Combining culinary sensation with extraordinary destinations, here’s why you should add these wonders to your bucket list!
Travelling to remarkable destinations around the globe allows for not only new sensory experiences and mixing with the locals but to savour the traditional cuisines and unique adventures on offer. Here’s a snapshot of some of the strange yet wonderful ways you can tantalise those taste-buds and feel the rush of adrenaline.
Sushi Bar Yasuda, Tokyo, Japan
Given the intimacy of this 8-seat counter sushi bar, Sushi Master Chef Yasuda provides a personal, up-close dining experience combined with an entertaining masterclass in the finery of sushi. Tokyo’s well-renowned fish market sees over 3,000 tonnes of seafood daily and Yasuda selects his daily menu from a deliberate choice of unusual cuts, cheeks from the head as an example, utilising his amazing knife skills to prepare the day’s sushi. Yasuda also claims “The rice is 90 percent of sushi” a belief held by most respected sushi chefs – this rice is sourced from his hometown of Chiba and prepared with a mixture of seasoned vinegars. Considering the countless sushi bars from Michelin starred to budget hole-in-the-walls, Sushi Bar Yasuda is worth a reservation if you are seeking a memorable experience and some claim “the best sushi in the world”.
Dans le Noir, London, England
Immerse yourself in sensory exploration by dining in the dark. Literally translated to “in the dark”, the London destination provides a journey where you select your dishes before being seated in a pitch-black dining space and guided and served by visually-impaired waiting staff. This sensory adventure will change your perception on how we subconsciously use all our senses and engagement. You can also live the experience at other Dans le Noir locations in Barcelona, Paris, Madrid and St Petersburg.
Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli, Switzerland
Open from May to November only, this 170 year-old storybook Swiss guesthouse is tucked into the side of Ebenalp mountain (higher than 1500 metres) and is accessible only by cable car and then a 15 minute hike down the mountainside. Combining the traditional Alpine Swiss culture, hiking across the greenest rolling slopes, this breathtakingly located guesthouse serves up hearty and traditional Swiss/European dishes such as rosti, local meats, beer and warming schnapps. Stay for a few hours, savour the picturesque 360-degree view and most of all, don’t worry too much about the calories as you will have the chance to walk them off on the way back!
Dinner in the Sky, various locations around the world
With your feet dangling, the sky is no longer the limit at the big dinner table in the sky. Strapped into a comfy bucket seat, you and up to 21 other dinner guests along with a “sky chef” or two plus waiting staff are lifted slowly to around 50 metres into the air and rotates slowly allowing for you to receive the full 360degree experience. Check out the latest scheduled international cities hosting Dinner in the Sky – just don’t look down!
El Diablo, Lanzarote, Spain
El Diablo taps a one-of-a-kind heat source, a volcanic hole in the ground! Operating since the 1970s, the restaurateurs devised a giant grill and platform (made from several payers of volcanic basalt rock) taking advantage of the geo-thermal heat rising from the opening from the bubbling lava below. If the thought of dining so close to an entrance to the fiery layers below is worrisome, don’t fear as the volcano has been dormant since 1824. After you have dined on your choice of grilled local meats, fish and seafood, you can book a tour around the island’s volcanic area.
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