amount of cash just so their stomachs can be satisfied. But surely, one would think twice or maybe even thrice about paying a whopping $2 million for a dining experience.

Hear me out! For one, you can surprise the love of your life with a stunning 2.08-carat diamond ring. Yes, you read that right. The (reportedly valued at $2 million) Jane Seymour Vivid Blue Diamond Ring will be given at the end of the dinner and accompanied by Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac and a backdrop of fireworks.

The actual dinner starts with a helicopter ride over the Singapore cityscape, a chauffeured Rolls-Royce drive, and a luxury private cruise. You will then head to Marina Bay Sands, Singapore where you’ll be greeted with a private setting of 10,000 fresh roses, a 360-degree view of Singapore and a live band. You’ll savour an 18-course​ meal that includes top notch favourites such as fresh Belon oyster with champagne foam, Almas Caviar, air-flown Alaskan wild salmon, and more. Drinks wise? Enjoy a range of world-class wines such as a 1988 Salon ‘S’ champagne, a 2008 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, and a 1972 Oremus Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, 018956

Contact: 6688 8868

Website: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

2. Underwater dining, Maldives

Ithaa inside
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Ithaa Undersea Restaurant on Rangali Island, Maldives, is probably one of the island’s biggest attractions. This was the world’s first underwater restaurant and it caters to a maximum of 14 patrons at any given time. But given that it’s the Maldives, where everything but fish is imported, you can surely expect to fork out a fortune for food and drink around the island, much less at the world’s first underwater restaurant.

Ithaa isn’t a place for diners who are just seeking a casual romantic dining experience and, unless you’re staying at the restaurant’s hotel, you have to pay extra (expensive) charges for the sea transfers.

The dinner itself costs about 390 USD, inclusive of the amazing view of the sea life creatures above. There are frequent feedings held and you’ll be accompanied by sea friendlies such as massive stingrays, sharks, and even scuba divers, who clean the outside of the restaurant before each meal as debris accumulates quickly. And with such an expensive price, you’re sure to enjoy amazing food including vegetarian options.

It is, however, recommended to opt for the lunch experience as you’ll enjoy more amazing views as compared to during the night.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

Address: Rangali Island, Maldives

Website: Ithaa Restaurant

3. Dining in the sky in Toronto, Canada

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How about being strapped to a chair in the air while you savour seafood plates and sip on champagne 160 feet (48.8 metres) above the ground? In Toronto, Canada, you can! This unique dining experience with Dinner in the Sky comes with a price tag of 270 USD and will have you and 21 other diners enjoy meals while being suspended in the air in a covered canopy for about 40 to 60 minutes.

The company requires patrons to sign a waiver and go through a required safety briefing before embarking on this one of a kind experience. You’ll be served by a waiter that is also wearing a safety harness. Don’t worry too much about the height jitters though because, with the amazing food, you’ll drop all your fears in a matter of a few minutes!

You can also turn your chairs a whole 180 degrees to catch the once-in-a-lifetime view of the landscape below you and snap some pictures. However, this experience can pro​ve to be a little too much for some people, as dealing with the height and breeze may interrupt you actually relishing the meal!

When you finally reach the ground, you’ll be handed a souvenir to remind you of this unique experience. Because this is widely popular, reservations fill out fast and it is advised to book way before your proposed date to avoid disappointment.

Dinner in the Sky

Contact: +32 2 333 38 10

Website: Dinner in the Sky

4. Ninja restaurant, New York City

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Right in the heart of New York City lies a restaurant that aims to bring Japanese cuisine to a whole new level. Upon reaching the restaurant, you’ll be greeted with “ninjas” in black costumes who will occasionally yelp and tumble. They’re supposedly intended to add to the restaurant’s aim of looking like a 15th-century Japanese feudal village full of dark nooks and snaking passageways.

While enjoying your plate of Japanese delights such as sushi, sake, or udon, you can be entertained with the ninja waiters performing tricks in the middle of the restaurant whilst serving food.

The food served here is really high quality. Don’t let the casual setting of the restaurant fool you. This 15th-century setting serves up 21st-century high-class cuisine that’ll have you smacking your lips at some of the best Japanese cuisine in the state. There are also ninja-inspired cocktails on the menu!

Ninja New York

Address: 25 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013, United States

Opening Hours: 5 pm - 11 pm

Contact: +1 212-274-8500

Website: Ninja New York

5. Toilet Dining in Taipei, Taiwan

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How about eating food straight out of a toilet bowl?! Taiwan is known for its abundance of unique dining experiences that attract both locals and tourists from around the world. From jail settings to Hello Kitty Cafes, one might wonder which restaurant would actually set the bar.

You’ll find a really unique restaurant in Taipei. It’s called Modern Toilet, and it serves up savouries and desserts in a toilet bowl! The toilet-style restaurant will have you seated on a covered toilet bowl, which is, obviously, difficult, especially considering the fact that the sole purpose you ever have for sitting on a toilet bowl is never eating. It can also be uncomfortable, to say the least!

