World's Weirdest Restaurants - Episode Guide
Ghosts & Dragons
Episode 4 - Season 2 - August 19, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to ‘Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House’, an authentic Jewish restaurant in New York where their every-day-is-a-bar-mitzvah attitude will make you say “mazel tov!” Next, at Tokyo’s ‘Namahage’ a visit from the Japanese boogeymen will have you on your best behaviour. We visit Ferrara, Italy where diners dressed in white take to the streets like a flash mob for ‘Street Dinner’, carrying tables and chairs to a secret rendezvous point where you’ll dine al fresco on a surprise gourmet meal. And later, at the 5,000 seat ‘Royal Dragon’ in Thailand, the flying servers will rush your hot pot to your table—on a zip line!
The Gravy Train
Episode 3 - Season 2 - August 12, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you aboard the ‘Charlie Russell Chew Choo’, a two-hour Montana train excursion that’s interrupted by a band of horse-riding, gun-slinging outlaws who crash your prime rib dinner. Then at ‘Shinyokohama Raumen Museum’ we’ll take a whirlwind noodle-slurping tour of four of Japan’s unique raumen regions, all under one roof. Next, we’ll kick back with some beach side BBQ at ‘Tropical Islands’, a year-round oasis in the middle of Germany, complete with a rainforest and tropical beach. And at Bangkok’s ‘Hajime Robot’, high tech robots will serve you Japanese cuisine – and teach you some dance moves to boot!
Flights of Fancy
Episode 1 - Season 2 - August 12, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to ‘Kraton Flying Chicken’ restaurant in Bangkok where your chicken is set on fire, catapulted through the air, and skewered on the spiked helmet of a server on a unicycle. Then we’re off to ‘Gruben Light Dinner’ in Germany to sing—and mine—for our supper. Next we try our luck in Japan at ‘Kura Sushi’ where the concept of restaurant and casino are merged into one. And finally, we end up in Paris for a knock-out menu and some knock-down wrestling at ‘La Lucha Libre.’
The Tortoise and the Hare
Episode 2 - Season 2 - August 6, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to ‘Breakfast in the Sky’, a giant Ferris wheel on the Jersey shore where they serve up ultra-gourmet breakfasts and spectacular views. Then we’re off to ‘Tiroler Hut’, an Austrian haven in the heart of London where the authentic cuisine and lederhosen will make you yodel for “more cowbell!” Later we’ll visit ‘Le Cabaret du Roy’ in Montreal, where pirates will have you walking the plank for their French-Caribbean fusion. Next we journey to ‘Japan’s Subtropical Teahouse’ to sip tea amongst tortoises and other reptiles, and ‘Usagi To Café’ where the bunny-shaped food is almost as cute as the real-life rabbits.
The Art of Food
Episode 15 - Season 2 - August 5, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants sets sail to ‘Forbes Island’ in San Francisco—the world’s only man-made floating island—where the combination of French classics and fine local seafood are sure to float your boat. Then we’re off to ‘ATMosfera Tram Ristorante’ in Milan, Italy for a phenomenal gastronomical tour through the city aboard a refurbished tram. Next we visit ‘Raw Canvas’ in Vancouver, where the artfully presented tapas-style dishes feed the customer’s creativity and inspire them to unleash their own artistic talents. And finally we drop in at ‘Le Bistrot de Mémé’ in La Rochelle, France where servers dressed in old frocks and wigs dish up classic French family recipes—just like at Granny’s house.
A Date with Love
Episode 14 - Season 2 - July 29, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants marches into the ‘Partizan Club’ in Kiev, Ukraine, a Soviet Era-themed resort for vacationing revolutionaries with a hunger for saluting their past in a fun and friendly fashion. Then we mosey on over to ‘The Big Texan’ in Armarillo, Texas where a horse hotel sits side saddle to their world famous, Texan-size 72 oz. steak. Next we visit ‘City Tavern’ in Philadelphia, a historic restaurant where the menu and the decor are so authentic that Benjamin Franklin still comes in for lunch. And later we have a date at the ‘Love All Café’ in Tokyo, where the rock ‘n roll servers get down to business in suits and spectacles—much to the delight of the single ladies in the house.
Something Fishy's Going On
Episode 13 - Season 2 - July 29, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to the ‘Coffee Manufacture’ in Lviv, Ukraine for a jolt of Java from their underground “coffee mine”. Then we visit ‘Bahooka’ in Rosemead, California, home to over 100 aquariums and delightfully kitschy Polynesian menu. Next we’re off to Chicago to visit ‘Szalas’ for some hearty Polish fare in a traditional rustic mountain lodge. Finally we’re in Tokyo, where the ‘Elementary School Tavern’ teaches us that good food and good times is always a lesson worth remembering.
