10 Most Unusual Restaurants Around The World


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Over the years, restaurants have become more than places that serve food. In order to attract customers, they must keep them entertained while they eat. While some restaurants try unique concepts to keep ahead in the extremely competitive food business, some do it out of sheer love for that concept, because it is fun or because they are uniquely qualified to engage in those unique activities. Whatever be the reason, there are several restaurants who’s quirks surprise and interest us. We have listed ten below that we found to be the most unusual restaurants in the world.

1. Kayabukiya Tavern

You are served by monkeys dressed up as waiters.

Located to the north of Tokyo in the city of Utsunomiya, the Kayabukiya Tavern is a traditional Japanese sake restaurant. The restaurant’s owner, Kaoru Otsuka, trained his two pet macaque monkeys named Yat-chan and Fuku-chan to perform various table-waiting duties. According to Otsuka, Yat-chan first started imitating him while he was working. Then one day out of curiosity, he gave Yat-chan a hot towel to see what would happen. Yat-chan proceeded to give it to a customer and from then on learned to take the customers’ orders and deliver them to their table.

Fuku-chan, who is younger, delivers the customers their hot towels to clean their hands. Since those first trials, Otsuka has brought in three more monkeys to join the others. The customers tip them with boiled soya beans, and at the end of the night, they give a dance performance with Otsuka playing some music. However, the monkeys only work for two hours a day because of Japanese animal rights regulations, and the tavern is closed on Tuesdays so the  waiters have plenty of time to engage in their regular “monkey business”.(12)

2. Dinner in the sky

This restaurant’s dining tables and chairs are suspended high up in the air.

Dinner in the Sky is not exactly a restaurant per se, but a venue that the organisers will set up in whichever country you wish. It is the brainchild of Hakuna Matata, a communications agency, and The Fun Group, an amusement park installation company, who jointly decided to “join forces and make a child’s dream come true” in the form of a flying dinner table.

It is available in 45 countries, including Australia, Japan, India, Dubai, Brazil, United States, Mexico, Canada, and many countries in Europe. Dinner in the Sky has arranged over 5,000 events so far featuring many celebrated chefs.(source)

3. Van Gogh Is Bipolar

You get served by a bipolar chef with foods that alleviate bipolar disorder and are named after famous bipolar people.

Located in the north of Manila, Philippines, the restaurant is named after the famous post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh, who is believed to have suffered from bipolar disorder throughout his life. The restaurant’s owner Jetro Rafael who also suffers from the disorder has turned his own house into a place people can come and eat food that helps relax and calm them. The eating area has a very whimsical decor and lighting and is filled with van Gogh’s artwork.

The food Rafael is are also named after famous people with similar problems. “Virginia Woolf’s Tears”, “Mel Gibson’s Sin”, “President Clinton’s Meal”, “Godfather II”, “Axl Rose’s Egg Sho”t, and “Van Gogh’s Manic Episode” are some of the items on the menu. The menu also contains hot and cold herbal teas with different mood levels, and there are also mood burgers and mood shakes that you can order.(123)

4. Giraffe Manor

You get to share your food with giraffes that poke their heads through windows and doors.

The Giraffe Manor is located in the Lang’ata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, which is home to a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes. It was constructed in 1932 by Sir David Duncan in the form of a Scottish hunting lodge and was purchased by Betty Leslie-Melville, an American conservationist, along with the land surrounding it. Realizing how endangered the giraffes in that region were, Leslie-Melville and her husband started a breeding program to reintroduce the Rothschild subspecies into the wild. In 1983, her son turned the manor into a private hotel with the profits going to charity.

What makes this place unique is the giraffes come to visit the manor during morning and evening times to get a treat from the guests. The eating area has large windows through which they poke their long necks to get the food.(12)

5. Cencio la Parolaccia

You get served by waiters who curse at you and verbally abuse you.

Located in the neighborhood of Trastevere, Rome, Cencio la Parolaccia was established in 1941 by Vincenzo “Cencio” de Santis and Renata de Santis. They wanted to entertain their guests by combining a “traditional restaurant with elements of folk entertainment based the foul language in Romanesco dialect.” The restaurant has been featured in some Italian films and is famous for the foul language used by the waiters as well as dancing and singing.(12)

6. Hobbit House

You get served by dwarves.

The Hobbit House bar was founded by former Peace Corps volunteer and professor Jim Turner. As the story goes, Turner was so inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings books that he opened a bar and staffed it entirely with little people. The bar is located in Manila, Philippines, and has a facade with a large colorful circular door and pictures of Gandalf, Bilbo, and Gollum on its left and a leprechaun on the right. The bar also has a large painting of all the members of the Fellowship of the Ring inside.(12)

7. Seva Cafe

You get a zero bill but are invited to pay forward for those who dine after you as part of a circle of giving.

The Seva Cafe is an experiment in ‘peer to peer’ generosity. Located in India, the cafe is run by volunteers with a small number of staff. Guests are invited to make contributions instead of paying for what they have eaten. After you are done with the meal, you will receive a bill of zero rupees with a footnote that says, “Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those who dine after you.”(source)

8. Disaster Cafe

You can experience a 7.8 earthquake while having your lunch.

Located in Lloret de Mar, Spain, the restaurant Disaster Cafe entertains its customers by providing a simulated disaster in the form of 7.8 Richter scale earthquake. As the earthquake begins, the lights start to flicker and go out, and the tables, chairs and everything in the room shakes vigorously. The earthquake room is located underground and looks a bit cave-like. The waiters are dressed up in construction helmets and safety equipment. The food is served in dishes heavier than normal to prevent them from flying off the table, though food and drink does tend to spill out during the earthquake.(source)

9. Pyongyang

The restaurant is run by the North Korean government with North Korean waitresses who sing and dance.

Mainly found in China and other South East Asian countries, the Pyongyang chain of restaurants is owned and operated by the Haedanghwa Group, an organization of the North Korean government. According to Swedish journalist Bertil Lintner, the restaurants are part of the North Korean government’s strategy to launder foreign currency. Also, according to many defectors, the restaurants are run by middlemen who have to pay between 10,000 to 30,000 USD every year.

The restaurants are staffed with North Koreans whose political loyalty is established and are closed watched by security. There are also young attractive women, usually highly trained graduates of arts colleges, who sing and dance for the customers. The food is Korean and includes kimchi dishes, cold noodles, barbequed cuttlefish, and dog meat soup. North Korean ginseng wine and an unlabeled aphrodisiac claimed to have been made from bears are sold too. The prices are high and are published in US dollars.(source)

10. Cat Cafes

You get to pet and feed cats while you relax in the cafe.

The world’s first cat cafe. the “Cat Garden,” was founded in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1998. As it started to attract many tourists, especially Japanese, the concept took hold in Japan as well, with Neko no Jikan (Cat’s Time) opening in Osaka in 2004. It became very popular in Japan owing to the fact that Japanese houses and apartments are small and most people are not allowed to have pets in their homes. The cat cafes began to serve people’s need to connect with animals, especially cats, and have a relaxing time. The concept became extremely popular in Japan, and soon cat cafes sprouted up in several countries in Asia, Europe, and North America.(source)

So, what do you think? Have you been to any such unique or strange restaurant? Tell us in the comments about any strange restaurants you have visited.


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