The world's most unusual restaurants

These days, travel to any town and you're sure to see an Applebee's, a Ruby Tuesday's or an Olive Garden. But what do you do when you want to dine somewhere a little less routine?

If you're in Taiwan, you could head to the hit theme restaurant Marton and join other customers sitting on actual commodes. Which makes sense since Marton is named after the Chinese word 'matong,' meaning toilet.

If you're not in the mood for being reminded of the bathroom while you dine, how about the hospital? Taipei's D.S. Music restaurant is all about the hospital motif. "Nurses" and "doctors" serve you and whatever you choose to eat can be washed down with Vodka Punch, served in an IV hanging from the ceiling.

We found 10 more unusual restaurants that are far from the norm. Try one of these unique dining spots, if you're ever in their neck of the woods.


Location: Bangkok
What Makes It Unique:
Dedicated to birth control and AIDS awareness, the name signifies the owner's belief that condoms should be as accessible as produce in Thailand. Condoms and sex toys are a major part of the decor. And all diners get a condom with coffee, instead of an after-dinner mint.
Before You Go: Check Out Its Photo Gallery


Location: Bradenton, Fla.
What Makes It Unique:
With menu items like "Bag-N-Gag," "Chunk O' Skunk" and "Swirl of Squirrel," it's no wonder that Al Roker named it one of the top five weirdest restaurants in the country. If you're a fan of taxidermy, you'll love the decor. Stuffed dead animals reign supreme.
Before You Go: See Sampling of Menu Items


Location: Miami, Fla.
What Makes It Unique:
Diners at B.E.D. ("Beverage, Entertainment and Dining") lounge in beds and eat from bamboo trays. It caters to the highly fashionable, club-going crowd. If you go, don't look for a sign, there isn't one. B.E.D. is not marked except for the street number and the logo hidden on the mat outside.
Before You Go:Peek Behind the Velvet Ropes

Location: Paris, London & Moscow
What Makes It Unique:
According to the Web site, Dans le Noir? offers "a unique human and sensory experience of a dinner in the pitch dark." The dark room (in London) seats sixty people. It also has a lit bar and a lounge allowing a cocktail before and after dinner.
Before You Go:See the Price List for London Location


Location: Sweden
What Makes It Unique:
While the entire hotel is actually made from ice, fortunately for diners, the restaurant is not. However, for an arctic feel, the ice theme is carried through by serving many dishes on ice plates.
Before You Go:Sneak a Peek Via Webcam


Location: Kirkland, Wash.
What Makes It Unique:
The owners of Terra Bite describe themselves as an upscale voluntary payment cafe/deli. The Web site says: "Patrons choose what to pay, and are encouraged to pay what they would elsewhere." They also "cheerfully serve" those that cannot pay.
Before You Go: Check Out Their Hours


Location: Vacone, Italy
What Makes It Unique:
If you are a romantic at heart, and visiting Italy, you'll want to book a reservation at SOLO PER DUE -- or "Just for Two." It's billed as the smallest restaurant in the world. It has only one table and serves just two people.
Before You Go:See Pictures of the Grounds


Location: New York City
What Makes It Unique:
Be served by Ninjas, as you dine among a recreation of two 18th-century Japanese villages, Iga and Kouga, the birthplace of Ninja warrior lore. The restaurant is made up of a mysterious labryinth of 22 different rooms.
Before You Go:Check Out Their Web Site


Location: Chicago
What Makes It Unique:
Step into this "speakeasy" and you'll be transported back to the Roaring Twenties complete with gangsters, flappers, silent movies and hooch. If you go, expect a police raid -- the audience becomes part of the dinner theater action.
Before You Go:Make Reservations


Location: Belgium
What Makes It Unique:
For the most adventurous diners out there, Dinner in the Sky can be rented for 22 people on an 8 hours basis. The event can be organized anywhere, for example: a golf court, public place, race track, castle, vineyard or historical site.
Before You Go:See Amazing Pics


Location: Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa
What Makes It Unique:
Ithaa -- which means "pearl" -- sits five meters below sea level in the Indian Ocean. The aquarium -style restaurant allows you to take in 360 degree views of reef and marine life. The restaurant is small (only seats 12) and children are only allowed at lunch, if at all.
Before You Go:See Menu, Hours


Location: Chicago
What Makes It Unique:
Known for the Asian-influenced avant-garde cuisine of Chef Homaro Cantu, the menu at Moto features dishes that incorporate unusual elements such as edible paper and liquid nitrogen. If you go, look forward to eating your menu (literally) and smelling your utensils.
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