A Bite to Remember
Episode 12 - Season 2 - July 22, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to ‘The Miner’s Tavern’ in Wieliczka, Poland where we dine at the bottom of a working salt mine amongst rooms and chambers peppered with ornate rock-salt structures. Then we pull up to ‘The Cove’ in San Antonio, Texas to wash our car, do some laundry, shoot some hoops, and chow down at their family-friendly restaurant that features locally sourced ingredients. Next we’re in Tokyo to sink our teeth into a fiendishly delicious gothic menu at ‘The Vampire Café’. And finally we burn rubber over to Alameda, California to the ‘Homeroom Racing Café’ where a fresh Thai food menu is parked amongst the longest slot car track in the country.
Stary Stary Mlyn
Episode 11 - Season 2 - July 22, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to Seattle, where ‘Teatro ZinZanni’ brings you back to the 1962 World’s Fair for a colourful collection of circus performances, comedy and classic cuisine of the era. Then things heat up in Ternopol, Ukraine at ‘Stary Mlyn’ where a converted steam powered mill now houses a truly eccentric Ukrainian restaurant. Next up we roar into Chicago, where ‘Tommy Guns Garage’ brings a 1920’s Speakeasy back to life with mobsters, molls and a timeless Italian-themed menu. And finally we seek sanctuary in Paris, at ‘Le Refuge Des Fondus’ where climbing over tables and drinking wine out of baby bottles is definitely de rigour.
Episode 10 - Season 2 - July 15, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to Lviv, Ukraine where ‘The House of Legends’ Restaurant lets you explore the myths and legends of the city of Lviv all while enjoying the wonderful fresh local Ukrainian cuisine. Then we visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where the ‘Tattooed Mom’ is designed to bring the art of street culture inside, it’s also the home of the Beard and Moustache club of Philadelphia. Next up we race over to the ‘Corvette Diner’ in San Diego, California where the 50’s are alive and kicking and the servers sing and dance their way through the day with their bouffant hair dos, poodle skirts and plenty of good natured sass. And lastly, we do time in ‘The Lock Up’ in Tokyo, Japan, a jail themed restaurant where getting out is the last thing you want.
Episode 9 - Season 2 - July 15, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants calls in at ‘Restophone’ in Montpellier, France where good times are just a phone call away, and with a phone on every table flirting with fellow customers while enjoying the fusion cuisine is all in good taste. Then we fly in to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where it’s Christmas every day of the year at the ‘Partridge & Pear’. Next we visit the ‘Trailer Park Lounge’ in New York City where kitsch is always the order of the day. Velvet paintings, Astroturf floor and a life sized trailer go hand in hand with their generous pub style menu. Final stop is in Berlin, Germany where we laugh up a storm at ‘Klo’, a restaurant serving traditional German fare and also a shrine to pre-adolescent humour with more pranks and gimmicks than a circus.
Food with a Punch
Episode 8 - Season 2 - July 8, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you aboard a modern day Ark at ‘Kovcheg’, the most eco-friendly building in Ukraine, where alongside the petting zoo and authentic Ukrainian cuisine there’s even a brewery on site to help float your boat. Then in Mesa, Arizona we hit up ‘The Duce’ where you’ll find vintage food, a vintage clothing store and even a retro boxing ring with an old style gym all under the same roof. Later we’ll visit Thailand’s ‘FIVE’ restaurant in Bangkok that is inspired by the elements earth, water, air, fire and spirit for a spellbinding experience. And lastly, we mosey on down to ‘Billy Bob’s Texas’ a western themed affair that is also the world’s largest honky-tonk in Fort Worth, Texas for a 6lb chicken fried steak, bull riding and line dancing to boot.
A Feast for the Eyes
Episode 7 - Season 2 - July 8, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you back to the middle ages for a medieval feast at ‘La Taverne Des Oubliees’ in Seine Et Marne, France. Then at ‘The Bubble Room’ in Captiva Island, Florida, the Bubble Scouts treat you to eclectic dining at its finest, with a décor that is a mix of Christmas nostalgia, dolls houses and Hollywood, scouts honour! Next we journey through hell, purgatory and heaven at ‘Rifugio Degli Artisti' in Dosso, Italy for a divine eating experience inspired by Dante. Finally, we visit ‘Monsterland’ in Mesa, Arizona where a side order of screams comes with every ghoulish inspired dish.
Pie in the Sky
Episode 6 - Season 2 - July 7, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants lifts you off to ‘Dinner in the Sky’, where you’ll dine on a gourmet meal while dangling over Munich. Then we’re off to ‘Kryjivka’ in Lviv, Ukraine where if you’ve ever hungered to hunker in a bunker then this underground, military themed restaurant will have you signing up on the spot. At Tokyo’s ghost-themed ‘Yurei Izakaya’, funeral rituals and a game of wasabi roulette are all part of the fun. And lastly, we head back in time to ‘Medieval Times’ in Buena Park, California where swords clash and maces smash, as you cheer on your favourite knight while enjoying an authentic banquet.
