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Cabbages and Condoms, anyone? The most unusual restaurants around the world

Updated : 2019-06-14 21:48:39

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” Author George Bernard Shaw had famously said, an idiom that all foodies and gourmands would clap along with. The caveman grilled his meat and tore it. The Romans did eat the dormice (a rodent); the rich in medieval England preferred the cooked animals served intact, with heads, feet and tails; people happily pay $ 63,000 for a pound of ambergris (intestinal slurry of a sperm whale); the French had Rôti Sans Pareil, a dish consisting of no less than 17 birds stuffed inside one another. Humans have strange food habits. And a few strange restaurants. Here are a few from around the world.

Cabbages & Condoms (Chiang Rai, Thailand): On the signboard are smiling pink & green condoms; at the entrance a board that reads: Our food is guaranteed to not cause pregnancy; there’s a framed condom compendium; and ‘sorry, there are no mints, take a condom instead’ is the parting gift. A non-profit founded by a former Thai public health official, Cabbages & Condoms is not about scrumptious food; its quirkiness and safe sex awareness bring people to its wooden benches.
Cabbages & Condoms (Chiang Rai, Thailand): On the signboard are smiling pink & green condoms; at the entrance a board that reads: Our food is guaranteed to not cause pregnancy; there’s a framed condom compendium; and ‘sorry, there are no mints, take a condom instead’ is the parting gift. A non-profit founded by a former Thai public health official, Cabbages & Condoms is not about scrumptious food; its quirkiness and safe sex awareness bring people to its wooden benches.
Toilet Restaurant (Taipei, Taiwan): In Taipei, food adventure can slip to the john. Literally. There’s a toilet-themed restaurant where lights are shaped like poop, curry is served on toilet-shaped plates, drinks come in plastic urinals and desserts have scatty names: Diarrhea with dried droppings (chocolate), bloody poop (strawberry), green dysentery (kiwi). Painted WC lids hang on the walls, a bathtub serves as a table and sorry, no chairs. Everyone sits on stylish acrylic shit-pots. In Modern Toilet, edible excretions are the idea of a great dinner. It’s dinner on a john!
Toilet Restaurant (Taipei, Taiwan): In Taipei, food adventure can slip to the john. Literally. There’s a toilet-themed restaurant where lights are shaped like poop, curry is served on toilet-shaped plates, drinks come in plastic urinals and desserts have scatty names: Diarrhea with dried droppings (chocolate), bloody poop (strawberry), green dysentery (kiwi). Painted WC lids hang on the walls, a bathtub serves as a table and sorry, no chairs. Everyone sits on stylish acrylic shit-pots. In Modern Toilet, edible excretions are the idea of a great dinner. It’s dinner on a john!
Nobel Prize Restaurant (Stockholm, Sweden): In Stockholm, even an ordinary Joe can be Nobel-fed. In the city where the Nobel Prize is awarded every year on December 10, one can enjoy all of the Nobel banquet menus from the past in Stadshuskällaren restaurant. In the world’s only restaurant to serve Nobel menus, one can order any menu from 1901 to the present - the 1901 Filet de bœuf à limpériale; Poularde Massenet and Chaufroix de cailles Lucullus Salade in 1913, the year Rabindranath Tagore won a Nobel; Tortue clair en tasse in 1930 when Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman brought home the laurel for physics; sandwiches of 1947…(Photographed here is a Nobel Banquet. Photo courtesy: Images Bank, Sweden)
Nobel Prize Restaurant (Stockholm, Sweden): In Stockholm, even an ordinary Joe can be Nobel-fed. In the city where the Nobel Prize is awarded every year on December 10, one can enjoy all of the Nobel banquet menus from the past in Stadshuskällaren restaurant. In the world’s only restaurant to serve Nobel menus, one can order any menu from 1901 to the present - the 1901 Filet de bœuf à limpériale; Poularde Massenet and Chaufroix de cailles Lucullus Salade in 1913, the year Rabindranath Tagore won a Nobel; Tortue clair en tasse in 1930 when Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman brought home the laurel for physics; sandwiches of 1947…(Photographed here is a Nobel Banquet. Photo courtesy: Images Bank, Sweden)
Cowboy Cuisine (Fort Worth, USA): Fort Worth has worthy stories. John F Kennedy delivered his last speech before the assassination; crooks Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid roamed its streets; the Longhorn cattle with 70-inch horns parade in the evening and it has the world’s only Cowgirl Museum. But it is the cowboys that everyone comes for. Cowboy cuisine - three-bean casserole with crispy bacon; seared bison strip loin; chilli-rubbed flank steak - so reminiscent of the old world cowboys.
