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10 of the world’s unique dining experiences and restaurants

Want more than good food? Then these once in a lifetime cool dining experiences on offer around the world will spice things up a bit.

If you thought that chopsticks were exotic, then what about a toilet on the table, or a shark swimming overhead as you eat? Here is the Skyscanner guide to ten of the most unusual restaurants and dining experiences in the world.

1. Modern Toilet, Taiwan

How many times have you been in a restaurant and had to ask the waiter or waitress where the toilets were? You don’t have to do that at Modern Toilet, in the heart of Taipei City, because you sit on one and your food is served in one. Or, rather, it’s served in toilet-shaped serving bowls. The original concept involved only chocolate ice cream, but it’s popularity soon saw it expand to include full meals.

Where?: 108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Lane 50, Xining S Rd

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toilet restaurant, tokyo, japan

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2. Treetop Dining, Thailand

The beautiful island of Koh Kood is home to Soneva Kiri resort, which boasts this unusual Treepod dining experience. Seated in a bamboo pod, you are gently hoisted high up into the tropical foliage of the ancient rainforest. From here you can gaze out across the boulder-covered shoreline. Your waiter delivers your food and wine via a zip-line.

Where?: 110 Moo 4, Koh Kood Sub-District, Koh Kood District, Trat 23000, Thailand

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Treetop dining, Soneva Kiri resort, Thailand

3. Dining underwater in the Maldives

Imagine yourself eating caviar underwater. Well, you can at the Conrad Maldives Rangali. The hotel’s Ithaa restaurant sits five metres beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean and offers 180-degree panoramic views of fish and coral. The restaurant serves up contemporary European cuisine in a six-course set dinner menu.

Where?: Conrad Rangali Island 20077, Maldives

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Conrad Maldive hotel, Maldives

4. Robot Restaurant, Tokyo

The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo offers a bento box here complete bikini-clad troupes of drummers and a robot show overflowing with lasers, drums, battling women, cyborgs, and way out costumes. The menu is limited to a choice of three bento boxes.

Where?: 1-7-1 Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Japan

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Robot restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

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5. El Diablo Restaurant, Lanzarote, Spain

Build a restaurant on top of a volcano, what could possibly go wrong? Actually, it’s not as dramatic as it seems, but still, grilling meat on a giant grill laid over nine layers of basalt rock above bubbling lava, that’s unique. The El Diablo restaurant is located in the Timanfaya National Park, home to the volcano which last erupted in 1824, so hopefully the chances of it happening while you’re tucking into a chicken leg are remote.

Where?: Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote

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El diablo restaurant, Spain

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At a staggering 1,450 feet, Dubai’s At.mosphere Restaurant and Lounge is the highest restaurant in the world. It’s on the 122 floor of the Burj Khalifa tower. Go there for afternoon tea with a view across the city and out to sea. It dwarfs virtually everything else.

Where?: 122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai

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At.mosphere Restaurant, Dubai, highest restaurant in the world

7. Alcatraz ER, Tokyo

Another unique dining experience from Tokyo – if your idea of breaking out of your restaurant routine involves dining in a prison cell alongside lots of skulls, and mutilated corpses lying under glass walkways, and fancy the idea of waitresses dresses in nurses outfits, then Alcatraz ER is for you.

Where?: 2-13-5 Dogenzaka, Harvest Bldg 2F, Shibuya

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Alcatraz ER restaurant, Tokyo

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8. Dinner in the Sky, Belgium

Dinner in the Sky, the high flying dining concept returns to Brussels for June 2017 after a world-wide tour. Great chefs and good food combine with a crane-held outdoor eatery. Seriously strange and not for the faint hearted.

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Dinner in the Sky, Belgium

9. The Ice Restaurant, Finland

The cool Ice Restaurant is located at the Snow Village in Kittila, Finland. It’s carved out of ice annually and opens around the end of January for lunch and dinner. You sit on reindeer hides to keep your bottom from freezing to your ice seat. The temperature in the restaurant is always around -5 degrees, so dress up warm.

Where?: Lainiotie, 95980 Kittilä, Finland

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The SnowRestaurant, Kemi, Finland

10. Ninja Restaurant, New York

Channelling the unique dining experiences found in Japan is the Ninja Restaurant in New York City. Authentic Japanese food is best served by a black-clad Ninja. The building is dark and atmospheric, resembling a Japanese feudal village. The waiters serve your food with a flourish, in between high kicks and acrobatics.

Where?: 25 Hudson St, Manhattan New York

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