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Zauo/ other "weird" restaurants

Feb 24, 2012
Unusual Restaurants in Japan

Zauo/ other "weird" restaurants

OK, wording changed :)

Feb 24, 2012
Unusual Restaurants in Japan

Zauo/ other "weird" restaurants

photo of this squid pole fishing - http://bit.ly/z9Ai5F
may be worth to be included, just for completeness, but it is a big stretch.. :)

Feb 24, 2012
Unusual Restaurants in Japan

Zauo/ other "weird" restaurants

- No, there are few food serving cat cafes, eg Cat Ristorante http://bit.ly/hBk2sZ, just browse their sites.
- You may argue for long with semantics of any similar site, review or article..
- The world's most unusual restaurants are divided into seven categories, so you may find the most innovative avant-garde restaurants in the world, and some weird small cafes with the most outrageous amusing gimmicks.
Where practical, all restaurants of the particular type are listed (dining trains, restauratnts in the planes, etc). Any such listing is subjective, and suggestions are welcomed.

Feb 24, 2012
Unusual Restaurants in Japan

Zauo/ other "weird" restaurants

Fish market "squid catching" is not a restaurant fishing like Zauro. You just getting squid from the tank, like here in Hakodate http://www.flickr.com/photos/justinc/.... You can "catch" this way any sea product in any restaurant with the fish tank.

Feb 24, 2012
Unusual Restaurants in Japan

Zauo/ other "weird" restaurants

The most famous specialized horse (Suganoya) and whale (Kujira-ya) meat restaurants are on the list.
Can't find squid fishing restaurant... does anybody know the name, location, link or reliable lead?

Feb 24, 2012
Unusual Restaurants in Japan

Zauo/ other "weird" restaurants

Not a good example. The first cat cafe "Garden Cat" (猫花園) was opened not in Japan, but in Taiwan in 1998. It is apparently still operational, and is first on the list. According to cafe's website there are dedicated chairs with cat's names, and site is proposing them as "dinner partners". Many Japanese cat cafes are calling their cats - staff, with staff pictures, and bios been advertised on their web sites. So, there is little offense in the expression that some cat cafes let you choose the cat to be your dinner companion. The food is also served in some Japanese cat cafes, although not often, and there is even one "Cat Ristorante" :). The list is a product of years of a passionate research. Corrections are very welcomed.

Feb 24, 2012
Unusual Restaurants in Japan

Unique or Unusual Restaurants in/around London

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Unique or Unusual Restaurants in/around London

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - Avant-garde cuisine, molecular gastronomy
Dans Le Noire? - Dining in the dark, often with blind waitstaff
Fifteen - The staff are 'disadvantaged' youths
Skylight Cafe - Cooking and serving by homeless trainees
Inamo - Touchscreen ordering
Bel Canto - Opera singing waitstaff
Dirty Dicks - 200+ years old dead cats, and other odd relicts in a vault
Boisdale of Bishopsgate - £90 seagull eggs omelette (seasonal)
Archipelago - Exotic menu includes chocolate covered scorpions, bees, peacock, etc.
La Fromagerie - All-cheese restaurant
Garlic and Shots - Everything is made with garlic sometimes even ice cream
Wapping Food - Inside former hydraulic power station
Silk - Inside former infamous courtroom
Café in the Crypt - In working church
Cafe Below - In working church
Les Trois Garsons - Mix of taxidermy and antiques, handbags suspended from the ceilings

from http://t.co/oPicJB2k

Unique or Unusual Restaurant in/around Amsterdam?

Ctaste - Dining in the dark
Fifteen - The staff are 'disadvantaged' youths
De Kas - Restaurant - greenhouse, where dinner is harvested
Pasta e Basta - Singing waitstaff
Palazzo - Dinner show with acrobatics, comedy, etc.
t Sluisje - 'Waitresses' are men in drag
Supper Club - Retro-futuristic. Cross-dressing staff, mattresses, etc...
Garlic Queen - Everything is made with garlic sometimes even ice cream
Amsterdam - Inside former old sewage pump station. Take a seat next to boiler
Xtracold IceBar - Made of Ice
Bakerstreet - Airborne structure inside furniture mall

from http://t.co/oPicJB2k

Feb 09, 2012
Unusual Restaurants in Europe

Unique or Unusual Restaurant in/around Copenhagen

Dark Waiter - Dining in the dark, often with blind waitstaff
Teaterkælderen - Singing waitstaff
Madeleines - Experimental dinner theater, with food as a center of performances
Det Lille Apotek - One of the oldest restaurants in the world. Est.~1720
Restaurant Ida Davidsen - 191 yo; choice of 250 'smørrebrød' open sandwiches
Noma - No: 1 Restaurant in the World, 2011 as per 'Restaurant' magazine

from: http://t.co/oPicJB2k

Feb 09, 2012
Unusual Restaurants in Europe

Sizing Up "The Most Unusual Restaurants in the World" Map

Thank you for review and positive notes.
We added "Safe House" restaurant, as per suggestion (though we knew about it, but did not include it).
We will not add several mentioned places in Minnesota and Wisconsin. They are very fine restaurants, but not the most unusual.
Sharing spaghetti on a plastic board is interesting, and unusual tradition, but it's easy to replicate anywhere, and there are maybe too many places to list.
Your remark about Organ Piper Pizza and Dining Trains is rude. Perhaps the inclusion of pizza with a huge Mighty Wurlitzer theater pipe organ is not to your taste but to call it "sort of stupid" is rude, and... "sort of ignorant"
Dining Trains are certainly unusual restaurants, in our opinion (not regular dining cars, as you may imply). Sometimes they are beautiful vintage trains, sometimes there are performances on-board, almost always very scenic routes, etc. There are very few dining trains in the world outside of the US and UK. Today the number of specialized, regularly-scheduled dining trains is rapidly declining. It is a very expensive endeavor, much more difficult than serving spaghetti on a board.
We did not 'import database' rather, we researched, found, checked, and individually placed on the map every full-service dining train that operates with certain regularity.
As for the restaurants inside giant milk bottles: these can be found in the restaurants with unusual architecture category. Matter of taste.. There are only four of them, and each is considered a local landmark.
Suggestions, additions or corrections are always welcomed on the website or twitter @UnusualRest

Aug 17, 2011
Unusual Restaurants in Features