From fine dining and fast food to gastropubs and bars, there’s no shortage of places to eat these days. So you might as well make things interesting on occasion. And we don’t mean like trying that Chinese-Guatemalan taco place down the street. We mean like trying that one restaurant where you eat sushi off a naked woman’s body. Or that other one where you dine 400 feet underground. In a salt mine. In Poland. So let’s get to it. Here are the 11 weirdest restaurants in the world.
1. Modern Toilet, Taiwan: It’s a restaurant where all the chairs are toilets. Much of the dishes are miniature toilets. And the food... well, it doesn’t always look too appetizing. But the quality is surprisingly decent, and over the years this bathroom-themed restaurant has become a cult favorite in Taipei, and has since expanded throughout Taiwan.
2. Cabbages and Condoms, Bangkok: “Our food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy.” That’s what greets you on the website. Once inside the actual restaurant—which was started to promote and raise funds for family planning—you’ll be greeted by condom-heavy décor, including a few life-size figures made up entirely of condoms. There’s a gift shop selling more condoms, and instead of taking a mint on your way out the door, you take... yeah.
3. Heart Attack Grill, Las Vegas: Visiting a restaurant called Heart Attack Grill is like going to a bar called Cirrhosis Tavern. Once inside, you’re given a hospital gown and greeted by ladies dressed as nurses. Said ladies will spank you if you don’t finish your meal. And such meals might be composed of the 20,000-calorie Octuple Bypass Burger sporting 40 slices of bacon, plus a side of onion rings deep-fried in pure lard. If you’re thirsty, wine comes in IV bags. Oh, and if you’re over 350 pounds, you eat for free. So... that’s something to strive for.
4. Twin Stars, Moscow: Here’s a unique concept. Take a person, then take an identical person, hire them both, ensure they dress alike, and there’s your restaurant. That’s basically what’s happening at Twin Stars, a Moscow eatery that only hires twins. It was inspired by Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors, a 1960s Soviet movie about a girl who discovers her exact opposite while looking into the mirror. Anyway, if you have a couple drinks and think you’re seeing double, you are.
5. Izakaya Kayabuki, Japan: Step inside this traditional sake house, and you’ll soon be greeted by your server, who is an actual, honest-to-god monkey. They’ve been trained to bring hot towels, fetch beers and otherwise help around the restaurant. And for tips, they take soybeans. What’s 20 percent of a check in soybeans?
6. Dinner in the Sky, Various Locations: It’s best if you’re not afraid of heights for this one. Because rather than a glass-walled restaurant situated atop a high-rise building, in this case, there is no building. Or even walls. Instead you’re seated on an open platform that’s suspended in the air by a crane. You’re belted in for obvious reasons, and the menu varies from dinner to dinner, as this Belgium-based concept has visited more than 40 cities across the world.
7. Miners’ Tavern, Poland: Located more than 400 feet underground, here we’ve got a restaurant inside of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Head down the mine shaft and you’ll find subterranean lakes, statues formed from salt and meandering corridors. After all that, you’ll be hungry for some cabbage soup and dumplings.
8. Alcatraz ER, Japan: The infamous San Francisco prison is also a themed restaurant in Japan. One that’s taking a prison hospital interpretation of things with drinks served in IV bags, Erlenmeyer flasks or a mannequin’s head. But don’t leave before dinner, because that may consist of a terrifying red omelet that resembles a human liver or, perhaps our favorite dish name of all time, Boobs Fried Rice.
9. Ninja New York, NYC: Do you like Japanese-American fusion? How about Sapporo? And feudal Japan? Great. Then you’ll enjoy this place, which was recreated to depict a subterranean ninja village complete with dungeon-like rooms. After dinner, enjoy a magic show. Just keep your head on a swivel, because somewhere lurks a sword-wielding ninja who might jump out from behind a corner or descend from a ceiling to scare you.
10. Montreal Body Sushi, Montreal: There are many ways to eat sushi. The most common involves a plate, a wooden tray, maybe a boat... But here you eat from a naked woman’s body. Well, mostly naked, as there are some strategically placed adornments. The practice is called Nyotaimori. But you just focus on that chopsticks dexterity as you pluck some sushi and sashimi off an actual person.
11. Dans Le Noir, Various Locations: If you’re just not quite ready to meet that blind date, here’s a compromise. Take them to Dans Le Noir, where you dine in the dark. Like, literally the dark. Pitch black. You cannot see. It’s supposed to heighten your senses so that you better enjoy your food, and it’s proved popular enough to expand from its original Paris location to also inhabit London, Barcelona and St Petersburg. There’s no official statistic on facial injuries due to misplaced forks, but we’re rooting for you.