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.

The Luxury Collection - - Contents - -By Aruna Rathod

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!

Pic­ture cred­its - Ja­centy Dędek

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