Quirky restaurants around the world

There’s nothing better than dining out with you friends and family, whether this is a celebratory event or a regular occasion. We deserve it — removing the stress of doing the cooking and then cleaning up makes for a remarkable experience. Although the main added benefit of dining out is being able to laze around, drink some good wine and eat delicious food; while the interior design of a restaurant can also influence the experience.

Dining in Hong Kong: Ammo Restaurant

If you’re looking to dine at the finest standard — giving you that Great Gatsby experience — you must head to the Ammo Restaurant. Abbreviated from Asia, Modern, Museum, and Original; the contemporary restaurant and bar is located on a former explosives compound — generating a much more thrilling escapade.

But, the restaurant didn’t take inspiration from the Gatsby and in fact, Joyce Wang, the interior designer, used elements from the classic science fiction film noir, Alphaville. The robust setting includes industrial materials such as copper plumbing pipes that create breathtaking chandeliers shaped like spiral staircases.

There are plenty of urban elements across this lux restaurant and the marble features are a huge feature to this venue. So much so, the marble required 30 individual cuts to make the tones evenly stand out.


Dining in Romania: Joben Bistro

If you’re looking for a place that stands out with entertainment but also design, head to Joben Bistro. The bistro is located on an urban street and looks like a small and regular café from the outside. But once you enter, the mysterious steampunk vibes are soon unveiled and your smartphone is soon pulled out to start snapping for Instagram.

There’s plenty of inspiration from 19th century Britain too, which is evident in the design which took inspiration from novels such as The Time Machine. The edgy look highlights the importance of ambient light, which allows the metallic objects to pop off the wall.

From floating blimps to rustic bicycles and overcasting lampshades (such as top hat lights), a trip to Joben Bistro is well worth it.


Dining in Tokyo: New York Grill

Head up to the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel for a unique dining experience. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city landscape, booking a table early is recommended to create a remarkable experience. But the enormous square windows aren’t the only aspect that make the interior so desirable…

If you’re looking for a world-renowned dining experience, the intricate room design boasts contemporary. Simplicity was kept in mind when John Morford designed the restaurant, which was later used as a filming location for the Oscar-winning film, Lost in Translation.

If you’re a lover of art, there’s four paintings by Valerio Adami to admire! Not only does the dining area look extraordinary, the open-kitchen creates a more memorable visit! If you love your wine, this restaurant even has a cellar that can hold up to 1,800 bottles.


Dining in Dubai: Nobu

If you’re planning on going to Dubai, head to Nobu restaurant located in The Palm. The restaurant is owned by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and has been designed to tell a story — in line with its oriental theme throughout. However, with the restaurant being located on the sunny beaches of Dubai, the Rockwell Group that designed the interior kept a collaboration of two countries in mind.

Situated in the Atlantis hotel, the design complements the beachfront of Dubai nicely — while representing some of Nobu’s Japanese heritage. With separate rooms enabling private and communal areas, the interior has been designed to fit all needs.

There are private rooms available for hire too/ Splitting this up are misshaped pieces of artwork that are in line with traditional Japanese appeal — blossom flowers. In the centre of the room sits a round table that can accommodate ten people in total, allowing parties to flourish in private. When it comes to the open areas, the space feels more inclusive through the use of three-dimensional abaca panels that have been woven simultaneously to represent the motion of the waves. The wooden tables and panels, accompanied with orange walls create that desert feeling all travelers in Dubai wish for — allowing for a more mesmerising experience.


Kitchen design specialists, Harvey Jones brought you this article — so wherever you’re planning on going, remember to enjoy both your surroundings and the dishes served!