The Art of Dinner
Episode 5 - Season 2 - July 7, 2013
World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to Ukraine’s ‘Salo Museum’, where they turn pig fat into an art—and your dinner. Then we stop in Riverside, California at ‘Tio’s Tacos’—an authentic Mexican restaurant where yesterday’s trash is today’s over-the-top décor—where we’ll witness a wedding in a chapel made of pop bottles. Next we head to Bangkok’s ‘Le Pla Daak’ restaurant where they serve up Northern Thai cuisine and spin classic rock ‘n’ roll from their very own radio station. Then we visit Tennessee’s ‘Lumberjack Feud’ for competitive log rolling, axe-throwing and tree climbing, and some down-home cooking that’s fit for a clan of hungry lumberjacks.
Episode 13 - Season 1 - January 29, 2014World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to Florida, to eat fresh seafood and watch miraculous mermaids doing underwater acrobatics, at the infamous “Wreck’s Bar,” a “sunken” ship, once frequented by Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Joe DiMaggio. Then we’re going really weird at “Kagaya” in Japan, a one-man show that will leave you out of breath with laughter, over delicious down-home Japanese cooking. In Tokyo, you’ll be pampered at the “Butler Café,” where tuxedo clad- servers will fulfill your every desire. We’ll end up in the Big Apple at a clothing optional restaurant, where we will bare it all.
Episode 12 - Season 1 - October 2, 2013World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to London’s Theatre district, to “Sarastro”, for a crazy, kooky take on the art of opera, served up with terrific Turkish cuisine. Then we’re stopping in Taipei, for traditional Taiwanese food that’s so good, the resident “nurses” will keep checking your blood pressure and prescribing your next drink. In Vancouver, we’ll fall down the rabbit hole, into Wonderland, for fabulously fine food—but watch out—you can never be sure if it will make you shrink or make you grow. We’ll end up in Brooklyn, at a rockin’ bowling alley, that serves striking fried chicken and where the portions are anything but spare.
Escape From Alcatraz
Episode 11 - Season 1 - October 2, 2013World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to San Francisco to the famous “Tonga Room,” for an old-fashioned Polynesian Luau, complete with a roasted pig, limbo dancing and an indoor hurricane. Then we’re in Tokyo at the “Calico Cat Café,”which houses 53 resident cats. Customers who don’t own their own pets can have a snack while spending quality time with the cats—and we’ll stop in at the “Deco’s Dog Café”, where locals bring their prized pooches out to join them in some fine dining. We’ll swing down to Southern Florida to “Tundra” where you can chill out with all things icy—from cocktails served in shot glasses made of ice, to tuna tartar presented on ice plates smoking with dry ice. In Japan, we’re going to prison at “Alcatraz ER”—there’s no escape from the mad-scientist themed, Japanese cuisine, served up to you inside a cell, by men in white coats.
Culinary Speed Dating
Episode 10 - Season 1 - September 25, 2013World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to Florida to “Clark’s Fish Camp”, a former bait and tackle shop, now a full service restaurant, that serves wild and exotic meat and offers customers the chance to feed the resident alligator. Then we’re off to Vancouver to “No Fixed Address” for culinary speed dating, where food and romance are blended together. We’ll head to the “Cos Cho Maid Cafe” in Japan to be spoon-fed by “maids” who dish up fun and games foodie-style. And end up in Milwaukee at “Safe House” a restaurant for double agents, counter intelligence and all manner of espionage.
Episode 9 - Season 1 - September 25, 2013World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to Taiwan to “Carton King” where everything is made from recycled cardboard—the tables, chairs, soup bowls—everything. Then we’re off to Amsterdam to “Kinderkookkafe”, a café where the chefs and servers are children who learn the art of cooking in a kid-friendly kitchen. We’re in Taipei for tantalizing Taiwanese food in a sculptural 5-story restaurant that feels like you’ve journeyed into the mind of the artist who created it. We end up in Manchester, England for a dinner in the haunted mansion known as the “Hellfire Club” for some scary dishes like “Satan’s Crown Jewels,” “The All Seeing Eye,” and “Stake Through the Heart”.
Singing Your Supper
Episode 8 - Season 1 - September 18, 2013World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to Berlin, where we’ll be served roasted suckling pig while being entertained by a court jester and knighted by a Knight in Shining Armour. Then we’re off to “Supperclub” in San Francisco, to eat a four-star interpretation of pork belly and fish ‘n chips, while being amused and mesmerized by a wily troop of performance artists. We’ll jet to Japan’s “Arabian Rock” for Middle Eastern food, genies and belly dancers. And end up at “Bom-Bane's” in Brighton Beach, England, where a local, mechanical hat-wearing, eccentric musician sings your supper to you.
