Restauranteurs on this list have really taken customer amusement to another level to give you the most unique dining experience with their interesting concepts. Want to ramp up the thrill quotient in your life? Here is a list of the most unique restaurants across India, and we're here to tell you all about them!
1. New Lucky Restaurant, Ahmedabad
This unique restaurant in Ahmedabad can be rated as one of the weirdest restaurants in the world. New Lucky restaurant has a graveyard theme, with tables placed around coffins and graves. When it started out 50 years ago in the Lal Darwaja locality, it was a graveyard where a renowned Sufi saint and his relatives were buried. Krishnan Kutti, the owner, respectfully chose not to disturb any of the coffins and built a seating arrangement along with tables around them. So while many were appalled by the idea, he believes that dining in the presence of these graves has actually worked out better for their business!
Cost for two: ₹ 300 | Open in Google Maps
2. Bombay To Barcelona, Mumbai
Bombay To Barcelona, a library cafe, opened its gates to the public on 15 August 2017 with the idea of social acceptance in mind. Amin Shiekh, who knows her way through a rough lifestyle, started this cafe to provide a safe and comfortable environment for people from all socio-economic backgrounds. The eatery is entirely run by volunteers, who are usually street kids, in an effort to keep them employed and banish any kind of discrimination against them. At this comfortable spot in Andheri, you can enjoy reading a good book as you sip some a steaming cup of coffee with some scrumptious snacks. This cafe is a true magnet for all the avid readers in town!
Cost for two: ₹ 500 | Open in Google Maps
3. Kaidi Kitchen, Chennai
Another strong contender amongst the most bizarre restaurants in the country stands Kaidi Kitchen that has interiors that resemble prison cells. When you dine here, you will find the staff dressed as jail superintendents and some as inmates. The unique restaurant serves delicious vegetarian dishes in Mexican, Italian, Thai, and Indian cuisines. The most thrilling part about dining here is that on arrival, you are instantly handcuffed and are given an insight around the number of crimes happening and how they are protected. You can even try on a 'kaidi uniform' if you wish!
Cost for two: ₹ 1,500 | Open in Google Maps
4. 3D UFO Lounge Bar, Mumbai
A revolving restaurant, lounge and a bar, the ambience in this place really do make you feel like you're out of space. The bright hues of blue and white lighting give your senses an alien effect and might make you feel spaced out. But you can surely land back on Earth with the extensive bar menu and delectable food of the varied menu.
Cost for two: ₹ 800 | Open in Google Maps
5. Tihar Food Court / Tihar Kitchen, Delhi
The Tihar jail that houses several prison inmates in the Tilak Nagar area, New Delhi, is known for the efforts the prison authorities make for the growth of the inmates. As a remarkable rehabilitation programme for the prisoners, the Tihar Food Court in the periphery of the jail complex is managed and run by the prison inmates to serve great fast food. Convicts are employed as waiters and staff at the restaurant who serve meals that have been praised by many, especially appreciating the polite service of the staff. Being served by convicts surely counts as a rather unique experience while you contribute to restoring the lives of the prisoners!
Cost for two: ₹ 300 | Open in Google Maps
6. Nature's Toilet Cafe, Ahmedabad
India's first-ever toilet-themed restaurant, Nature's Toilet Cafe in Ahemdabad, has customers comfortable (we guess?) on commodes instead of the typical, mundane chairs. The restaurant has a 'Toilet Garden' around it which boasts of a collection of more than twenty lavatories and urinals which date as far back as the 1950s. The founder Jayesh Patel, son of Ishwarbhai Patel who established the toilet garden, is strangely called 'Baby Toilet' because of this weird legacy. The signboard outside the washroom even carries a comical sign that reads "Haash!"!
At this restaurant, you get paid ₹ 2 every time you use the loo! | Open in Google Maps
7. Veli Lake Floating Restaurant, Trivandrum
Kerala has a lot to offer with its lagoons and backwaters, but this particular restaurant steals the spotlight. As the name suggests, this is a floating restaurant constructed in the middle of a lake. In fact, the villagers of Veli established an entire village in the middle of the lake and this eatery is a part of the village. It is beautifully surrounded by nature on all sides and serves fresh food prepared from the local produce of the village. This would count as a top recommendation for all nature enthusiasts who are longing to soak themselves in the serene, green landscape.
8. Seva Cafe, Ahemdabad
The main ideology that this restaurant promotes is community service and empathy. To be a part of this stance, all you have to do is to pay for someone else's meal. Seva Cafe has a unique policy of having you pay for the previous customer's meal. It also encourages its customers to help out in any other way they wish to do. This cafe in Ahmedabad comes with a cause of promoting kindness in this rather harsh world. You can enjoy a wholesome meal at this cafe and learn about giving without any expectations. Of course, the only expectation from you here is to pay someone else's dues to keep the charitable or 'seva' chain going.
Cost for two: ₹ 200 | Open in Google Maps
9. Ciclo Cafe, Chennai
With its interiors decorated by various cycle parts, the Ciclo Cafe will take you back to the days when riding a bicycle with a group of friends was all it took to make you happy. The unique and elegant ambience not only stages great cycle models but also has furniture made from recycled parts of old bicycles, as an eco-friendly initiative. While there are several fancy sports car enthusiasts, this is the best place for cyclists to feel at home!
Cost for two: ₹ 1,100 | Open In Google Maps