Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – Rangali Island, Maldives
Opened in 2005, the all-glass restaurant was rated « the most beautiful restaurant in the world » by the New York Daily News in 2014, Ithaa sits five metres below the surface, offering 180-degree panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens surrounding it. Ithaa (meaning ‘mother of pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dihevi) serves contemporary European cuisine in a six-course set dinner menu.
Ninja New York – New York City, USA
In a review in the New York Times, Frank Bruni describes Ninja New York as “a kooky, dreary subterranean labyrinth… You are greeted there by servers in black costumes who ceaselessly bow, regularly yelp and ever so occasionally tumble.”. With its 15th-century Japanese feudal village interior, you’ll dine amongst stealthy warriors—the waiters—who roam, romp, and perform tricks, all the while serving sushi and sake.
Dinner in the Sky – Montreal, Canada
Originating from Belgium, Dinner in the Sky is a platform with room for 22 diners, and a few cooks and servers. The concept involves enjoying a meal floating above the ground, 160 feet up in the air, along with a table and everything that’s required. Since restaurant has gained popularity worldwide it is now offered for limited run periods in cities around the globe, including Montreal.
Redwoods Treehouse – Warkworth, New Zealand
Built in 2008, the result is a striking pod-shaped structure built ten metres high in a Redwood tree near Warkworth. Access to the Treehouse is provided by an elevated tree – top walkway which was built using Redwood milled on site. The striking venue is used exclusively for private functions and events, with a capacity of 30 guests.
Modern Toilet – Taipei City, Taiwan Province, People’s Republic of China
The idea for this odd restaurant was conceived by one of the owners while he was reading while sitting—where else?—on a toilet. Initially it only sold chocolate ice cream in containers shaped like a squat toilet, but once the humorous spin became a great success, a full-fledged, bathroom-themed eatery emerged. Today, Modern Toilet is a chain with locations across Asia and it has plans for further expansion. If the idea piques your curiosity, drop in to have a seat at one of the (non-working) toilets where meals are served in toilet bowl-shaped dinnerware.