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World’s most unconventional restaurants

While some restaurants alter their menus or décors to stand out from their peers, others go above and beyond. Aficionado presents the world’s most unique restaurants…

Fortezza Medicea, Italy

While it’s difficult to get a reservation and you’ll need to pass a background check to enter, persevere, as this is not your typical restaurant. Fortezza Medicea is a 500-year-old prison, so guests will have to make do with plain benches and plastic cutlery, and most chefs and waiters here are presently serving long prison sentences. The food, however, is actually worth writing home about and the setting is uniquely unforgettable.

360 The Restaurant, Canada

Canada’s own Burj Khalifa, Canada’s National (CN) Tower is one of the country’s most visited attractions and, luckily, it features an equally popular restaurant.

360 The Restaurant combines fine food with a magnificent revolving view of Toronto, more than 351 metres (1,151 feet) below. 360’s menus change twice a year; in May for the summer season and in November for winter, with market-fresh and regional ingredients taking the spotlight.

Treepod Dining, Thailand

If you’ve got a free-spirited nature, the island of Koh Kood, located 350 kilometres southeast of Bangkok, will appeal to you. The fourth largest island in Thailand is best known for the rustic-chic Soneva Kiri Resort & Residences and its unique dining experience on treetops.

Here, you can be comfortably seated in a bamboo pod, as you’re hoisted up into the tropical foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest. Gaze out across the shoreline as you savour gourmet delights, quirkily delivered by waiters using zip-lines.

Dans Le Noir?, England

Enjoy a blind dining experience like no other at Dans Le Noir? in Clerkenwell, London. You’ll be coached on what to expect before being taken to a pitch-black dining area where blind waiters will serve you.

The food is as eclectic as it is exquisite, with local chefs driving the cuisine with the help of French chef Olivier Romain, who has experience working for celebrities all over the world. Dining in complete darkness heightens your other senses and surprise menus see even repeat customers satisfied.