4 Unusual Dining Experiences in Bangkok That Raise Eyebrows
Bangkok is a buzzing metropolis of utter chaos. With honking congestion, weaving skytrains, fine smelling street food stalls and camped out craft vendors, it can seem like you’ll never find what you’re looking for. The beauty of such a diverse city is that hidden gems are everywhere, out of sight of those not looking carefully enough.
With so much choice everywhere you turn, it can be difficult to choose somewhere to dine without feeling overwhelmed. Whether you’re looking for authentic Thai cuisine or Western fine dining, or a dinner cruise, Bangkok has a place for you. But amidst the day to day standards restaurants are a few establishments which offer an entirely different culinary experience, both unusual and exciting.
If you’re looking for somewhere out of the ordinary, Bangkok is certainly the city for you. You only have to look at the outlandish fashions to know that Thai people are creative. But it doesn’t stop there; they’re creativity has seeped over into their restaurants, offering you a chance to eat like you’ve never eaten before.
Dine in the Dark – Bed Supperclub
Bed Supperclub, in the heart of Bangkok, is known for being an extremely exclusive nightclub. With high priced drinks, an extortionate entry fee and strict doorman, the club is reserved for the creme de la creme.
However, despite its pretentious night activities, it’s now offering one of the world renowned ‘Dine in the Dark’ experience every Monday evening. Originally founded in the UK, the concept of dining in the dark revolves around the idea that if one sense is cut off, the others jump in to compensate. In other words, if you can’t see, everything will taste exquisite.
Despite this logical analysis, dining blind is an extremely odd experience. Not only are you unaware of what they’ll serve, it’s also extremely difficult to find your plate, cutlery, mouth and wine glass. Be prepared for a few spillages!
Although relatively pricy, all food is prepared by local and international award winning chef Dan Ivarie, renowned for his twists on contemporary Asian cuisine.
Ka-Tron – ‘The Original Flying Chicken Restaurant’
Making it to the top ten of the world’s weirdest restaurants, Ka-Tron is in fact the only dining establishment where your chicken is in flight before it hits your plate.
It’s as simple as this, the karaoke booth-lined restaurant features a small promenade stage. On this stage is a catapult, loaded with the already-cooked whole chicken you just ordered. They set it on fire and catapult it to a man on a unicycle with a spike in his hand, whereby he catches it, cycles to your table and delivers your food. Bizarre.
The chicken itself is marinated in their own special sauce and is relatively mediocre in taste, but the whole novelty experience makes up for the average food and tacky decor. Well worth a visit, Ka-Tron is certainly not an experience you’ll forget.
Catching Your Own – Por Kung Pao
Located on Ratchadapisk Road, Por Kung Pao is a more hands-on dinner date. Serving mainly seafood and shellfish, the restaurant requires you to catch your own shrimp and prawns from their giant pool. What’s great about this, is it’s an activity rather than just dinner; a great way to add a sprinkle of fun to your meal.
They set you up with all the equipment you need, show you how it’s done and leave you to it. If you’re shrimp-less, you go hungry. Once you make your catch of the day, they prepare your dishes and bring them out to you.
Despite the originality and novelty of the experience, the food is actually pretty good, however, the restaurant setting leaves a lot to be desired.
Eat by Blood – The Third Floor
Ever wondered why you like certain foods? This is the place for you.
Situated in Wireless, The Third Floor is a restaurant that matches your food to your blood type. The two reasons for this are for making sure the flavor suits your body, as well as ramming home health benefits of certain foods. The whole menu indicates which food is right for your blood types and every wall, placemat and decoration is covered with why your certain blood type should be eating the food they suggest.
Aside from the heavy health propaganda, the food is generally very good (as long as you’re not blood type A!). The food is all organic, heavily spiced and strangely presented. It goes without saying that no alcohol is served, so if you’re looking for a drink, this is not the restaurant for you!