A unique dining experience is not just limited to the food; the environment itself lends something special to the gastronomical experience. Let’s have a look at some of the most unique restaurants from around the world, as well as similar restaurants that can be found in Malaysia.

The Grotto, Rayavadee—Krabi, Thailand

The Grotto is a restaurant that’s right under a limestone cave at the edge of Phranang Beach. They serve a variety of seafood along with pre-arranged barbecue that must be reserved in advance. Apart from being inside a limestone cave, the other unique feature about this place is that the floor is entirely covered in the soft sands of the beach accompanied by a beautiful view of the sea.

The Malaysian counterpart:

Jala, The Andaman—Langkawi, Malaysia

Jala has a similar aesthetic with regards to dining with a seaside view and soft sands for the floor. It also has a Daily Fresh Seafood section featuring catches of the day that are freshly bought in the morning from the fishermen who have just returned with their catch, which the chef would prepare on the spot after you make your selection.

Treepod Dining, Soneva Kiri—Koh Kood, Thailand

The Soneva Kiri resort in Koh Kood, also known as Ko Kut, offers a unique dining experience in the form of Treepod Dining, in which diners enter into a bamboo pod which is then hoisted up about 20 feet (about 6 meters) in the air where a view of the jungle can be seen all around. A dedicated waiter then delivers the dishes via zipline.

The Malaysian counterpart:

Dinner In The Sky—Bukit Bintang, Malaysia

A similar dining experience can be had in Bukit Bintang. Dinner In The Sky offers a much, much higher experience at about 45 to 50 metres in the air, depending on weather conditions. Instead of a tropical jungle, however, you will be surrounded by the sights of an urban jungle.

Waterfall Restaurant, Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort—Quezon, Philippines

The Waterfall Restaurant at the Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort in Quezon of the Philippines is one of the most unique restaurants where they set tables and chairs in—not at or nearby—a river, and it’s right next to a waterfall. It’s not a real waterfall, however; it’s actually runoff from the Labasin Dam, but it doesn’t really detract from the experience. This means diners will have to get their feet wet in order to eat, and they can just relax in the rushing waters after their meals.

The Malaysian counterpart:

BBQ Lamb KL Kemensah

This restaurant is set in a river called Sungai Kemensah, which is behind Zoo Negara. BBQ Lamb KL Kemensah only allows you to dine in the river during lunch and when weather conditions are clear, and that only during Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays; at all other times, however, including dinner, all meals are served under the roof in small individual chalets all around the river. Despite its name, they serve more than just BBQ lamb, including chicken, beef, and even duck. They also have a wide variety of seafood that’s imported from Sabah and Canada.

So there you have it, three unique restaurants from around the world and three of our very own restaurants in Malaysia with similar concepts. Let me know if you’ve been to any unique restaurants that have left a lasting impression on you in the comments below!