Sometimes, certainly quite often, we love to indulge our oddness. For such occasions we have compiled a list of unusual restaurants in London that will not only complement your quirky side, but will also offer you a meal with a difference.
Words: Lyubomira Ivanova, Subeditor: Toni Hart
- La Bodega Negra, Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 5JE
From personal experience, I can assure you that you could quite easily miss the entrance to this Mexican fusion food place and cheeky margarita bar. So here are the instructions: first, try to find the illuminated entrance that has a street sign that looks like a Soho sex shop. Second, don’t be put off by it; it is all a façade. Looking a bit like a posh basement (maybe because it actually is a basement restaurant), it offers a dark buzzing atmosphere where one can taste the best spicy tacos and tortillas in town.
- Circus, 27-29 Endell Street, WC2H 9BH
Located in the West end, the place offers a completely new experience to what we know as dining. With futuristic décor, it takes you back in time – to the era of the great French cabarets, better known as the ancestors of modern restaurants. And yet, that is not all. The quirky part comes with the fire-eating ballet dancers, or it might be trapeze artists who entertain you while you are having a nicely cooked Asian meal. Glamorous eating combined with exciting acts is what makes the place so unique.
- Inamo, 134-136 Wardour St, W1F 8ZP
If you are a fan of the 3D cinema, then this Asian fusion restaurant is the right place for you. The table turns into a screen menu where you place your order – then you realise how much you have missed out on in life. The menu might not be particularly unique in itself, but then it is all about the “touch”. Think about it in that way, you don’t ever have to deal with waiters and you can even use the screen to order a cab. Fabulous.
- Bunga Bunga, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA
Got a secret? Can you keep it? When this one is about your safe, better lock it in that Italian phone box that leads you straight into Bunga Bunga bar. The founders of the place described it as “An Englishman’s Italian Bar, Pizzeria and Karaoke place”, and to be completely honest we couldn’t find a better description. And right when you wonder what is so sophisticated about the place, wait until you come across that beautifully decorated tribute wall which is dedicated to the one and only Silvio Berlusconi.
- Dans Le Noir, 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU
Translated from French, the name is as unusual as the place itself. It means “in the dark” and as it suggests dinners are eaten “dans le noir”. Eating, drinking and being served in pitch darkness might seem a little dodgy at first sight, but in the end it is all about the journey and most importantly; about the fun. Offering mainly organic meals and an unforgettable experience are the things that make Dans Le Noir “one of a kind”.