Sensory Experiences With Food
Imagine this. A van with tinted windows arrives to pick you up and leads you to the Ultraviolet restaurant. You are then taken to a building where you find ten chairs, and a long table in a space with white walls. While you eat, you are treated to some incredible pyrotechnics of lighting and projections on the walls and on the table. The venue has the equipment to distribute specific aromas at regular intervals during your meal to heighten the sense of smell. Ultraviolet&rsquos idea is to bluff you by serving you a dish which may appear as one thing but tastes like something else. What seems like bread from the outside can be the lemon-flavored meringue for all you know. This exclusive dinner gathering engages all your senses with a 22-course meal where the décor, setting, service, and visuals all work together.
Address Waitan, Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200002
Medical Equipment With Your Coffee
The atmosphere of the Brunson Café is peculiar indeed. This small restaurant is housed in a former clock tower built in the Gothic revival style in 1877. The structure was known for serving as a 19th-century chemical den where science and math were taught. The café&rsquos walls have displays of old medical equipment dating back to that period and a chemistry-themed menu &ndash a delight for all the science geeks out there. And they make espresso shots and coffee on bunsen burners.
Address Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Dining Out In A Prison
In Volterra, Italy, lies this eatery called The Fortezza Medicea, established in the Renaissance era. It houses a high-security jail for offenders sentenced to at least seven years, and accommodates 138 dinner guests for a meal for eight nights a year. As part of a rehabilitation programme, the prison&rsquos administration started running a restaurant inside the facility in 2006. Customers have to pass through many checkpoints and a background inspection before entering here. And tables having to be reserved months in advance. There is a timeline of dinners and events that can be attended at the restaurant every year between September and June. The guests dine inside a de-consecrated chapel behind the 60 ft-high walls, with watch towers, searchlights, and surveillance cameras.
Address Rampa di Castello, 4, 56048 Volterra PI, Italy