10 most unusual restaurants in the world *pics*

  1. With increased competition, chefs are finding that "concept" dining is yet another way to spice things up (pun intended). These 10 restaurants are taking that lesson to heart with some truly unusual fare.
    Fat Duck
    Bray, England
    The current tasting menu at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck includes nitro-green tea and lime mousse (shown here) as well as snail porridge, salmon poached with licorice and mango and Douglas fir puree. Blumenthal's latest book, In Search of Perfection, inspired a television series of the same name currently airing on Britain's BBC 2.
    New York
    While patrons work their way through the tasting menu at this Japanese restaurant, servers dressed as ninjas perform magic alongside their tables. Expect to spend quite a bit on the sushi--but realize you're really paying for the entertainment.
    Dans Le Noir (In the Dark)
    Paris London Moscow
    Dans Le Noir founders Edouard de Broglie and Etienne Boisrond believe that the act of consuming food becomes more satisfying when you're relying on senses other than sight, and they hired a primarily blind and visually-impaired staff to prove their point. Does the food at Dans Le Noir really taste all the better for it? Book a table at one of their three locations--Paris, London or Moscow--to find out.
    New York
    Chef Wylie Dufresne cut his teeth at Jean Georges as sous chef and then at Prime in The Bellagio, Las Vegas, as chef de cuisine before opening WD-50 in New York City's Lower East Side. His dishes, such as butternut squash sorbet with coffee soil and basil (shown here), are adventurous. And at $105, the nine-course tasting menu is one of the most reasonably priced in the city.
    El Bulli
    Costa Brava, Spain
    El Bulli's head chef Ferran Adri Acosta is a scientist with the passion of an artisan. That's why Adri closes for six months every year to dream up all sorts of new and nearly unbelievable dishes (such as the artful beet-based sorbet shown here) in his "El Taller" laboratory. El Bulli's dynamic menu earned it the title of 2006's Number One Restaurant in the World, according to Restaurant magazine.

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    From edible menus (above right) to patent-pending edible advertisements (the details of which are being kept under wraps), chef Homaro Cantu is taking the science of cooking to another level at culinary laboratory Moto. The nachos and cheese dish (left) is actually more sweet than savory: the tortilla chips are a mix of Mexican sweet corn and flan, the ground beef is a grainy Mexican chocolate and the Monterey jack is grated Mexican mango spiked with liquid nitrogen that allows it to melt when sprinkled on your plate.
    India Malaysia Singapore Perth, Australia
    The typical Indian fare at this restaurant isn't shocking, but your bill may come as a bit of a surprise. The Annalakshmi mission is "eat as you like and pay as you feel," which means there are no set menu prices. One dollar or $100--it's your choice. You might be inclined to leave a hefty tip for the staff, however--they're employed on a volunteer basis only.
    Dinner In The Sky
    Brussels, Belgium
    Call it a floating restaurant if you will--patrons who dine at Dinner in the Sky are suspended by a crane in midair while feasting on the executive chef's specialized gourmet menu. Based in Brussels, Dinner in the Sky now brings its table to cities throughout Europe.
    Linger Lodge
    Bradenton, Fla.
    Chunk of Skunk? Road Toad Al A Mode? Yes, these are some of the offerings on the road grill menu at the Linger Lodge Restaurant. If you'd rather refrain from snacking on snake or sparrow, there's a traditional menu with classic southern favorites such as Good Ol' Fashioned Catfish and Old-Florida-Style Fried Chicken.
    Ice Hotel Restaurant
    Sverige, Sweden
    The main restaurant of the famed Ice Hotel chain is, oddly enough, not made of ice. But they do serve meals on plates made from the ice of the Torne River, which borders Sweden and Finland. Elk and reindeer appear frequently on the restaurant's winter menu.
  3. So cool. I wish I lived near some of these places. I would love to try them out.
  4. Wow, I love the concept of Annalakshmi!! I think it's brilliant! Thanks for posting maxter :jammin:
  5. Sheesh! And I haven't been to a single one!!!!
  6. If anyone watched the finale of Top Chef 2, Wylie Dufresne from WD-50 was a guest judge and Marcel was so nervous cooking for him. They both follow that moleculor gastronomy way of cooking.
  7. Fun, but I've never heard of any of them. We go to the same three or four places every time!
  8. I got the heebie jeebies just looking at that "Dinner in the Sky" Not for me LOL
    Imagine you forgot & got up to go to the ladies :wtf:
  9. At least the restaurant at the top of the CN Tower is enclosed!

    I'm getting vertigo just LOOKING at that picture!

    And I thought the strangest restaurant I've ever heard of was the one in London that Prince William goes to that serves roasted boar and ostrich.

    Sidebar . . . . is it odd that I really want to try ostrich?
  10. Ostrich is great. Tastes just like beef. We can get it at a specialty grocery store here in Wisconsin. Ground or filet. I make chili and burgers with it all the time - nobody even knows the difference.

    Has less fat than turkey or chicken.

    Try it!!

  11. As soon as I saw the title of your thread...I immeadiately thought of the Fat Duck..I've read a bunch of articles/menus on it, and they have some really bizzare food combinations! Fat Duck was named best restaurant in the world in 2005, I think. My sister was going to work there, but she got deported.

    I really would like to eat at some of these restaurants...they look really neat!
  12. wow - there are some very unique concepts among that bunch!!

    Very cool, thanks for taking the time to post it!! :smile:
  13. Goose also has the same consistency as steak.
  14. Oh I can recommend one in Japan..
    Its called lock out ( or lock up I can't remember)
    the waitresses are dressed like prison wardons and they chain cuff you and all
    its a fun prison theme resturant but the price is pretty reasonable too

  15. Yeah...LOL god I'd be crying my head off for sure.. no way :wtf: