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Curious Cuisine

London's most offbeat, out of the ordinary and downright odd eateries that are sure to satisfy the freak in you

Written by . Published on December 9th 2011.


Curious Cuisine

LONDON is home to an endless amount of notable restaurants and exclusive eateries boasting the finest dining, but every now and then we crave some frivolity with our food. Here’s our pick of the restaurants with the oddest, strangest and sometimes just plain eccentric concepts.

 


Dans-Le-Noir 

Dans Le Noir?
30 - 31 Clarkenwell green
EC1R 0DU

A French restaurant offering an experience like no other in London

Ever wondered what it would be like to dine in complete darkness? Me neither, but Dans Le Noir has been enjoying great success with this strange concept. Book a table at this unique restaurant and you’ll be served in a dining room without the slightest crack of light. The idea is to heighten your sense of smell and taste, allowing diners to experience food like never before.


 

Garlic and Shots
14 Frith Street
W1D 4RD

A bar and restaurant with an over-powering theme

The alternative biker dive bar-esque décor is not the only thing that makes this venue unique. As you may have guessed, every single dish on the menu contains generous lashings of garlic, from the honey and garlic ice-cream, to the garlic beer. The cuisine is both Swedish and English and the bar is loaded with 101 different flavoured vodka shots designed for garlic fiends. Be prepared to be marinated in the pungent herb and don’t forget the breath mints.


 

Inamo
134 – 136 Wardour Street
W1F 8ZP

A pan-Asian restaurant that fuses more than it’s cuisine

One for the technology geeks. Inamo is an oriental fusion restaurant and bar that allows diners to control their own experience, all at a touch of a button. Place your order from an interactive menu that is projected onto the table surface, the food and drinks are illustrated so you can see exactly what you’ll be getting. Diners can also choose a different table-cloth, discover the local neighbourhood, play a game between courses and then order a taxi home.


Rootmaster 

 Rootmaster
Old Truman Brewery
Ely's Yard
E1 6QL

London’s first vegan ‘bustaurant’

The Routemaster rides again. This all-vegan restaurant is based in a decommissioned double-decker bus permanently stationed in Brick Lane. Refurbished with tables seating 28 on the upper deck, the lower one features the kitchen and take-away window. Advocating sustainable living, the restaurants menu offers a variety of organic food and wine. A novelty that provides diners with a great view and healthy eats.


 

Abracadabra
91 Jermyn Street
SW1Y 6JB

Alice in wonderland meets Playboy on acid at this Russian/Eastern European restaurant

Run by an eccentric millionaire, this bar, restaurant and nightclub incorporates everything garish and fantastical, with a touch of Carry on humour. Mosaic flooring, balloons and portraits of Cherie Blair adorn the multi-coloured walls. Book a private curtained booth complete with your own TV or opt for the large revolving table at the centre of the restaurant. Be served by waitresses dressed in skimpy nurses outfits while taking in the whimsically eclectic furnishings. A trip to the ladies is must for the Faberge egg and toadstool toilets, not to mention the phallic-shaped golden taps.


Archipelago

 

Archipelago
110 Whitfield Street
W1T 5ED

Explore genuinely exotic cuisine

Ideal for foodies always on the hunt for something new and daring. Seeking out and fusing the finest global culinary influences, Archipelago takes your senses on a journey of diverse cultures and tastes. The menu is a veritable safari of dishes – crocodile fillets, seared zebra, wildebeest rump and chocolate covered scorpions are available to choose from, sure to satisfy any diner with a strong constitution and a penchant for uncharted gastronomy.


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