Cowboy Cuisine (Fort Worth, USA): Fort Worth has worthy stories. John F Kennedy delivered his last speech before the assassination; crooks Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid roamed its streets; the Longhorn cattle with 70-inch horns parade in the evening and it has the world’s only Cowgirl Museum. But it is the cowboys that everyone comes for. Cowboy cuisine - three-bean casserole with crispy bacon; seared bison strip loin; chilli-rubbed flank steak - so reminiscent of the old world cowboys.
Museum Artefacts as food (Taipei, Taiwan): When you step into the yellow and white Chinese-style building topped with green roofs, precious artefacts can swirl in your mind. Not in your stomach? Wrong. The National Palace Museum in Taipei has the world’s largest collection of Chinese art and you can actually eat a few of them. The 9-course Imperial Treasures tasting menu resembles some of the museum’s most precious exhibits - Jadeite Cabbage made from, well, cabbage, with the tiniest shrimp to represent the locust; Braised pork knuckle broiled for 2 hours in secret sauce (scallions, soy, & others) which is inspired by Qing dynasty’s Meat-Shaped Stone; Steamed bitter melon stuffed with shrimp, in oyster sauce which looks exactly like the White Jade Branch of Elegant Lychee.
Museum Artefacts as food (Taipei, Taiwan): When you step into the yellow and white Chinese-style building topped with green roofs, precious artefacts can swirl in your mind. Not in your stomach? Wrong. The National Palace Museum in Taipei has the world’s largest collection of Chinese art and you can actually eat a few of them. The 9-course Imperial Treasures tasting menu resembles some of the museum’s most precious exhibits - Jadeite Cabbage made from, well, cabbage, with the tiniest shrimp to represent the locust; Braised pork knuckle broiled for 2 hours in secret sauce (scallions, soy, & others) which is inspired by Qing dynasty’s Meat-Shaped Stone; Steamed bitter melon stuffed with shrimp, in oyster sauce which looks exactly like the White Jade Branch of Elegant Lychee.
The Carnivore (Nairobi, Kenya): Often touted as the world’s largest game meat restaurant, the Carnivore in Nairobi is what’s best called the Beast of a Feast and has featured twice in the world’s 50 best restaurants awards. The roasting pit is so gigantic that it could barbecue the population of an entire jungle. The menu has meat from every animal that is not on the endangered list. Kebabs come skewered in Masai spears and the buffet is all you can eat. When you are done, lower the flag on the table. If not, they will keep serving bull’s testicles, rump steak, wild cuts of local ostrich, crocodile...
The Carnivore (Nairobi, Kenya): Often touted as the world’s largest game meat restaurant, the Carnivore in Nairobi is what’s best called the Beast of a Feast and has featured twice in the world’s 50 best restaurants awards. The roasting pit is so gigantic that it could barbecue the population of an entire jungle. The menu has meat from every animal that is not on the endangered list. Kebabs come skewered in Masai spears and the buffet is all you can eat. When you are done, lower the flag on the table. If not, they will keep serving bull’s testicles, rump steak, wild cuts of local ostrich, crocodile...
Prison Restaurant (Helsinki, Finland): Hotel Katajanokka. The name is a tongue twister, so just remember a restaurant inside a former prison. No, you do not wear the stripes and there are no handcuffs, but Helsinki’s Linnankellari restaurant is housed in the cafeteria of a former detention centre. The windows are small, the furnishing blue and the cuisine Finnish-Scandi. Order a Jail Burger or Prison’s Solyanka (fish, shrimps & sour cream). Peep into their unusual asparagus menu and 7 Flavours from the prison starters for Group Menu.
Prison Restaurant (Helsinki, Finland): Hotel Katajanokka. The name is a tongue twister, so just remember a restaurant inside a former prison. No, you do not wear the stripes and there are no handcuffs, but Helsinki’s Linnankellari restaurant is housed in the cafeteria of a former detention centre. The windows are small, the furnishing blue and the cuisine Finnish-Scandi. Order a Jail Burger or Prison’s Solyanka (fish, shrimps & sour cream). Peep into their unusual asparagus menu and 7 Flavours from the prison starters for Group Menu.
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