Calling all food lovers – Here is a list of the most exotic, amazing and spectacular restaurants in the world. Definite additions to your bucket list!
1. Ithaa, Maldives – The world’s only undersea restaurant
A fine dining restaurant located beneath the sea—perhaps the most unusual dining setting of them all! Welcome to the The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant situated off the Rangali Island in the Maldives, located 5 metres below sea level.
A spiral staircase in a thatched pavilion at the end of a jetty leads to the restaurant, leading diners literally into a different world! This is the only undersea restaurant in the world, making it a must add to your bucket list! Do ensure you book at least a fortnight in advance—with capacity to accommodate only 14 diners, Ithaa fills up pretty quickly!
2. Jonah’s Sydney – best accessed by seaplane
Imagine a restaurant, spectacularly located at the edge of a cliff—which can be best accessed by a sea plane ride. Jonah’s, one of Sydney’s most fabulous restaurants, truly offers a meal to remember. Hop onboard a chartered seaplane from Sydney and enjoy a spectacular half an hour ride with stunning views of the city and its beaches. Land at Palm Beach for a transfer to Jonah’s.
When you get to Jonah’s, be prepared to be greeted by a breathtaking view of the sea—a sweeping beach, the blue Pacific Ocean and not a person in sight. How perfect is that?
3. Labassin, San Pablo City, Philippines – Dine at the edge of a waterfall
Dining at the edge of a waterfall is truly a special experience—and the Labassin Waterfalls Restaurant in San Pablo City, Philippines lets you do exactly that. Quaint bamboo tables are placed just inches away from the gushing waters of the Labassin Waterfalls.
Guests are encouraged to take their shoes off and let the sparkling water wet their feet. In fact, guests may eat their entire meal while leaning against the waterfall (or lying in the waterfall) if they so wish. Don’t miss the local treats at the restaurant—the fish, curry meats and rice makes for a hearty treat against a gorgeous backdrop!
4. The Rock, Zanzibar – In the middle of the ocean
Your heart has got to skip a beat when you see The Rock restaurant in Zanzibar. Poised on a massive rock that rises from the Indian Ocean off the shore of the Michanwi Pingwe Beach in Zanzibar—this is a very special location indeed! Diners can reach The Rock by boat (during high tide) or amble through ankle deep seawater (during low tide).
Thanks to its priceless position, The Rock boasts of stunning views of the sea all around—vivid ocean hues that seem to sparkle in the sunlight! Enjoy a wonderful meal of local, fresh seafood. The Rock is magnificent at sunset—don’t miss the spectacular hues. Alternately, if you happen to be in Zanzibar on a full moon night, The Rock is a perfect place to go!
5. Solo Per Due, Italy – A restaurant for two (only)
Solo Per Due (“Only for Two”) prides itself on being the world’s smallest restaurant. With just one table that caters to two special guests, Solo Per Due is an unforgettable experience. The restaurant is located inside a beautiful 19th century building, housed on the grounds of a historical Roman villa. With a beautiful décor that takes you back in time (Large armchairs with intricate tapestry, lavish carpets and a fireplace crackling in the background) the ambience is almost magical.
Tuck into a hearty meal made from the freshest local produce. Local specialties such as sheep’s cheese, wild mushrooms and extra virgin olive oil all feature in the cooking. Needless to say, there’s room only for two at Solo Per Due—so early reservations are a must!
6. Snow Restaurant, Finland – Made entirely of ice!
The exquisite Snow Restaurant in Kemi, Finland, located inside the massive Snow Castle Hotel, is truly a wonder. Snow Castle operates for only four months every year, before melting away—only to be rebuilt the next year. Interestingly, The Snow Castle is built in a different design every year, allowing local constructors to showcase their ice sculpting skills.
You will be struck by wonder as you step into The Snow Restaurant—light reflecting off the icy walls creates a mystical, magical aura. Spectacular snow sculptures add delicate beauty to the setting. The temperature is maintained at -5 degrees Celsius, so warm clothes and gloves are mandatory. Settle into your seating (blocks of carved ice covered with reindeer skin) and proceed to enjoy a meal of a lifetime!
This article was first published in the ‘Happy Flying’ in-flight magazine in August 2014.