News Column Takes You on a Bizarre Culinary Tour of the World

Sep 18 2012 12:00AM


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BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/18/12 --, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, takes culinary travel to the extreme. The travel experts at Cheapflights serve up their list of the Top 10 Weirdest Restaurants around the world. These bizarre restaurants cater to those looking for an out-of-this-world adventure of the senses.

Reserve a table at one of these five restaurants to make's Top 10 Weirdest Restaurants and let the way your meal is served -- whether by robots, prison inmates or the blind -- give you great travel tales and memories:

Opaque - Los Angeles, California, USA - Fair warning: This restaurant is not recommended for diners with deep fears of the dark. With locations now in LA, San Fran, San Diego, New York and Dallas, Opaque is America's take on "Dining in the Dark," a concept that's enticed diners in Europe for years. Guests order in a well-lit lounge, and then are escorted to a pitch-black dining room, where they are guided by blind or visually impaired servers through a specially prepared meal. Past patrons insist that the fully-dark experience enhances their senses, pushing them to experience the meal with a greater appreciation for the taste, touch, and smell of the cuisine.

A380 - Chongqing, China - For the jetsetters (and wannabes) whose idea of a good time is eating high-class food while soaring far above the clouds, there is A380 in Chongqing, China. Named for the double-decker Airbus plane of the same model (the largest passenger airliner in the world), the novelty restaurant is laid out like the luxurious interior of an idyllic airliner fuselage and features waitresses dressed as stewardesses who deliver top-notch food on the requisite plastic trays.

Fortezza Medicea - Volterra, Italy - You won't want to send a dish back at this high-security restaurant. Fortezza Medicea, located in the Medici Fortress in the Tuscan town of Volterra, started as a simple rehabilitation plan for prison inmates, and has evolved into one of the area's most in-demand restaurants. Convicted chefs and waiters serve up delicious food night after night, all while serving time. Understandably so, diners must undergo security checks weeks in advance and can only eat with plastic utensils. But despite the tough price of admission, diners rave about the food -- and the service.

Hajime Robot Restaurant - Bangkok, Thailand - Here's the thing about robots: they're awesome. What's even better is when they serve you food. At Hajime Robot Restaurant in Bangkok, owner Lapassarad Thanaphant has invested close to a million dollars in robots that take orders, serve food, clear tables and dance. (The extra entertainment is especially great for younger diners!) You won't find curry or pad thai at this bustling establishment; the high-tech waiters serve traditional Japanese food and barbecue.

's Baggers - Nuremberg, Germany - It may be a German restaurant, but the French father of science fiction, Jules Verne, would be mighty proud. There are no human waiters at 's Baggers in Nuremberg. Instead, diners punch in their orders on touch screens, then wait and watch as their food is delivered through a network of spiraling railways and conveyor belts. The fare is grounded in traditional German staples (think potato- and sausage-centric dishes), but the experience is otherworldly.

Dining experiences with settings as unforgettable as they are unconventional can be found at the following restaurants that round out our list: Modern Toilet - Taipei, Taiwan; Dinner in the Sky - Various locations; Ithaa Undersea Restaurant - Rangali Island, Maldives; CLINK - Boston, Massachusetts; and Disaster Café - Lloret de Mar, Spain. To read more about these out of the ordinary eateries, check out's complete list of the Top 10 Weirdest Restaurants at

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