Have you ever thought about how and why the first restaurant came into being? The idea of the modern-day restaurant first appeared in Paris in the 18th century. In those times because of limited medical advancements, diet was a huge part of controlling health and thus for those who could not afford a private chef, restaurants were simply a way of keeping healthy.
The definition of the 21st century is not just limited to food. Today it’s all about providing a unique experience. We call these restaurants concept restaurants and restaurant owners have gone to lengths to provide this “unique experience.” Remember how in olden days (read simpler times), when you were about to visit a city, people used to tell you about the monuments that you must visit? Well, today the same can be said about restaurants. The restaurants below come highly recommended from people who crave for new experiences.
1. Kaidi Kitchen, Chennai – Get the feel of eating in a jail
Ever wondered how eating in a jail would feel like? Of course, who wouldn’t imagine going to jail at least once in their life! *duh-uh* Looks like this restaurant is built for two kinds of people – for the ones who have never been to jail AND for the ones who want to re-live their experience in jail. We cannot think of any other reason. With the staff dressed as inmates and jailers, it sure is an arresting experience.
2. Nature’s Toilet Cafe, Ahmedabad – Eat while you sit on a pot
Looks like a Sulabh Toilet Museum to me that serves food – it connects the two essential human body processes in the quirkiest way possible! Why do you ask? Maybe it’s for people who have a fetish for sitting on toilet seats and eating. *Imagination just got hijacked* This cafe owns a toilet garden which boasts a collection of more than twenty lavatories and urinals which date as far back as the 1950s. (Sulabh museum, we told you!)
3. New Lucky Restaurant, Ahmedabad – Waltzing with the dead for real
This restaurant functions in a place which was a graveyard. Bold, bold, bold, (many times bold) move! Not just this, there are graves that are present right INSIDE the restaurant. Why? Because the restaurant owner believes that the graves bring him good luck. Crowded and loved by all, enjoy their bun muskas while you chill around the dead and the living.
4. Taste of Darkness, Hyderabad – Learn to trust your food in absolute darkness
Now that we have so many concepts that went into restaurants, why not experience something that messes with our senses? *high-five for that rhyme* Getting back to business, you cannot see food here – you have to ‘experience’ food. In case you want to put your trust-issues to test, pay a visit. I just hope the kitchen is well-lit.
5. Tihar Food Court, Delhi- Experience a wholesome meal in South Asia’s largest prison complex
Made in the Azkaban of India, Tihar Jail runs a food court and the awesomesauce food is prepared by the inmates themselves. They wait tables, manage accounts and run the whole show. In case you want to chill out and encourage these inmates, visit the food court and experience something different.