5 Unique Eats Around the World
What makes a holiday memorable for you? An awesome view from a fancy hotel? Getting a pic in front of a famous landmark? For me – it’s the food.
Whether I’m chowing down on gumbo in New Orleans or smashing some lobster taquitos 38 floors up at Sushi Samba, food is always a key ingredient for creating those unforgettable holiday moments. And it’s not just about the food itself: it’s the experience.
Got an appetite for travel? These five out-of-this-world eats should satisfy your cravings.
Dinner in the Sky (worldwide)
If you’re looking for the best table in town, it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll find it at Dinner in the Sky. Imagine being suspended 50 metres above the ground, taking in the scenery as you enjoy top-notch cuisine prepared by a renowned chef. Sounds a bit fancy, eh? With only 22 guests being catered to during each service, you’re guaranteed a seat at one of the most exclusive dinner parties in the world.
Dinner in the Sky network operates in 45 countries with Croatia, Austria and Latvia just some of the choice locations the experience landed in 2015. Dates and availability are always limited so be sure to keep an eye out for the next opening.
With ninjas ready to pounce at any moment and food presented with theatrical flair, this underground Tribeca eatery has made its mark in a city teeming with must-do dining destinations.
Start by taking an elevator down to a labyrinth of pathways, make your way through the ancient Japanese village to your private dojo, then settle in for one heck of a show. The menu is a modern fusion of east and west with sushi, steak, salads, sake and signature Ninja Star cocktails just some of the highlights.
Do you like your meals BIG? The food and drink on offer at XXXXXL Restaurant deserve the capital letters because if you’re taking on a one kilogram schnitzel then washing it down with a one litre cocktail – you be crazy! You can order “normal-sized” portions here, too, but why would you do that when you’ve got the opportunity to devour a hamburger bigger than your head?
Epic. Extreme. Insane. Just do it.
BLOGGER’S TIP: XXXXXL is cash only. Their strict no-card policy even gets a mention in their FAQs page and goes a little something like this when translated:
Can one with you pay with cards (like last time)?
No. Unfortunately, there was no last time. Never.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… jafflechute?!
It’s no secret that George Colombaris’ Hellenic Republic has become one of my fave haunts in Melbourne since I wrote this post, but the idea of sinking my teeth into a toasted cheese sandwich that’s just fallen from the sky has me equally keen to make my way south.
Jafflechute is Melbourne’s first ‘float-down eatery’ and has no set address. You simply follow the team on Twitter and wait for the next drop to be announced, pay for your order on PayPal, and select a “delivery” time. On the drop date you stand on the ‘X’ marked outside the mystery location and wait for a brown paper bag with your name on it to be parachuted down to you. Amazing!
U Krale Brabantskeho (Tavern Brabant)
The 600-year-old Tavern Brabant in Prague offers one of the most authentic medieval dining experiences in Europe with its massive wooden tables, dingy lighting and skulls hanging overhead.
I can vouch for the deliciousness of the menu (Baked Honey Pork Ribs, anyone?) and fantastic atmosphere. Your food and drinks are slammed on your table by characters from ye olde times and it’s easy to slip into middle ages mode as you say ‘na zdravi’ over some steins and tackle the seriously massive portions.
BLOGGER’S TIP: If you’re looking for some entertainment after dark, book in for the Medieval Programme to eat amongst belly dancers, fire twirlers and swordsmen. It’s on every Tuesday through Saturday from 7pm to 10pm.