10 Exotic and Unusual RestaurantsTRAVEL
1. Waterfall Restaurant, Quezon province,Philippines
Located in the Quezon province of the Philippines, Villa Escudero is a nice hacienda-style resort with cozy rooms and an exotic atmosphere. However, what brought its international fame is the waterfall restaurant that allows tourists to enjoy a nice meal right at the foot of a small waterfall.
In most cases, getting too close to a waterfall can prove deadly, but not at this particular restaurant at Villa Escudero. Here, people are actually encouraged to take off their shoes and get as close to the falls as possible. Set right at the foot of Labasin Falls, this special place invites customers to taste popular Filipino dishes while fresh spring water from the falls flows under and over their feet, making this an unforgettable experience. As you can imagine, it’s nowhere near as impressive as Niagara, but visitors who don’t mind getting their clothes wet can sit right under the rushing waterfall and get their pictures taken
2. Restaurant in the Sky, Brussels, Belgium
“Dinner in the Sky” is a Brussels based restaurant that serves dinner for up to 22 people… 150 feet in the air! The specially-designed table and chairs are lifted by a crane. Dinner anywhere in Belgium will set you back almost 8 thousand euros; other locations are also available. Remember, you must wear your seat belt, and don’t drop your fork!
I have goosebumps just thinking about sitting up there!!!
3. Restaurant near Sanyou Cave above the Chang Jiang river, Hubei , China.
Would be thrilled to dine there someday!
4. Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar
Renowned for wonderful beaches and a relaxed atmosphere, Zanzibar also features one of the most unusual and perhaps most picturesque restaurants in the world. In the south of the island lies The Rock Restaurant. The name says it all. The restaurant literally sits on top of a large rock, which is situated in the middle of a beach. At low tide you can walk out to the rock, but at high tide, it becomes marooned. When you reach the rock you climb a wooden ladder to reach the restaurant. It is a small, with only three tables in the dining room, and is owned by the local village. It is very much a local affair, where you are likely to be served a platter of seafood, prepared with a few beers to wash it down.
5. Redwoods Treehouse Restaurant, New Zealand
Another restaurant that gives a sense of its surroundings is the Redwoods Treehouse Restaurant in New Zealand. Fine dining, corporate entertaining or simply a private party, this is one of the most striking, memorable and exclusive venues in all of New Zealand.
A unique retreat just 45 minutes north of Auckland, the beautiful Redwoods Treehouse is the ideal venue to impress.
6. Mineshaft Restaurant, Lohja, Finland
“Pop-down is such a unique idea that I just had to do it,” chef Timo Linnamaki said, before his first clients descended to the bottom of the mine shaft in the town of Lohja, Finland. “It’s great working down here because you are totally cut off from the world, so nothing distracts from the cooking.” The idea of preparing food so far below ground was all part of being close to the earth, but the talented cook admits this is by far the weirdest place he has ever prepared his dishes and that it would be very difficult to find something on par. The 115-year-old mine chosen as the location for this unique pop-down restaurant goes down to a depth of 1246 ft., where limestone is still mined for the chemical industry. But that didn’t seem to scare off customers, as the 64-seat restaurant was already fully booked when the crazy underground cooking experiment began.
7. Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant, Diani Beach,Africa
I have hives just thinking about sitting out there.What do you think of dining in a cave, with stalactites looking down on you, surrounded by walls embedded with fossil shells? Sounds exciting, right? Then Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant in Diani Beach, South of Mombasa, is the place.
These caves were formed in coral limestone over half a million years ago and have been gradually modified by tidal action since then, together with the assistance of George Barbour, the owner of the land where the caves sit.
The entrance to the cave complex is a bar area, covered with a makuti –palm tree branche roof, which is supported by a gum tree. From this point, two lower dining caves are revealed. These open up to a starry African night sky.
8. Floating Restaurant, Sweden
The Salt & Sill is a minimalist 23-room barge that also serves as a top-notch seafood restaurant specializing in herring and fresh local produce. All 23 rooms have their own outdoor seating areas, but the hotel’s sole suite has an extra-enticing benefit: a private roof-top jacuzzi. The hotel’s location on the lake, by the way, is not a gimmick: the adjacent land simply didn’t have any room.
9. Bank Vault Restaurant , Colorado, US
Located in the old Denver National Bank building, this Old World steakhouse offers dining in private cherry wood booths once used by bank customers to view their safety deposit boxes. You can actually experience some of Denver’s most romantic private dining inside the 100 year old bank vault. Tour the wine cellar, located 35 feet below ground in the original cash vault.
10. Monkey Restaurant,Japan
The Kayabukiya Tavern is a traditional-style Japanese “sake-house” restaurant (izakaya) located in the city of Utsunomiya, north of Tokyo, Japan. The location attracted international attention in 2008 when the Western media reported on the tavern and its news movies were uploaded to YouTube.
The tavern’s owner, Kaoru Otsuka, owns two pet macaque monkeys who are currently employed at the location. The first monkey, twelve-year-old “Yat-chan,” is dressed in a shirt and shorts while he takes customers’ drink orders and delivers them to the diners’ tables. The restaurant’s owner, Otsuka, reported that he never initially taught the monkeys; Yat-chan first learned from watching him work. Otsuka said, “It all started one day when I gave him a hot towel out of curiosity and he brought the towel to the customer.” The younger macaque, named Fuku-chan, is currently four years old and has the main duty of bringing the attendees hot towels to clean their hands before ordering drinks. Fuku-chan has only two years of experience, while Yat-chan has reportedly been performing the job for a longer time.
Both monkeys receive boiled soya beans from customers as tips for their service.