How’s your travel agenda? Already filled with awesome places to see, cultures to know, and experiences to live? Is Australia one of those amazing places you’re visiting in 2021? I really hope so because this article is just what you need if you’re a food lover! You know, Australia is full of amazing, unusual, exotic, and extraordinary restaurants. This is why it was highlighted in some magazines as one of the world’s unique dining experiences. And by unique, I mean elegant, luxurious and the kind of restaurants I want to make sure you know: unusual and exotic! So, with no further ado, grab your notebook and a pen, put on your baby bib so that drool doesn’t stain your shirt, and get ready to know Australia’s 10 most unusual and exotic restaurants.
1. Toastface Grillah
If you’re a fan of hip hop, you surely know the Wu-Tang Clan. And this Australian restaurant was named after one of the band members: Ghostface Killah. The restaurant’s specialty is grilled cheese sandwiches. Eight different types, to be more specific. But you can just enter to drink a coffee and feel inside’s mood. A curiosity, back in 2019, Ghostface Killah made a surprise appearance at the restaurant and sang some songs for everyone who was there.
2. Mundo Latin Grill and Tapas Bar
The name says it all about what they serve. You can find it in both Kingsway and Sydney. And what makes this restaurant so unusual? Consumers are given an iPad! But just to be used as a menu, where people can see a very detailed description of the dishes.
3. Lentil as Anything
This is a vegetarian restaurant in Melbourne and Sydney, and it has a very unique motto: “Pay what you can.”. This means that if you are homeless, you can enter and have a meal for free. If you’re rich, you can enter and have a meal for free. You pay whatever you want or can pay. The restaurant relies only on the generosity of people who sit to eat. Tell me, do you know any other restaurant that does this?
4. Astro Pete’s Café
Have you ever wondered what would be having a meal in space? Well, this Brisbane restaurant won’t take you to outer space on a Space X rocket, but it has professional telescopes that customers can use during the weekend to watch the stars while they are eating a delicious meal.
Another vegetarian restaurant! This one can be found in four countries – Malaysia, India, Singapore and, of course, Australia) They all have one purpose in common: sustain the Temple of Fine Arts and its artistic and charitable activities. The menu is based on ancient arts and culture from India, and the idea behind the restaurant is “The guest is God.” And this is why they are so successful.
This Melbourne restaurant was once in the top 50 restaurants by Forbes magazine, and it was built and designed to offer a strong connection with nature. How? With an earthy flavors menu filled with foraged ingredients. This provides a sophisticated and grounded experience to all who dine there.
7. Horse Drawn Restaurant
This has to be one of the most unique, unusual, and exotic dining experiences you can have. You can find this establishment in Hawkesbury, and you’ll have your meal on a 1890s horse carriage! How cool is this? More than that, while you’re enjoying a delicious meal provided by award-winning local restaurants.
8. The Croft Institute
In order to try this unusual and exotic restaurant, you need to go to the Chinatown section of Melbourn. And let me tell you, just getting to it is an adventure and a crucial part of your experience. The restaurant is divided in two floors with completely different themes. The ground floor is themed just like an old-school science lab filled with all kinds of materials. The upper floor is a gymnasium-themed restaurant that even has a real turf bar.
9. GPO Cheese and Wine Room
Name one better combination than cheese and wine! Exactly, you can’t! And this restaurant in Sydney is also known as “Temple of Cheese”. Why? Because it offers more than 100 seasonal cheeses and over 250 Australian and foreign boutique wines to side with your cheese. The menu is seasonal, as to always gather the best ingredients, and the plates are meant to be shared, so they are large and with plenty of food for all.
10. Sounds of Silence
And last but not least, we have Sounds of Silence restaurant, that already entered the Australian Hall of Fame. It’s under a sparkling sky in Ayers Rock, Yulara, that your dining experience will take place. Starting with some canapés and sparkling wine perfectly chilled, you’ll have an incredible view over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. And as the sun starts hiding behind the mountains, you can also start enjoying a buffet with some of the best native Aussie dishes. This includes quandong, barramundi, kangaroo, and, of course, crocodile!