The far corners of the world possess some of the most illustrious dining experiences few of us will get a chance to experience firsthand.
These are six of the most exotic restaurants in the world that offer something a little more magical than your average restaurant.
1. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Rangali Island, Maldives
This underwater restaurant rests five meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean, burrowed within a beautiful, colorful seascape. Ithaa opened in 2005 as the very first underwater restaurant, and it’s now surely one of the world’s most famous restaurants. This restaurant specializes in Maldivian cuisine, and the average price of a lunch for two people is about $120.
2. Labassin Waterfall Restaurant
Villa Escudero, Philippines
You’ll definitely have to dress appropriately for this wild dining experience! You’ll be sitting on the cusp of a waterfall, just feet away from the rushing water. Diners enjoy a kamayan-style feast, which is a communal method of eating without plates or silverware. A massive table is piled with traditional fried fish, pan-fried bok choy, barbecued chicken, and pork skewers.
3. Dining Pod Restaurant
You likely won’t experience a dinner like this again—you’ll be nestled in a small bamboo pod and suspended under a tree canopy on the edge of the pristine Thai coastline. The pod holds up to four guests, who enter the pod at ground level and are then hoisted up.
Guests enjoy spectacular views as they wait for the servers to zip-line toward them with imaginative, Thai-inspired cuisine. Some of the popular menu items include banana and taro chips and a baked white fish with lime and salsa verde.
4. Singapore Flyer
Feast your eyes upon one of the most incredible urban landscapes in the world from the largest Ferris wheel on Earth. The top of the Ferris wheel measures 165 meters, so you may be worried about how you’ll enjoy your meal in a rotating metal wheel—worry not, because it takes the wheel an hour and a half to make one rotation.
You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the Flyer’s signature dishes, which includes sautéed lobster, and local Cantonese dishes. The restaurant also accommodates vegetarians.
5. Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant
Diani Beach, Kenya
Dining in this ancient 120,000-year-old cave almost makes you feel as if you’re resting in the mouth of the Earth, preparing to be ejected into space. The light from the candles glows eerily against the rock face as you try to decide between the seafood and steak. The experience is sublime, and the food exquisite and certainly worth the hefty price tag.
6. Grotta Palazzese
Polignano a Mare, Italy
You would have to forgive yourself for thinking this restaurant is a scene out of an enchanted Disney movie—it’s a very real, very charming oasis within a four-star restaurant in Puglia. Their exclusive terrace restaurant rests above the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, offering a prismatic view of the coast of Italy. The chef, Felice Sgarra, offers two tasting menus and one à la carte menu, as well as a wine list of over 300 labels.
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