You’ll choose from a wide variety of dishes, including favourites such as curry, fries, and even the Mediterranean Seafood Au Gratin. You’ll savour your food (that is served in mini bathtubs and toilet bowls) atop a glass table that is placed on top of a bathtub. No kidding, even their desserts are served toilet-style. Grab yourself a newspaper and you’d have the full package.

Modern Toilet Restaurant

Address: 108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District

Opening Hours: 11.30 am - 10.30 pm

Contact: +886 2 2311 8822

Website: Modern Toilet Restaurant

6. Dine in a cave, Italy

Polignano, nei pressi della Grotta Palazzese - panoramio
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The Summer Cave in Italy will have you digging in to gastronomic delights while in a cave! Located in the city of Polignano a Mare, this limestone cave restaurant is in Grotta Palazzese hotel and is open during the months of May to October. The restaurant also has views of the Adriatic Sea and offers romantic surroundings that are perfect for adventurous couples who are looking to having a one-of-a-kind dining experience. It’s definitely more romantic that a standard candlelit dinner!

The location of the restaurant is said to have been inhabited since the Neolithic era and was also once a Greek colony. It is also said to have been used in the 16th century for people to go there to do the exact same thing people do today: to eat!

The restaurant is naturally lit by the aquamarine reflection from the waters and serves up authentic Italian cuisine in a cosy setting. You can also opt to stay in the equally stunning hotel as well!

The Summer Cave at Grotta Palazzese

Address: Via Narciso, 59, 70044 Polignano A Mare BA, Italy

Contact: +39 080 424 0677

Website: The Summer Cave

7. Naked dining, Japan

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What will Japan come up with next?! The Amrita is Japan’s first naked restaurant and has outlets in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Osaka. This restaurant was actually inspired by other naked restaurants in London and New York. This unique dining experience will set you back about 300 USD to 1,000 USD, where you’ll be served food by muscular women wearing g-strings and can enjoy a dance performance by male models.

Well, of course, a restaurant like this would come with a whole bunch of strict rules.

For one, the restaurant recently made headlines when it proposed that it will not permit anyone above the age of 60 or people who are 15 kilograms (33 pounds) heavier than the average weight for their height into the restaurant. This received a ton of backlash from people and the restaurant has since scrapped its weight restriction and stated that it will allow patrons between the age of 20 to 120 in the restaurant. However, those with tattoos aren’t allowed in the restaurant, as tattoos are normally associated with the mafia in Japan.

Payment must be made hen you make your reservation, and, if you chicken out upon reaching the restaurant, refunds will not be provided. You’re also required to keep your phones in a locker and not talk or touch the other guests in order to not cause a nuisance.

The Amrita

Address: Tokyo, Japan

Contact: contact [at] theamrita.com

Website: TheAmrita

8. Cat Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand

Cat Cafe (Cat Caffe)
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Although cat cafes are quite easy to spot, especially in the Southeast Asian region, and Japan is often high on the list when people think of cat cafes, Taiwan was the first place that started the whole cat cafe concept. Whilst cat cafes don’t serve 5-star​ cuisine and don’t come with quality dining, the fact that they have cats is almost enough to beat every other contender on this list! And now Thailand’s capital of Bangkok has joined the party and is showing some kitty love.

Caturday Cat Cafe is just of several cat cafes in Bangkok. Patrons will enter the cafe and immediately be greeted with all the cute feline friends that are either crawling around or napping, like cats normally do. The cats are all well taken care of and are very people friendly, so don’t worry, as long as you’re nice, they won’t bite.

You can order light snacks and drinks and spend about 2 hours or even more just chilling with the fur-balls. The desserts are particularly tempting. Offering warm hospitality and a bunch of friendly cats, what more could you want?! Each cat has its own name; take some time to become acquainted!

Caturday Cat Cafe

Address: 10400, 115 Phayathai Rd, Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Contact: +66 2 656 5247

Website: Caturday Cat Cafe

9. Dine in the dark in KL, Malaysia

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No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. This restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is all set and ready to bring the “blind date” term to a whole new level.

Dining in the dark serves up thoughtfully crafted, multi-course mystery menus daily except on Mondays, and you will be served by visually impaired staff in a completely dark and pitch-black dining area. Members of staff are calm and surprisingly humourous, making the whole situation very lighthearted. It is said that a lack of visual abilities heightens your other senses; you’ll be able to savour your food better when you can’t see.

Before the actual experience, you’ll go through a series of games that will prep you for dinner. During the dinner itself, you’ll be served with a whole range of delights, which are mostly western favourites, that might include chicken roulade with spinach and linguine with smoked duck. Reservation is highly recommended as the restaurant is almost always completely booked.

Dining In The Dark KL

Address: 50, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 6 pm - 9.30 pm

Contact: +60 3-2110 0431

Website: Dining In The Dark KL

Happy tummy, happy you

With great food, comes great happiness, right? Although some of these restaurants might be a little (or a lot!) too expensive, at the end of the day, it all boils down to the experience that you receive. Once in a while, it is totally okay to savour seafood underwater as compared to in a 5-star hotel restaurant! And besides, it’s food that we’re talking about … what could go wrong with food?! Add some spice to your dining experiences and check out some of the world’s most unusual eateries.

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