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World's Weirdest Restaurants

Posted: 06/14/11 10:25 AM ET

Sometimes a dining experience is unusual because of the extraordinary, creative and beautiful food. Other times, it's the restaurants themselves that are just well, strange. Here, Food & Wine presents the world's weirdest restaurants.

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  • A380 In-Flight Kitchen; Taipei, Taiwan

    This Taipei spot replicates the in-flight experience with an interior designed to look like an airplane cabin with servers dressed like flight attendants who wheel around food and beverage carts. <strong><a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-airport-dining-spots" target="_hplink">Plus: Best Airport Dining Spots</a></strong> <em>Courtesy of Victor Wong</em>

  • Fortezza Medicea Restaurant; Volterra, Italy

    In Italy one of the toughest restaurants to get into is this oddly situated one, set inside a prison and staffed almost entirely by inmates (don't worry, the cutlery is plastic). One reason for the waits of up to two months is that it's hugely popular; the other is that every diner needs to be screened by Rome's Ministry of Justice. <strong><a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/roman-dishes" target="_hplink">Plus: Delicious Roman Recipes</a></strong> <em>Courtesy of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2007 / Nick Cornish</em>

  • Modern Toilet; Taipei, Taiwan

    The original toilet-themed restaurant in Taipei has been so wildly successful that a dozen branches have opened across Taiwan. At all of them, diners are seated on standard-sized toilets and eat out of miniature ones. Drinks, though, are served in tiny urinals. <strong><a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/japanese" target="_hplink">Plus: 10 Fabulous Japanese Recipes</a></strong> <em>Courtesy of Knoizki</em>

  • Medieval Times; Kissimmee, Florida

    This restaurant chain with nine locations across the U.S. and Canada takes theme dining to epically grand proportions. All restaurants resemble castles, host jousting tournaments, and follow dining etiquette from the 11th century (no silverware). The Kissimmee, Florida outpost is even surrounded by a moat. <strong><a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/weirdest-regional-foods" target="_hplink">Plus: America's Weirdest Regional Food</a></strong> <em>Courtesy of Medieval Times</em>

  • Clinic; Singapore

    At this Singaporean hospital-themed restaurant and club, the rooms are pill-shaped, and the seating is on golden wheelchairs and metal hospital beds that have been converted into banquettes. <strong><a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/americas-weirdest-theme-hotels" target="_hplink">Plus: America's Weirdest Theme Hotels</a></strong> <em>Courtesy of The Clinic</em>

  • Christon Café; Tokyo

    Stained glass windows, Virgin Mary statues and paintings of Jesus Christ fill this irreverent Tokyo spot inspired by the Catholic Church. Diners listen to organ music while eating <em>izakaya</em> (Japanese small plates) and ordering off a coffin-shaped beverage list. <strong><a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/worlds-scariest-foods" target="_hplink">Plus: World's Scariest Foods</a></strong> <em>Courtesy of Damon Anderson</em>

  • Neko JaLaLa; Tokyo

    The tiny apartments and abundance of pet-restricted buildings in Tokyo have given rise to numerous cat cafés across the city. At Neko JaLaLa, visitors can choose from a simple coffee and tea menu and pet the eight freely roaming cats. <strong><a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/worlds-weirdest-food-festivals" target="_hplink">Plus: World's Weirdest Food Festivals</a></strong> <em>Courtesy of vlazygirl</em>

 

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