EATING WAAAAAY OUTSeptember 16, 2012
If you’re signed up to our emails, you’ll already know about Beijing’s toilet themed restaurant, House of Poo Poo. But how about eating out, hospital style? We’re not talking nasty jelly and vegetable mush – heading to Hospitalis in Latvia brings medical dining to a whole new level. Think a mixture of fetishism and horror – being spoonfed in a straight jacket or cutting your own food with scalpels and drinking out of hospital beakers. Some of the cakes are even decorated with sweetie body parts. Severed finger anyone? If you’ve ever thought that perhaps dinner’s just not exciting enough, why not spice it up a bit and suspend you and your table fifty feet in the air? Dinner in the Sky operates in 40 countries, hoisting guests, chef and waiter off terra firma for a meal like no other. If you’re in Beirut, we hear Buns and Guns – slogan, ‘Sandwiches can kill you.’ – is a mad place to go. Complete with helicopter sounds and a menu made up of M16 Carbine Meat Sandwich, Mortar Burger and even a Terrorist Meal, it sounds… banging..? Now we visit Japan, where the Nyotaimori tradition of eating food from a naked woman’s body is taken one step further by making a body shape out of food then is then cut into and eaten by eager diners. Could you do it? This is nothing compared to Mao Sugiyama who had his own genitals removed and then cooked them and served them to five guests in a trendy Japanese restaurant. Yeesch! Less coitus-based eating from Bangkok’s Cabbages and Condoms, who hand out prophylactics instead of mints after meals. And at the other end of the spectrum is Kinderkook Café in Amsterdam where kids cook and serve the food as part of a learning experience. Dans le noir offer a pitch black dining experience in Europe and the US, led by blind waiters. One Urban worker says that upon being taken inside, all guests were immediately asked not to remove their clothes. Head to Dick’s Last Resort in the US to be bullied by its intentionally rude staff, or Inamo in London where you dispense with waiters entirely and order through touch screens. Similarly, Le Train Gourmand in France has tiny trains bring you your food. Lastly, here’s a few food facts to brighten/ruin your day. Ketchup was apparently created for use as a drug, not a condiment. The fructose in an apple is a more effective, less unhealthy way of waking yourself up in the morning than coffee (kind of misses the point though, right?). You can make dynamite out of peanuts. Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved anchovies.