Published on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 00:00
The F&B industry is a highly competitive world on its own. To succeed in opening a popular restaurant where you see a constant stream of customers every day is not easy unless you have something amazing or unique to offer. Most restaurants take to creating amazing food that will delight your tastebuds while a few others' technique is to entice customers with their highly unusual restaurant concepts. From toilet restaurants to robot restaurants, these are the 5 restaurants with the most bizarre concepts in the world.
1. Modern Toilet – Taipei, Taiwan
Apparently the Taiwanese have not heard of the expression “don't shit where you eat”. Located in Taipei, Taiwan, the Toilet Modern Restaurant looks like a giant communal restroom where hungry and adventurous customers sit on toilet seats, slurp their ice lemon tea from mini ceramic urinals, gobble down their ramen from small toilet bowls, and scoop up their chocolate ice cream from squat toilet bowls. The restaurant is so insistent on sticking to its unusual theme that it even comes furnished with decoration shower heads, bathroom tiles and happy little poo-shaped plush toys, cushions and ornaments.
Address: Taiwan, 台北市萬華區西寧南路50巷7號2樓
Phone:+886 2 2311 8822
Hours: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
2. Cabbages & Condoms – Bangkok, Thailand
Situated in one of Bangkok's business districts is a restaurant like none other. Cabbages & Condoms claims that their restaurant was “conceptualized in part to promote better understanding and acceptance of family planning and to generate income to support various development activities of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA)”. The restaurant is decorated with hundreds and thousands of condoms from all around the world, done so with class of course, plus messages and photos that support family planning. And instead of offering you after-dinner mints, you are invited to take a condom, because after-dinner safe-sex is a lot better than just one damned mint.
Address: 6 Sukhumvit Soi 12, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Phone:+66 2 229 4610
Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
3. Christon Cafe – Tokyo, Japan
Ever wanted to dine in the presence of the Lord without having to listen to boring, hour-long sermons? Christon Cafe gives you the privilege to, in their biblical-meets-gothic-elegance themed Italian restaurant. With its giant crucifix, stained glass windows, statues of Jesus and Mary, stone gargoyles, coffin-shaped menus and massive black chandelier, you will be in for quite a bizarre, religious experience! Also, like a real church, this restaurant stays open 24/7.
Address: 5-17-13 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5287-2426
Hours: 24 hours
4. Disaster Cafe – Lloret de Mar, Spain
When you walk into this unassuming cafe, you will find yourself in an alien-themed restaurant specifically targeted for kids. But the fun only goes on below ground level. An elevator will take thrill-seeking customers to “the depths of the Earth” where they will be seated in a cave-like restaurant, and the first thing you will notice is the staff wearing construction helmets and other safety equipment. Just as you are about to dig into your food, A MASSIVE 7.8 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES! It is a simulated earthquake of course, and there is no course for concern as the restaurant takes its necessary precautions to make sure people don't get hurt. However, the safety measurements do not include the state of your clothing after the simulated earthquake. Be prepared to get splattered with drinks and food after the tremor stops. Check out a video of it happening here
5. Robot Restaurant – Tokyo, Japan
Of course Japan would appear twice in this list, because who else can you think of that comes up with the craziest concepts than the Japanese? Actually, this restaurant is more pleasurable than it is weird, especially if you like your meal with a side of strobe lights, thumping beats, dance performances by robots and scantily-clad Japanese women shaking their booties. Check out the wild performance here
Address: B2F Shinjuku Robot Bldg, 1-7-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03 3200 5500
Hours: 6 pm – 11pm