Through The Looking Glass
Episode 7 - Season 1 - September 18, 2013World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to San Francisco to “Straw”, a carnival-themed restaurant, where you can play some of your favorite midway games while chowing down on donut-covered burgers and cotton candy. In the Czech Republic, we’ll sample the local beer while bathing in it. In Tokyo, we’ll fall down the rabbit hole into an “Alice in Wonderland” restaurant, to eat Cheshire Cat risotto, Queen of Hearts pizza and “off-with-her-head” desert. We’ll end up in Amsterdam at “Pallazzo” under a big top, where fine dining meets a Cirque de Soleil-style comedic tour de force.
Episode 6 - Season 1 - September 11, 2013World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to a restaurant in Japan, where you’ll have to reel in your own dinner. Then we’re off to Colorado to an off-the-wall Mexican hacienda with a secret tunnel, roaming gorilla and Acapulco-style divers, who leap from atop a 20-foot tall waterfall inside the restaurant. Next, we’re in Tokyo at “Criston Café”, which caters to the local goth crowd, serving signature dishes, like “Vampire Rolls” and a “Tower of Babel Salad”. We’ll finish in New York City at “Lucky Cheng’s” to sample some Asian fusion cuisine served by vivacious, sequined drag queens.
Prehistorical Royal Dining
Episode 5 - Season 1 - September 11, 2013World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to “Giligin’s” in Arizona where little people serve big portions of anything deep-fried and delicious. Then we’re off to Taipei where classic Taiwanese cuisine is served up with traditional fire-breathing puppets. In the Czech Republic’s “Pravek” we’ll eat meat, meat and more meat, brought to the table by a caveman in a prehistoric cave dwelling. We’ll end up in England at “The Puddding Club” where you don’t have to finish your dinner in order to have dessert—in fact there’s no main course at all—just seven glorious courses of celebrated British puddings.
Down For The Count
Episode 4 - Season 1 - September 4, 2013World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to “Dark Dining” in New York City for an upscale meal you’ll eat blindfolded. Then we’ll travel to Asia, for traditional Thai cuisine, where the tables surround a regulation-sized boxing ring. In San Francisco, we check out “The Brainwash Café,” where you can do your laundry, watch a comedy show and eat the best flat-iron chicken sandwich on the coast. Later, we jet back to Japan, for homemade curry that’s cooked up by a conductor and delivered to your table on a miniature train.
Dinner Ninja Style
Episode 3 - Season 1 - September 4, 2013Worlds Weirdest Restaurants takes you to a “Ninja New York”, where at any moment a loud Ninja-waiter might pop out of nowhere to scare the living daylights out of you, while serving up high-end Asian Fusion cuisine. Then we head to “XXXL” in Germany where you’ll need to bring a big appetite, because their schnitzel and burgers are of epic proportions. In Taipei, we take off at “Sky Kitchen”—a replica of the A830 airplane, and if you’re lucky, you might even get bumped up to First Class. Then we end up at “The Waffle Shop” in Pittsburgh for fresh fruit waffles, where customers are invited to be a guest on their ongoing live Talk Show. It could just be your 15 minutes of fame.
Episode 2 - Season 1 - August 28, 2013World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to the USA for down-home burgers and ribs at “Dick’s Last Resort”, where people pay to be abused by the rudest waiters around. Then we’re off to Italy to a restaurant built in a barn. You’d better stay on your toes—the servers will toss your plate from across the room, scoop bacon and mushroom risotto from the back of a tractor with a handyman’s trowel and you might get a tableside visit by the resident donkey. We go off our diets at the “Heart Attack Grill” to gorge on four-pound bacon- cheeseburgers, all-you-can-eat fries and high-fat, chocolate milkshakes. And finally, we journey to a Japanese tavern for fresh sashimi, fried chicken and beer that is brought to your table by a trained monkey.
Going To The Dogs
Episode 1 - Season 1 - August 28, 2013World’s Weirdest Restaurants takes you to “Modern Toilet” in Taipei where you’ll be served curry in a tabletop porcelain toilet. Then we’re off to “Voodoo Donuts” in Portland to sample divinely decadent donuts and witness a wild wedding. We jet to Germany where you can order classic Bavarian cuisine delivered straight to your table on a unique rail system that merges modern technology with good old fashioned gravity. Later we head back to the Pacific Northwest, to the “Dining Dog Café,” where dogs slip into formal wear and dine on a four course gourmet meal.