Eating out used to be all about the food on offer, but as diners get more demanding it isn’t enough for restaurants just to create tasty menus.
Competing for customers today means offering a whole eating experience including eye-catching entertainment, one-off cocktails and OTT themes – meaning and wacky restaurant trends are becoming the norm in cities around the globe.
A new TV show – World’s Weirdest Restaurants – has tracked down some of the craziest dining destinations with host Bob Bulmer eating his way through a selection of eccentric and extraordinary dishes.
Throughout the series – which starts on Wednesday – Bulmer tries out the tasty (or not) treats on offer at restaurants around the globe including Asian fusion cooking served up by Ninjas, a curry in a toilet bowl in Taipei, dining in the dark in Manhattan and drinks served by Taiwanese monkey.
There is even a restaurant just for dogs.
What they lack in Michelin stars they more than make up in atmosphere, unconventional décor and some traditional and rather left-of-centre menus.
As he tucks in to a hot pot serves in a miniature toilet bowl Bulmer says: ‘Everything you love about the bathroom is right at the dinner table.
‘This is crazy. I’m sitting here on a toilet seat about to eat over a sink, there are urinals on the walls.
‘It is definitely unique!’
The Opaque restaurant in Manhattan encourages eating in the dark to heighten diners’ other senses, while the Kagaya restaurant in Tokyo features burping glasses and nightly entertainment from Kermit-loving boss Mark Kagaya, pictured here with presenter Bulmer
The Modern Toilet restaurant in Taipei, Thailand features loos as chairs and sells big piles of chocolate cream styled to look like faeces, while right, in the Kayabuki Tavern in Tochigi, Japan two monkeys work as waiters