Aug. 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM ET
Ever wonder how the last meal on the Titanic tasted? Want nothing more than to chow down on a plate of hot wings while waiting for a load of whites to dry? Do you dare to dine suspended 150 feet up in the air?
The Daily Meal's list of the world's quirkiest restaurants explores the weirdest and wildest restaurants across the globe designed to indulge guests' wackiest whims.
For those unrelenting in their pursuit of a culinary adventure, these restaurants offer a profusion of delights that engage every sense and open the mouth and mind to the imagination. From the fun, colorful fairylands of Disney princesses and Hello Kitty to the freakier fetishes of prisons, hospitals and (faux) cannibalism, diners can embark on a gastronomic acid trip through idiosyncratic establishments where mundane meals are guaranteed to never be on the menu.
Dodge flying chickens in Bangkok or shake things up with a natural disaster in Spain. Cuddle up with kittens in Tokyo cafés or brave the cold with a fur-trimmed parka at an ice bar in Finland. When it comes time for eating, guests will be treated to a meal that combines both flavor and fantasy.
Expect singing, dancing, nudity, good food and waitstaff that are intentionally rude if even human. At the world's quirkiest restaurants, anything is possible.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Dive below and dine with the fishes at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant located off Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Submerged 16 feet beneath the Indian Ocean, the restaurant is encased in a sphere of transparent acrylic that grants guests a spectacular close-up view of marine life swimming amid a coral reef.
A six-course dinner menu is available for $320, and features savory seafood dishes such as raw yellowfin tuna cubes, grilled sand lobster, and seared line-caught reef fish. This underwater world cost $5 million to build and survived the devastating tsunami that follow the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. At lunchtime, the sun shines through the waves so brightly that guests are encouraged to wear sunglasses as they enjoy their meals.
Titanic Theatre Restaurant, Australia
Sail back in time to the last supper aboard the Titanic, hosted by Titanic Theatre Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. Whether seated in steerage, first class or at the über-upscale captain's table, relive how passengers wined and dined on the most famous ship of the 20th century.
As the meal progresses, a cast of performers broadcast iceberg warnings and even mimic the ship getting fatally hit. Luckily, guests are rescued by the Carpathia and brought safely to the shores of the restaurant's dance floor after they've cleaned their plates.
Most people dread the long hours of waiting, washing and folding on laundry day. San Francisco's Brainwash has found the antidote to the laundry day blues. This Laundromat café allows guests to enjoy a tasty meal while emptying their hampers or waiting for their clothes to dry.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are on the menu, so guests can wash away their hunger at any time of day. Try themed dishes like wash-load nachos, flatiron chicken sandwich, or the savory wash-day blues pancake breakfast. Other plates include fish tacos, burgers, quesadillas and salads. Brainwash also offers a professional laundry, dry cleaning and folding service for those who wish to enjoy their meal without the extra hassle.
Dinner in the Sky
Dinner in the Sky takes gastronomic getaways to new heights, literally, as guests are treated to a sky-high meal suspended 150 feet in the air by a crane. This unique, vertigo-inducing culinary expedition has traversed the skies of more than 40 countries, dangling above spots like Jardins des Tuileries in Paris, the valleys of Villa Borghese in Italy, and the Las Vegas strip.
Surrealist in concept, Dinner in the Sky offers the unique opportunity to elevate daily activities, such as lunching and brunching, meeting and greeting, and drinking and dining. Enjoy soaring views, intimate interactions with the chef, and an aerial atmosphere that raises the standard of adventurous eats.
Ali Barbour Cave Restaurant, Kenya
Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant invites guests to dine 33 feet below ground in an ancient, naturally sculpted coral cave in Mombasa, Kenya. The cave itself is estimated to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old and offers enchanting views of the night sky through an open ceiling.
The menu offers a range of fresh seafood, such as lemon prawns simmered with coconut milk and grilled lobster tails with buttered mushroom potatoes. After a romantic, candlelit dinner, head over to Forty Thieves Beach Bar and sip a nightcap while stargazing.
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