Dining experiences you’ll never forget
Be it on land, air or water, while dining is all about food, you can add zing to dining with unique restaurants and experiences to take your meal to the next level.
Exquisite Dining on the go - Paris on a Bus
Add gastronomy to Paris with the Bustronome. A double-decker bus with a glass roof, you can watch the glory of Paris unfold as you float past in this bus during lunch time or dinner. See the Effiel Tower, Arc d’triomphe, Champs Elysses, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur and some famous districts, squares and the joie d’vivre of the fashion capital as the bus glides along for almost two-and-a- half hours in the city of Love.
Cooked entirely onsite, the six dishes in the evening – or four at lunchtime – provide the opportunity to discover quality French cuisine in Paris. The bus travels at a regular and slow speed (less than 30 km/h) so that you don’t have to give a thought to the food sliding off your plate at a turn, the waiters are extremely deft at their job and the technology is sophisticated as glasses and plates are secured on the table by a perfected wedge system, leaving little to fear from vibrations linked to the road surface or from any inevitable little jolts during the journey.
Keeping in mind the seasons, the menu changes every three months making sure that fresh local produce is presented to clients. Dinner is a great option for a magical evening, as you ensconce yourself in one of the armchairs on the upper deck, and let yourself be captivated by Paris at night and the illuminated monuments that parade before your eyes through the glass roof. With a bit of luck, you’ll even see the Eiffel Tower sparkle as you pass by.
Some of the gourmet dishes include - Foie gras with rhubarb, springtime fillet of yellow pollock with basil cream, white asparagus with Mediterranean caviar, chicken with Morille mushrooms, and dessert like poached pear in salted caramel butter, ice cream with speculos biscuits, stuffed brie with roasted pistachios and marscapone with young leaves. Take your pick from 65 Euros for lunch and 100 Euros for dinner.
As classy as it can get - Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower, Paris
If visiting the Eiffel Tower is your dream, extend the dream by dining in the tower at the Jules Verne restaurant to experience fantastic French gourmet cuisine! After soaking in the awesome sight of this great manmade wonder from the ground level, proceed to the second level of the majestic tower. Once you marvel at the city spread below you, get ready for a superlative experience seated in the restaurant. Verne is on the second floor of the Effiel tower, which is 125 metres above the ground. Modern French gastronomy unfolds, accompanied by a visual treat of the monuments of Paris from the sky. Indulge in a sixcourse experience menu or a three-course lunch with natural light filtering into the restaurant.
If you are in the mood for something really romantic, try dinner here. You can opt for a five or six course dinner. The five course lunch/dinner is priced at 190 Euros (fish or meat) and a six course at 230 Euros.
The restaurant also has a concept of the Lunch Gift Box (a gift voucher for 400 Euros). A great table with a view, a Champagne aperitif, three-course lunch, perfect food-wine pairing. As a keepsake, the restaurant gives personalised menus signed by Chef Pascal Feraud and two Chocolat Alain Ducasse bars!
The Dinner gift box is priced at 950 Euros.
Dinner in the Sky – Choose your place under the sun
A creative lunch or dinner on a crane! A flying dinner table caught on with those looking for an adventurous dining experience. Hakuna Matata specialises in gourmet pleasures. Along with the Fun Group, they specialise in deploying cranes thus giving birth to a new dining experience in the sky!
Till date, the group has also organised events in the sky to add a thrill to an occasion. They specialise in setting up a beach bar in the sky, opera in the sky or even an engagement or wedding ceremony in the sky.
Over the past ten years, this concept -Dinner in the Sky has criss-crossed the skies of 55 countries. In Europe, to be sure, but also in Australia, India, Japan, China, Dubaï, South-africa, Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Canada.
Deep into the earth – Wieliczka Salt mine, Poland
Dine in a salt mine 327 metres deep at “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, Krakow, Poland
A journey into the belly of the Earth, the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine in Krakow, Poland is a surreal experience. Visitors marvel at the tunnels with walls of salt, some of which open into large caves with sculpture made from a solid block of salt - the statue of St. Kinga (patron of salt miners) is majestic! Wonders continue as one reaches a church with every bit carved out of salt! Chandeliers to altarpieces everything is salt in artistic forms. From the church, it’s a short walk towards a salt lake that looks eerie but is known to have medicinal and curative properties and one can never drown in this lake as the water contains 320g of salt per litre. But it doesn’t end there, you can stop and have a hearty meal in a restaurant that doesn’t feel like its 125 metres below ground.
When it’s time for a break, head for the bar in the Drozdowice Chamber or the Miners’ Tavern in the Budryk Chamber that serves Polish cuisine specialities that have an exceptional depth of taste. The dishes are seasoned with Wieliczka salt and rightly so!
Dining in the river Gourmet Boat trip along the Bilbao river Estuary, Spain
Spain offers a gourmet experience while sailing over along Bilbao River! Just that it’s not an ordinary boat, it’s a BBQ doughnut shaped boat which can accommodate a barbecue or a table in the middle, surrounded by seating on the sides. A chef on board delights you with sumptuous offerings as you continue to sail and enjoy the ride. It is an incredible experience to enjoy the elaborate meal in the safe environs of the doughnut shaped sailboat.
The experience includes creation and live execution of the skills of the chef through the fusion of gastronomy and navigation. Along with the barbecue, you can opt for fine wine as an accompaniment. A chef on board dishes out the piping hot, smoky barbecue meats and veggies as you enjoy the sights of Bilbao!
End the meal with desserts as you literally float towards the shore!