Diners constantly demand new and inventive experiences when eating out. Verdict Foodservice identifies some of the most unique restaurants around the world including the biggest underwater restaurant in the world, a restaurant 100ft in the sky, a restaurant sitting in the ocean, a skeletal designed restaurant and a tree house restaurant.
Swim to The Rock, Zanzibar
The Rock restaurant is located off the south east coastline of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. Sitting on the Indian Ocean, the restaurant is on a rock that customers must swim, walk or boat to.
Referred to as a ‘floating restaurant’, The Rock can seat groups of up to 20 people, serving locally-sourced food from Tanzania.
The Rock is one of Zanzibar’s top attractions, and when customers are at the restaurant they can get a 360-degree view of the ocean, or half the ocean and half of white sand beach, depending on the tide.
Dine with the fishes at Under, Norway
In March Verdict Foodservice reported on Europe’s first underwater restaurant opening in Norway. ‘Under’ is the largest underwater restaurant in the world and was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snoehetta that also created the Opera House in Oslo and the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York.
The restaurant is located five metres below sea level and can seat 100 guests in the underwater restaurant. It features a large glass wall so customers are able to view the sea life that live below sea level including pollock, cod, urchins, crabs and lobsters.
Skeletal setting at Museum HR Giger bar, Switzerland
The Museum HR Giger bar is in Chateau St. Germain in Switzerland, part of a museum that was renovated from a 400-year-old medieval chateau.
It was designed by Swiss painter HR Giger, best known for his work on the special effects team that won an Academy Award for design work on the film Alien.
The bar and museum replicates a skeletal structure, so that customers can experience the feeling of the bible story Jonah and the whale, creating the feeling of being inside a ‘fossilised prehistoric creature’.
The bar took four years to finish and opened for service in April 2003 for family and friends, director Carmen Scheifele hopes to open a screening room to show some of the films H.R Giger has worked on.
Climb to dine at The Jam restaurant, UK
The Jam located in Kings Road, London serves Italian cuisine for customers that come to visit this unique restaurant.
Located in Kings Road, The Jam gives customers a new type of dining experience, with seating made from pine and built into the walls so they have to climb the walls of the restaurant to get to their table. The restaurant has been around for 46 years and offers multilevel booth seating, bunk bed dining and a train section for people that want some more privacy.
With waiters serving food from ladders, the restaurant is also called the tree house restaurant by people that have visited.
Hang high at London In The Sky, UK
If you’re scared of heights this might not be for you. London in the Sky is a restaurant suspended from a crane 100ft above the capital.
Founded in Belgium by parent company Dinner In The Sky in 2006 and having held experiences in 45 countries, The Sky Table has been running in the UK since 2009 in cities including London, Bristol, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Customers can choose from breakfast, prosecco and cake, lunch, cocktails and dinner with chefs preparing their food in front of them at the high-rise table.
London in the Sky is returning this summer from May to July and this year will be above the O2 arena.