Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Wildest Restaurants on Earth

At the world's quirkiest restaurants, anything is possible.

Ever wonder how the last meal on the Titanic tasted? Want nothing more than to chow down on a plate of hot wings while waiting for a load of whites to dry? Do you dare to dine suspended 150 feet up in the air?

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Our list of the world's quirkiest restaurants explores the weirdest and wildest restaurants across the globe designed to indulge guests' wackiest whims.

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 For those unrelenting in their pursuit of a culinary adventure, these restaurants offer a delusion of delights that engage every sense and open the mouth and mind to imagination unrestricted by reality. From the fun, colorful fairylands of Disney princesses and Hello Kitty to the freakier fetishes of prisons, hospitals, and cannibalism, diners will embark on a gastronomic acid trip through the world's most idiosyncratic establishments where mundane meals are guaranteed to never be on the menu.

 Dodge flying chickens in Bangkok or shake things up with a natural disaster in Spain. Cuddle up with kittens in Tokyo cafés or brave the cold with a fur-trimmed parka at an ice bar in Finland. When it comes time for eating, guests will be treated to a meal that combines both flavor and fantasy.

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Expect singing, dancing, nudity, good food, and waitstaff that are intentionally rude if even human. At the world's quirkiest restaurants, anything is possible and even the sky is not the limit.

Tang Du Zoology (Taiwan)

This Taipei restaurant inhabits an indoor wildlife habitat that spans an arena three football fields in length. Diners co-habitate with critters, such as fish, crocodiles, seals, and birds amid a backdrop of waterfalls and tree canopies. As there is no physical menu, guests choose their meals from aquariums of seafood, hanging meats, and even hives of live bugs. Adventurous eaters will swoon at the selection of snacks which includes dishes like bear paw, crickets, and live scorpion.

Count Dracula Club (Romania)

 This vampire-themed restaurant in Bucharest revels in all things spooky and Transylvanian. Blood-stained walls, dim candlelight, capes, and white face makeup are in store for guests who dare to dine with Bram Stocker's Dracula. The Count himself tours guests through haunted spaces like the medieval room, the hunting room, and the alchemical bar where hands are known to fly out of walls and impaled heads are used as decoration.

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 Titanic Theatre Restaurant (Australia)

 Sail back in time to the last supper aboard the Titanic, hosted by Titanic Theatre Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. Whether seated in steerage, first class, or at the über-upscale captain's table, relive how passengers wined and dined on the most famous ship of the 20th century.

As the meal progresses, a cast of performers broadcast iceberg warnings and even mimic the ship getting fatally hit. Luckily, guests are rescued by the Carpathia and brought safely to the shores of the restaurant's dance floor after they've cleaned their plates.

Lockup (Japan)

Tokyo's Lockup is a disturbing destination for diners with jail fetishes. Guests are treated as prisoners and locked into cells where they are handcuffed and order to wait for their meals.

The atmosphere is dark, cold, and spooky, augmented by secret doors, winding passageways, fake electrocution demonstrations, and sporadic cacophonies of screams. When the inevitable need for a stiff drinks arises, order up concoctions, such as the Electric Shock, the Cloning Experiment, and the Human Experiment.

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Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (Maldives) (pictured above)

 Dive below sea level and dine with the fishes at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant located underneath Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Submerged 16 feet beneath the Indian Ocean, the restaurant is encased in a sphere of transparent acrylic that grants guests a spectacular close-up view of marine wildlife swimming across a vibrant coral reef.

 A six-course dinner menu is available for $320, and features savory seafood dishes such as raw yellow fin tuna cubes, grilled sand lobster, and seared line-caugh reef fish. This underwater world cost $5 million to build and survived the devastating tsunami that followed the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. At lunchtime, the sun shines through the waves so brightly that guests are encouraged to wear sunglasses as they enjoy their meals.  

-Clare Sheehan, The Daily Meal  

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