5 Unusual & Alternative Restaurants to Dine Out with a Twist

With over 18,000 restaurants to choose from, here are some of the more unusual restaurants in London that offer something a little different

Eatwith

Introducing a whole new wave of boutique culinary experiences hosted by a local community of artisan chefs that you simply can’t find anywhere else

Hunan

Spoilt for choice? Then Hunan might be for you! A no-menu restaurant where you don’t choose

Archipelago

Bored of beef, pork, chicken and lamb? How about some crocodile, kangaroo, ostrich, or even some python bites

Sarastro

A full Mediterranean menu served to you in an opulent, carnival-esque setting, where décor is everything

Dans le Noir

Eating out in the dark offers a unique sensory experience, where your other senses are amplified


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Eatwith

Founded in 2012 and touted as “the Airbnb of home-cooked meals”, Eatwith has spread across the globe and now has a community of artisan chefs that open the doors to their homes and award-winning restaurants to offer small-scale classes, tasting menus and designer culinary experiences

With locations and chef’s table experiences all across London there’s no telling what will be available when you’re looking so check regularly to catch the most innovative eating experiences around


Hunan Chinese Restaurant

Hunan

How restaurants work: 1) book your table, 2) turn up and be seated, 3) browse the menu… Wrong! At Hunan you can expect some of the world’s finest Chinese dishes. So fine in fact that us mere mortals would do them a disservice by choosing what we want, as if we’d know…

Hunan is unique in that it’s a no-menu restaurant. Let them know of any allergies you may have up-front and then sit back as you are delivered around 15 tapas-sized dishes selected by the chefs

Once you go to Hunan you will leave satisfied that you’ve tried 15 of the most decedent Chinese culinary delights possible, and you never had to get stressed or stuck choosing a single thing!

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Address

51 Pimlico Rd, London SW1W 8NE

Hours

Mon to Sat – 12:30pm to 2pm,
Then again – 6pm to 11:30pm

Location

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Archipelago

Vegetarians look away now, this most certainly isn’t one for you! Archipelago moves away from the “normal” meats and has an innovative menu of some of the more exotic meats (and insects…)

The exotic theme doesn’t end at the menu either, with the small but beautifully laid out interior of Buddhas, palm trees and peacock feather

Now back to the menu. Ever wanted to try crocodile stuffed vine leaves, smoked python, zebra, alpaca, kangaroo or a cricket salad (probably not)? Well Archipelago has a safari menu that will satisfy all your curiosities

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Address

53 Cleveland St, London W1T 4JJ

Hours

Mon to Fri – 12pm to 10:30pm
Saturdays – 5pm to 10:30pm

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Sarastro Restaurant

Sarastro

Step back in time and journey to the years of the Byzantine Empire, then find the most decedent restaurant in Constantinople. You’ve probably just stumbled into Sarastro on Drury Lane

The Mediterranean theme continues across its menu, including some well-known classics, but Sarastro’s main feature is it’s quirky and slightly OTT décor and atmosphere along with its live music, light-hearted entertainment and friendly waiting staff

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Address

Sarastro Restaurant, 126 Drury Ln, London WC2B 5SU

Hours

Mon to Fri – 3pm to 10:30pm
Weekends – 12pm to 10:30pm

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Dans le Noir

If you cut off one of the senses then your other senses are heightened. As the name would suggest, that’s what you get with Dans le Noir, a restaurant where you eat in the darkness

Be led to your table by blind or partially-sighted waiting staff (and to the bathrooms when necessary) and also get a sense of empathy while you’re there into the lives of the visually impaired

This sensory experience doesn’t just end with fine dining, but also extends to a full wine tasting workshop available as a great group activity

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Address

69-73 St John St, London EC1M 4AN

Hours

Tues to Fri – 5pm to 11pm
Weekends – 12pm to 11pm

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