You’ve probably heard of strange delicacies from around the world, but what about strange restaurants? People like to try new and sometimes weird food. Why? Because it’s not only about the food, it’s about the experience. Many new restaurants have caught to the notion that creative marketing is the way of the future; clients don’t only want good food, they want to try something different, to create a memory that they’ll look back on and smile.
Some restaurants thus try to stand out, and offer their clients an experience like no other. However, sometimes restaurants go from creative to just plain bizarre, funny or offensive. You won’t believe that the following 10 restaurants actually exist.
10. Modern Toilet, Taiwan
This bathroom themed restaurant chain based in Taiwan attracts customers from all over. The restaurant features toilet seat chairs, sink-tables, and urinal shaped glasses. According to their website, the owners of this unique restaurant were inspired after reading the manga, “Dr. Slump On The Toilet.”
They launched their idea by selling chocolate ice cream in containers shaped like toilets. Their creation was so popular that in May 2004, they launched the Marton Restaurant, a completely bathroom themed restaurant. In 2006, they renamed their restaurants Modern Toilet Restaurant, a name that definitely grabs attention and makes onlookers chuckle.
9. Heart Attack Grill, US
The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas is unlike any other burger joint: they are more than upfront about how harmful their food is; in fact, their entire restaurant is based on that fact. This hospital themed burger joint features foods like the 10 000 calorie “Quadruple Bypass Burger,” waitresses in nurse costumes and the cremated remains of their customers (at least, so the owner claims).
In an interview featured on Time, founder Jon Basso discussed his restaurant’s unique approach to fast food: “I’m probably the only restaurateur in the entire world who is unapologetically telling you that my food is bad for you, that it will kill you, and you should stay away from it.”
8. Hello Kitty Restaurant, Hong Kong
According to Time, Hello Kitty is more popular in Hong Kong than it is in its country of origin, Japan. Hence why Hong Kong has recently opened it’s first Hello Kitty Chinese restaurant, featuring Hello Kitty shaped food, and Hello Kitty themed furniture.
The owner of the restaurant, Man Kwong, began negotiations with Sanrio, the company that owns Hello Kitty, in late 2013. Finally, in April 2014, Sanrio was convinced. Though the food is adorable, it takes a lot of work to create the final product. For instance, their fresh shrimp buns take a total of 17 steps to create.
7. Cereal Killer Café, UK
The Cereal Killer Café is the first specialty cereal café to open in the UK. According to their website, they sell over 120 different kinds of cereal, 30 different varieties of milk and 20 different toppings to choose from. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and if having cereal at odd times of the day doesn’t make you nostalgic for your childhood, perhaps their hundreds of pieces of ’80s and ’90s memorabilia will.
Founded by identical twins Alan and Gary Keery, after they supposedly had the same dream at the same time, the Cereal Killer Café has been open since December 10th 2014, and has put smiles on people’s faces ever since.
6. Barbie Cafe, Taiwan
Taiwan’s first Barbie themed café, Barbie Café, opened last year, and yes, there is pink and plastic as far as the eye can see. Of course, the restaurant is licensed by the creator of Barbie, Mattel. The US toy manufacturing giant gave the café the green light in hopes that it would help promote the Barbie brand and fashion, which indeed it does.
The restaurant workers have to wear pink Barbie logo shirts, pink tutus, Barbie logo armbands, glitter and even tiaras. These uniforms mirror a Barbie clothing intended for toddlers available on Mattel’s website. The restaurant itself features a 660 square metre pink dining space, Barbie memorabilia, and pink seats adorned with decorative red corset-style lace and pink tutus.
5. Ithaa, Maldives
The Conrad Maldives Hotel’s Ithaa restaurant is the world’s first underwater restaurant, located 5 metres underneath the Indian Ocean. This five-star restaurant features glass walls from floor to ceiling, to give diners an 180 degree view of sharks, stingrays, turtles and coral while they dine. The eatery is so bright, guests and staff must wear sunglasses to protect their eyes.
According to a spokesman for the luxury resort, the building was built “using aquarium-inspired architecture” and only seats 14 people. Such luxury also comes with a price, and quite a dear one too: each meal costs an average of $200 per person.
4. Guolizhuang, Beijing
Guolizhuang is a restaurant in Beijing that specializes in dishes that may make you cringe: penises. The menu was created by a man named Mr. Guo; he fled China’s civil war in 1949, and began researching traditional Chinese medicine, specifically, various animal genitals. He found that it is believed that eating genitals lowers cholesterol, enhances virility and treats a variety of ailments.
The restaurant sells all sorts of animal phalli, including that of a tiger’s, though it must be ordered months in advance – it is a very rare and expensive dish, costing $5 700. According to BBC News, the majority of the restaurant’s clientele is wealthy businessmen or government bureaucrats. All the tables and rooms are private, so clients don’t have to feel embarrassed or self-conscious.
3. Twin Stars, Moscow
The Twin Stars restaurant in Moscow only hires identical twins, who must wear identical clothing when on shift, to work tables and the bar. The twin theme is extended to clients as twin clients get a two-for-one deal on drinks, triplets get a three-for-one deal and quadruplets get a four-for-one deal.
The owner stated that a 1964 Soviet film called Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors inspired him to launch his restaurant.
2. Dinner in the Sky, worldwide locations
In May 2006, Hakuna Matata (a communications agency specialized in gourmet pleasures), and The Fun Group, (a company specialized in amusement park installations) launched the first Dinner in the Sky restaurant in Belgium.
Diners are hoisted in the air by a crane, and experience dining from new heights. Located in more than 40 countries, Dinner in the Sky has expanded to offer services other than simply dining in the air. They now feature “Lounge in the Sky,” which features individual tables and dance floors, “Marriage in the Sky,” where you can say “I do” high above in the sky, and “Showbiz in the Sky,” which features live piano concerts and cars held up by cranes.
1. Soldatenkaffee, Indonesia
There was and still is a lot of controversy surrounding the Soldatenkaffee, and for good reason. The restaurant, which is now World War II themed, used to be Nazi themed, complete with quotations and paintings of Hitler, as well as staff wearing Nazi uniforms (all of which the restaurant still features).
After receiving death threats, the owner shut down the restaurant in 2013, but re-opened it in 2014, after having vowed to remove the swastikas. Its re-launch was attended by men wearing Nazi uniforms and others posing as prisoners of war. Though it does now feature some allied memorabilia, much of the Nazi features remain.