Far out Friday: The world’s dumbest places to eat

by 13 Dec 2013
Sick of going to the same old boring restaurant for your meetings or work functions? Ever wish you could be enjoying the tranquillity of dining during a 7.8 magnitude earthquake? Or while surrounded by mewing, moulting felines? No? Well… best you give these places a miss then…

1. The Magic Restroom

Who says toilet-humour isn’t appropriate for the dinner table? Well, pretty much everybody. Except the owners of The Magic Restroom in Los Angeles. This eatery, based on bizarrely successful toilet-themed restaurants in Taiwan, serves its food in miniature toilet-shaped bowls, with meals often made to resemble… er… the contents of these bowls. Patrons sit on porcelain thrones and are surrounded by décor involving urinals and shower heads. Classy.

2. Kayabukiya Tavern

Pay peanuts and you get monkeys, and waitstaff at the Kayabukiya restaurant have good reason to be monkeying around – they’re actually primates. At this restaurant, monkeys serve customers hot towels before meals and take their drink orders in exchange for boiled soya beans as tips.

3. Cabbages and condoms

“The only restaurant in the world dedicated to birth control” boasts this Bangkok-based restaurant. Couldn’t possibly imagine why. Their catchy slogan reads “our food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy” and patrons are offered condoms in the place of mints on their way out the door.

4. Café des Chats

Yes, that is a hair in your soup. In fact, it’s a LOT of hairs. This Parisian café is famous for being home to over a dozen felines, designed to attract diners who are looking for cat companionship - minus the vet bills and kitty litter.

5. Dick’s last resort

After the owners failed spectacularly at opening a fine-dining restaurant, they decided to see how far they could go in the other direction – sloppy. Very sloppy. Patrons of Dick's are expected to be insulted, or placed in uncomfortable situations. There are no napkins on the tables - they are generally thrown at the customers by the serving staff. Maybe the monkeys weren’t such a bad option after all…

6. Disaster café

These Spanish entrepreneurs had a groundbreaking new idea: Allow diners to enjoy the experience of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake while they eat. Seems these guys have cracked the code to novelty dining.

7. New Lucky Restaurant

Ever waited so long for a meal you thought you might literally starve to death? At this Indian restaurant you’d be in good company. The New Lucky Restaurant in Ahmadabad, India, began as a tea stall outside a centuries-old Muslim cemetery, and grew to encompass it over the years. One grave is said to contain a 16th century Sufi saint.

8. Heart attack grill

Only in America can a person eat at a restaurant that gives you a free meal if you’re over 350 pounds. Menu items include a Double Bypass Burger and Flatliner Fries.

9. Cannibalistic Sushi

This restaurant takes the Japanese tradition of Nyotaimori – eating sushi and sashimi off a nearly naked woman’s body – to a whole new level. An edible body, with dough ‘skin’ and sauce ‘blood’ is wheeled into the room on a hospital gurney and placed upon a table. The hostess begins the meal by cutting into the body with a scalpel and then patrons dig in, operating on the body to reveal edible ‘organs’.

10. Dinner in the sky

This novel restaurant is taking fine-dining to new heights. A crane hoists its diners, tables and wait staff 150ft in the air. At least if you don't like your meal it's easy to dispose of...

This list was compiled with the help of TruTV and The Web Urbanist.

What’s the strangest place you’ve ever eaten? Share your thoughts below?