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Cannibal restaurants! What next?

Restaurants around the world serve food in some rather unappetising settings...

by: Remy Raitt | 01 Sep 2010

From cannibal restaurants in Germany and Brazil (yes really) to a prison-themed restaurant in Taiwan where you are served in a jail by actual inmates – themed restaurants are reeling in quirky and curious diners the world over. The Guardian's Marina O’Laughlin has shared some of the strangest themed foodie spots.

Shaka Zulu Restaurant

The one that caught our attention was the newest London venture -  Camden Town has paid homage to our very continent with the opening of their themed ‘Shaka Zulu’ restaurant. They promise to give the Brits an authentic taste of Africa with dishes like ostrich carpaccio, while surrounded in Zulu opulence. I wonder if leopard skins and bare breasts are the mandatory dress code?

It is not hard to imagine foreigners rekindling tales of their African safaris, munching on kudu steaks and over-overpriced pap, listening to authentic beats straight out of the ‘African jungle’ oblivious to the fact that real Zulu princes live in million dollar Sandton mansions and wear Gucci suits.

Read our ex-pat expert's review of Shaka Zulu here.

But ‘Shaka Zulu’ is probably one of the least ridiculous themed restaurants around the world.

Naked sushi

A London eatery decided that sushi is just not exciting enough and in order to stay ‘abreast’ of this foodie fad began serving the Japanese maki rolls nyotaimori style, which literally translates into “eating sushi off the body of a naked women”. Hmm, tasty.

If the nyotaimori theme made your stomach curl, do not read on because restaurants like Marton in Taipei will literally send you to the loo. Marton translates into “a modern toilet diner”. Here customers sit on chairs shaped like bogs, while munching sculpted chocolate ice cream, and if you think it can’t get more revolting then that, it can… the bowls are shaped like mini toilets too.

And if potty humour isn’t your thing, and you like to take things more seriously – like dead seriously– then perhaps the Ukraine’s Eternity would be more your thing. Although it has closed the restaurant was located in the world’s largest coffin. I heard the food was to die for…

“Also unsurprisingly out of business is Sehnsucht (Longing), the Berlin outfit that catered for, yes, anorexics,” O’ Laughlin quips in her article.

Please guys, keep themes fun and save them for your kids' birthday parties. That goes for restaurant owners too.

What wacky restaurant would you like to visit?

Read more on: germany  |  ukraine  |  london  |  taiwan  |  sushi

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