A good meal is not about what’s on your plate anymore. It’s about what’s beyond. These restaurants prove that no destination is too remote, high, or quiet for earnest globetrotters to come looking. By Rashima Nagpal

 

  1. Extremely Zen – Dining at Kitcho, Kyoto

There is a sense of tranquillity inherent in Japanese dining that’s hard to replicate in any other part of the world. But Kyoto Kitcho takes it to a whole new level. Not only does it offer you one of world’s most expensive meals, it offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the scenic district of Arashiyama. The tea-ceremony kaiseki (traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) in combination with the extremely Zen ambience transports you to a culinary haven of sorts. Approx INR 50,000 for two

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2. Extremely Cool – Dining at Ithaa, Conrad Maldives

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Sitting five metres below the sea level and offering 180-degree views of the vibrant coral gardens, Ithaa is the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant. Whether you reserve a table for private dining, weddings or special occasions, the extremely cool experience that it offers is worth every penny. Approx INR 32,600 for two

 

3. Extremely Avant-Garde – Dining at Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai

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This dining experience is nothing short of performance art and is marked by a light show, course-themed music, and diners’ names projected on the table. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet offers just that and more in its single-table setting. Its 20-course spread in combination with multi-sensory technology makes for a truly unique and immersive culinary experience. If this isn’t avant-garde, then what is? Approx INR 80,000 for two

 

4. Extremely Remote – Dining in Namibia’s Sand Dunes

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A dining set-up overlooking Namibia’s sand dunes. Courtesy: Epic Road

An experience that combines nature, privacy, and luxury can get expensive. And an exclusive meal overlooking Namibia’s sand dunes is one such extremely beautiful experience. Trust luxury tour and experience curator Epic Road to arrange it for you in style, on your next vacay to South Africa. Price on request

 

5. Extremely Surreal – Dining at Grotta Palazzese

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Expect to be enchanted as you dine at Grotta Palazzese—a restaurant created inside a natural limestone cave overlooking the Adriatic Sea in Italy. Hosting people from around the world since the 1700s, it has quite a reputation. While the atmosphere at this world famous restaurant is surreal, the food is sumptuous. Who’d want to leave if one of the most extreme settings to dine in is as surreal as this? Approx INR 24,000 for two

 

6. Extremely Adventurous – Dining on a Crane in the Sky

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Hakuna Matata, a communications agency specialized in gourmet pleasures, and The Fun Group, a company specialized in amusement park installations deploying cranes, joined forces and came up with the concept of Dinner in the Sky – a restaurant service that sets up sky-high meals in cranes hoisted 150 feet above the ground, in 40 cities around the globe. Having arranged more than 5,000 events in cities including Paris, Las Vegas, Sydney, Cape Town, Dubai, and Sao Paulo, this unusual dining service has caught the attention of the rich and famous. Approx INR 19,000 for two

 

7. Extremely Cold – Dining at Snowman World

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Known as the coolest place on the arctic circle, Snowman World in Lapland, Finland is every winter lover’s wonderland. While the entire resort is a treat to be at, the Ice Restaurant and Ice Bar is particularly fascinating; it is rebuilt with fresh ice every winter. The set menu, based on Lappish ingredients, includes an appetizer, main course and dessert. A welcome drink is served at the Ice Bar before dinner. Approx INR 7,000 for two