Wednesday 27 February 2008

Eat, drink and what was that again?

Talking about Mississipi restaurants got me thinking about some of the strangest dining venues I have been to over the years. More in terms of their location and decore than the food they served.

In Bangkok I went to a restaurant called Cabbages & Condoms. It is dedicated to birth control and AIDS awareness. The name reflects the owner's belief that condoms should be as accessible as produce. Condoms and sex toys are a major part of the decor. All diners get a condom with coffee, instead or an after-dinner mint. Much healthier anyway!

Then in London I went to a place called Dans Le Nuit - french for Dine in the Dark. Seriously, you sit in pitch black and eat your meal. It also has a lit bar and a lounge for drinks before and after your meal. A real experience and quite funny. Least you get to play with the food with your fingers if you want and not be put off by which piece of cutlery you should be using. It puts the focus back on the taste of food. Try it at home! Trust the chef though!

In Vascone, Italy I went to the smallest restaurant in the world, Sole per Due. It offers a romantic table for two. Perfect. You must like the company of the person with you though otherwise it could be a very long night.

There are some other restaurants I want to go to day .....all these are on my list

The Ithaa Undersea at the Hilton, Maldives. This restaurant sits five meters below seal level in the Indian Ocean. The aquarium-style restaurant allows you to take in 360 degree views of reef and marine life. The restaurant is small (it only seats 12). Let's hope they don't serve seafood on the menu!

The B.E.D. Restaurant in Miami, Fla. B.E.D. stands for Beverage, Entertainment and Dining. If you go, don't look for a sign, there isn't one. B.E.D. is not marked except for the street number and the logo hidden on the mat outside. How many times have you ever been in a situation where you just want to lie down after a great meal and relax - now you can.

ICE HOTEL, Sweden - while the entire hotel is actually made from ice, fortunately for diners, the restaurant is not. However, for an arctic feel, the ice theme is carried through by serving many dishes on ice plates. I guess they serve cold platters then!

And, here is one that is really unique but I am not sure I could stomach this -

The Hadaka Sushi in Hollywood, Calif. Diners eat sashimi or sushi from the body of a woman or male "serving dish." Seriously. And don't worry the food is served on banana leaves and never touches the model's skin ...mmmm I see. Somehow I don't think diners would have much of an appetite given the distractions.