By: Tia S.
Restaurants; something we all know and love, but recently have become much more creative than they used to be. Around the world people are striving to create something more than just a place to go out when you don’t feel like cooking. There are new, innovative, and out of the ordinary restaurants popping up across the globe, and here are 5 of them.
O.NOIR: Toronto and Montreal, Canada
O.NOIR will take you on a culinary journey through uncharted territory. Here, you eat in complete darkness. Not only that, but you are served by blind people. This is a great way to experience something as simple as eating when you can’t see. I have been to one myself in Montreal, and encourage everyone to try it. The restaurant is set up in two large rooms. The room in the front by the entrance is lighted and it is also where you order your food and can get a drink. You get a choice of a starter, main course, and dessert, or you can pick the Surprise Dish, and find out what you’re eating as you go along. Once you order your food, your waiter asks you to put your hand on his/her shoulder, as they guide you into the dark room. Keep in mind; the waiters have to memorize the location of every table to be able to guide the customers to the right place. As soon as you sit in your chair, it’s as if you’re in another world. Your ears are more sensitive, your food is more flavorful, and all your senses are simply heightened. It’s also a lot harder eating than you would think; I had to use my hands to find the food on the plate, and often my food fell off my fork before it reached my mouth, but trust me, it’s still worth it!
Dinner in the Sky: 45 Different Countries
The sky isn’t the limit with this restaurant. This idea originating from 2 Belgian companies has spread throughout the world, and sky. Dinner in the Sky is exactly what you would think; you have dinner in the sky. How you ask? On a crane. Take your seats, strap in, and let the crane lift your 22-person table 150 feet in the air. These cranes are everywhere, from Las Vegas to Dubai. The company has now expanded into weddings, entertainment, and lounging. If you like eating while enjoying a nice view, this place is for you!
The Redwoods Treehouse: Warkworth, New Zealand
The Redwoods Treehouse Restaurant is one of the most exclusive venues in all of New Zealand. It started as part of a marketing campaign, and the result is a beautiful pod-shaped structure built ten meters high in a Redwood tree. To reach the pod they’ve built a walkway climbing up the trees. Redwoods Treehouse is a versatile space, it can be used as a corporate venue for private functions and events or for birthdays and anniversaries. The menu is fresh and seasonal, and has been made by an experienced team of caterers working for Gatting’s.
Snowman World Ice Bar and Restaurant: Rovaniemi, Finland
The world’s only ice restaurant located on the Arctic Circle. Made up entirely of ice, from the chairs to the drinking glasses! You can admire the detailed ice sculptures while eating from a menu created all from local ingredients. And what better place for this than Santa Claus’s home village! The snowy and playful atmosphere is perfect for children, and they’ll love the idea of eating where Santa lives.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Rangali Island, Maldives
Ithaa is the world’s first and only glass undersea restaurant, and has been rated “the most beautiful restaurant in the world” by the New York Daily Times in 2014. It’s no wonder why, this restaurant sits five meters below sea level and has a panoramic view of the vibrant coral and fish surrounding it. Ithaa means “mother of pearl” in Dihevi (Maldivian language). To enter the restaurant, customers climb down a spiral staircase in a tube at the end of a pier. The menu is made up of contemporary fusion Maldivian cuisine with Western and Asian influences.
Now that you’ve been informed of all the diverse restaurants out there, it’s time to explore the world of food! Whether it’s in the sky or under the the water, you’ll have an unforgettable experience.