Travelling is an immensely satisfying pastime in itself. But what makes it even more interesting is trying out the gastronomic specialities of the region we travel to in the most unusual of settings and ambience. We get to savour both the diverse culture and cuisine of the place we visit.
Each of these unique restaurants has something extra–its exotic setting, the service it offers, the ambience, or the history of the place we happen to be dining in:
1. A culinary experience under the Indian Ocean – Ithaa
Located under the ocean in the Maldives is Ithaa, an Undersea Restaurant. ‘Ithaa’ means mother of pearls and the name in itself connotes the image of the ocean under which it is located. This exclusive sub-aquatic restaurant offers a breathtaking 270 degrees view of the sea above. This aquarium-like restaurant is different – for a change we are inside and the fish are outside. They also offer exotic kinds of seafood like caviar and lobsters, which one can enjoy while watching the aquatic world all around. The simple decor is understated and contrasts with the exotic view outside.
2. Dining in the dark – Dans le Noir
Dining in the dark is the concept of Dans le Noir -an exclusive restaurant chain- in keeping with its philosophy that you value food better when you do not see it. The delight of tasting the unexpected in pitch dark settings served by genial waiters who are blind encourages human bonding. The ambience is a genial disregard of social conventions. Spontaneity is the norm here. It has become immensely popular throughout Europe.
3. Rocking in the sea – The Rock Restaurant
This quaint restaurant sits on a rock off the coast of Zanzibar; its menu inspired by its natural resources. It offers an all-around view of the pristine ocean. The restaurant offers a relaxed and discreet service that goes with the solitary and exclusive nature of the location.
4. The arboreal experience – Bird’s Nest Restaurant
This restaurant is a collection of exclusive and private nest-like structures high up among the trees and offers both privacy and a spectacular view of the surroundings. Service is through zip lines and it is an experience you should not miss if you are on a trip to Thailand.
5. A top of the world culinary experience – Sirocco
A rooftop restaurant that offers a bird’s eye view of Bangkok, Sirocco Restaurant is perched on the 64th floor at the edge of the Lebua State Tower. The cuisine is primarily Mediterranean with a great collection of wines. The decor is an inspiration from the Mediterranean outdoors and complements the cuisine.
6. As fresh as it gets – Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm
A visit to Tasmania on the south coast of Australia, famous for its pristine natural beauty, is incomplete without the gastronomic experience at the Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm. It is very famous for its seafood processing and is located inside the Coles Bay. Visitors are treated at tables on the farm itself. It showcases Tasmania’s best seafood to the world. It produces oysters and mussels of the best quality.