Europe satisfies with its gastronomic delights. Boasting a wealth of celebrity chef restaurants, award-winning eateries and bustling markets, it really is a food lover’s paradise. But scratch the surface and you will also find a wealth of unusual and even bizarre dining experiences for the brave. Here are 7 of the most unique food experiences in Europe.
One of the most prized ingredients in gourmet cooking, truffles are a rare delicacy and often priced accordingly. Join a guided truffle tour with a professional truffle hunter to learn how to find these edible delights. Wander through the woods in Florence and pick your own truffles before mastering the art of cooking them. You will then enjoy the fruits of your labour with a gourmet spread featuring beautifully cooked truffles.
Berlin is home to the unsicht-Bar, where guests are invited to enjoy their meal in complete darkness. The idea behind the strange concept is that the loss of sight heightens other senses, thus allowing adventurous diners to enjoy their meal like never before. Be ushered into the poorly lit restaurant by sight-impaired waiters who can navigate their way with ease. You will then taste your meal like never before as you become keenly aware of every smell, taste and texture.
Make your Europe adventure unforgettable by dining at the best restaurant in the entire world. El Celler de Can Roca in Spain holds three Michelin stars and was named the world’s best by magazine Restaurant in 2015. With such a lofty title, you may be wondering what you can expect at such a lauded restaurant. You won’t find a menu to peek at but El Celler is committed to the avant-garde so no doubt it will be unlike anything you have ever tasted before.
The SnowCastle in Finland offers the chance for hungry patrons to admire the impressive work of local snow constructors. Dress warmly as you are treated to a meal at an ice table, inside an ice cave at the popular SnowHotel. Carefully carved ice works adorn the roof and walls with snow covering the floor. After your feast, wander outside to visit the SnowChapel or extend your stay by opting for a room at the SnowHotel.
If it’s an enviable location you seek, you can’t go past the enchanting Summer Cave at the Hotel Grotta Palazzese in Italy. Carved out of magnificent limestone rocks, the restaurant delights visitors with its unique setting overloading the striking blue-green Adriatic. A truly romantic backdrop, the menu features traditional Italian cuisine along with sumptuous seafood.
Over in Ireland, you can visit the Pay As You Please restaurant which as the name implies, allows you to pay whatever amount you desire for your meal. The restaurant’s philosophy is that customers should pay what they believe is a fair price for their meal. You can enjoy a small selection of dishes, mainly pizzas, salads and soups. The casual eatery also showcases black and white film onto the wall, so you can settle in and enjoy the show while devouring your budget bites.
Dinner in the Sky in Brussels offers guests the chance to enjoy one of the most extraordinary dining experiences in the world. Ten chefs cook simultaneously for ten tables that are lifted by ten cranes at the same time and suspended high in the night sky. Dinner guests can then appreciate sprawling views while sampling gorgeous cuisine including rare dishes and fine wines
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