10 unusual dining experiences in Australia
Australia is packed full of dining selections and interesting things to eat that you can’t find many other places throughout the world. But just as interesting as the nation’s unusual food are its unusual places to eat it. In the past, Business Review Australia highlighted the top-10 most unique dining experiences in the world. This time around, we’ll take a look at some of the most unusual spots in Australia alone.
10. Toastface Grillah
Named after Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, this unique restaurant in Perth specialises in eight different types of grilled cheese sandwiches as well as coffee. It even featured a surprise musical appearance by Ghostface himself last year. As a Wu-Tang fan, this had to make the list.
9. Mundo Latin Grill and Tapas Bar
With locations in both Sydney and Kingsway, this restaurant gives consumers a convenient way to order by using an iPad menu that describes each dish.
8. Lentil as Anything
A group of not-for-profit vegetarian spot in Sydney and Melbourne, this restaurant’s motto is “Pay what you can.” It relies solely on the generosity of patrons as you contribute whatever your feel your meal and experience is worth.
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7. Astro Pete’s café
This Brisbane establishment gives customers an opportunity to check out the stars on weekends using professional telescopes, all while enjoying a good meal.
With locations in four countries (India, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia) this vegetarian restaurant sustains the artistic and charitable activities of the Temple of Fine Arts. Its success is based on the idea that “The guest is God,” as its menu reflects the ancient lure of Indian arts and culture.
Once named to the world’s top 50 restaurants by Forbes, this Melbourne restaurant is designed to build a deep connection with nature. The menu is filled with earthy flavours and foraged ingredients, while the dining experience is sophisticated yet grounded.
4. Horse Drawn Restaurant
This establishment in Hawkesbury offers a unique dining experience on a 1890s horse carriage as you travel through historical Windsor. This restaurant is good for any occasion, as all meal s are provided by local award-winning restaurants and are served directly onto the carriage.
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3. The Croft Institute
Tucked away in the Chinatown section of Melbourne, just getting to this establishment is part of the customer experience. The ground floor is designed like an old-school science lab complete with glassware and syringes, while the second floor gymnasium features a real turf bar.
2. GPO Cheese and Wine Room
Known as Sydney’s “Temple of Cheese,” this restaurant has over 100 seasonal cheeses with over 250 international and Australian boutique wines to choose from. The menu changes every season and plate sizes are large and designed for sharing, offering a wide range of tastes and flavours to create a different dining experience every time you visit.
1. Sounds of Silence
Already entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, this resort near Ayers Rock in Yulara gives you an evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky. Your experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. And as the sun sets, you can enjoy a buffet with several native Aussie dishes such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi and quandong, all under the southern night sky.