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40 of the Most Unusual Restaurants Around the World

November 18, 2014
These days heading out for an evening of fine nosh opens up a world of possibilities. A veritable United Nations of cuisine options awaits in most city centres. But what if you want something really different; unicycling waiters, bypass burgers, tables made of ice and phallic portion presentation. At GoHen we regularly book celebratory meals for our clients and love finding them across the UK and Europe, so we’ve taken a look at the world’s 40 most unusual (and in some cases downright bizarre) restaurants.
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Grotta Palazzese – Polignano a Mare, Italy

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Trust us: you won’t see views like this in any other restaurant. Nestled within a limestone cave, looking out across the Adriatic Ocean, this is the perfect location for a truly enchanting evening. Patrons can enjoy a set menu at $100 per person, with delicious seafood delicacies such as Thai Squid or grilled garlic prawns. We can’t think of anything better than sitting by the edge of the cave, overlooking the ocean, with a glass of wine and a special someone.


The Rock – Zanzibar

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Just a hop, skip and a splash away from the idyllic Michanwi Pingwe beach lies The Rock Restaurant; one of Zanzibar’s most unusual eateries. Perched atop a precarious looking rock and surrounded by the Indian Ocean; diners here can enjoy a tantalising array of local seafood dishes whilst taking in the uninterrupted ocean views. It certainly makes a change from the usual TV dinner, we think you’ll agree…


Sounds of Silence @ Ayers Rock Resort – Australia

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With this outdoor dining experience, courtesy of Ayers Rock Resort, guests can enjoy a fantastic introduction to Aboriginal culture and cuisine under the glittering outback sky. Diners can expect a bush tucker buffet brimming with local delicacies, from crocodile and kangaroo, to the native barramundi and quandong (don’t ask, just eat). Your meal will be served on a viewing platform overlooking the stunning Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where you will be entertained by traditional dance and Didgeridoo performances. As night falls, you’ll be talked through the mysteries of the southern night sky by the resident astronomer. We’re getting all starry eyed at the thought of it…


Ithaa at Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa – Maldives

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There is no denying how breathtaking the underwater view is at Ithaa, rated “the most beautiful restaurant in the world” by the New York Daily Times earlier this year. Also boasting the accolade of ‘the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant’, Ithaa has a beautiful menu of dishes such as Yellow Tail King Fish with Saffron Champagne Rissotto and Beurre Blanc Foam. Translating to “mother of pearl” in the Maldivian language of Dihevi, you can understand why this restaurant was named after something so beautiful.


Heart Attack Grill – Las Vegas, USA

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There are several hospital-themed restaurants out there, but none that deliberately serve food so high in fat that they actively welcome guests over 350lbs to come and eat for free!  From single to octuple-bypass (?!) burgers, which can be layered with up to 40 bacon slices, Heart Attack Grill is bizarrely proud to hold the Guinness World Record for the Highest Calorie Burger, at a whopping 10,000 calories! They also have a vegan menu, which consists solely of cigarettes. Certainly a controversial restaurant: from the fat content to the nurse-waitresses who spank you if you don’t finish your meal!


S’Baggers – Nürnberg, Germany

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S’Baggers is the world’s very first rollercoaster restaurant. No, you won’t have waiters bringing your meal to you – here, the meals slide down a series of winding metal tracks to reach your table. There’s no-one to take your order; you simply tap and swipe your choices on the tablets provided. With new menus each week, you can keep coming back for a different gastronomic experience every time!


Kinderkookkafe – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Hands up – would you really trust your children cooking meals for you? Well, then how about for an entire restaurant? Here at Kinderkookkafe, the kids cook the dishes, serve, write the menus, clear up and even work the till. Any child aged 0-13 can get involved, and you can hire the venue for your wedding as well! Sounds sweet, but we think we’ll pass on the playdough-flavoured pretzel.


The White Restaurant – Batumi, Georgia

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Originally designed as a joke in 2011, this topsy-turvy restaurant was based on the American White House… but simply reverted. Here you’ll see tables, chairs, and even toilets fixed to the ceiling, and you can enjoy traditional Georgian cuisine, such as Shashlik (kebab) and Chashushuli (a type of ham stew). The best part is, if you get drunk, everything will turn the right way round!


At.mosphere – Dubai, U.A.E.

 

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Gain some width at a height! Hovering on Level 122 of the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – at a height of over 442m, At.mosphere towers above its competition, claiming the Guinness World Record for the highest restaurant from ground level. If you’re prepared to endure some serious time in the lift (seriously, bring a book), you can look forward to incredible views of the Arabian Gulf, as well as Downtown Dubai and the world’s tallest performing fountains.  Hurry though, as the long awaited Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, looks set to swipe the title at any moment.

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