A Gastronomic Adventure

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Blurring the lines between cuisine and concept, immersive dining destinations have been popping up at all corners of the world. Challenging our expectations and perceptions with quirky food, exclusive settings and avant-garde theatrics, this week The Edit uncovers five destinations that do dining a little differently.

Chambers of Flavour

London, United Kingdom

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Gingerline, the pioneers of multi-dimensional East London dining, bring their inimitable creative flair and outlandish ideas to new experience Chambers of Flavour. Back for its third installment in 2018, this one-off evening beckons anyone with a sensibility for eating, art, and performance. Pairing cuisine with theatrics, each rendition is entirely different and keeping with its elusive and underground nature, attendees won’t know the exact location they’re headed until the day with instructions sent via text. We don’t want to give too much away but if the last two sell-out installments – with their adult-sized ball pits, old-school game show sets, beaker-served ramen, and lycra-clad actors – are anything to go by, foodie-adventurers won’t want to miss it.

Ultraviolet

Shanghai, China

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Shaking up Shanghai’s gastronomy scene since 2012, Paul Pairet’s Ultraviolet dining experience is undoubtedly the most unique in the city, if not the world. Limited to 10 guests a night, the high-concept ‘restaurant’ is set in a cocoon-like dining space with white walls and a single white table. A complete convergence of the senses, the evening experience is designed to play with misperceptions of taste by way of a high-tech video, audio, scent and lighting production. Not sacrificing on taste in favor of astounding guests however, Pairet’s innovative 20-course menus are complemented by the artfully engineered theatrics to ensure that one’s taste and senses are elevated.

The Yurt

Utah, United States

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Located at Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah’s picturesque Big Cottonwood Canyon, The Yurt promises an enchanting and unforgettable evening. A winter-only experience, the secluded Mongolian Yurt – a traditional tent dwelling for nomads – is reachable only by foot, with an off-road ‘trek’ through snow-covered terrain and moon-lit pathways needed to get there. Past the pines at an open clearing, The Yurt’s convivial and cosy atmosphere awaits. Indoors, guests will find seating for maximum 26 people and a private chef who’ll be on site preparing, right before your eyes, a completely tailored, four-course dinner.

Sublimotion

Ibiza, Spain

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An island renowned for its stunning beaches and formidable party scene, Ibiza also happens to be home to a site of utter gastronomic innovation. Cue Sublimotion Ibiza: the brainchild of Michelin-starred Spanish chef, Paco Roncero.  Set in a temperature-controlled room surrounded by 3D screens, 12 guests at a time are treated to a multi-sensory and interactive dinner. Field experts across film, fashion, illustration, design, food and craft have carefully choreographed the entire experience to complement the 20-course tasting menu for an utterly unique and unforgettable night out.

Subsix

Niyami, Maldives

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Once the world’s first underwater nightclub, this dining destination has since been renovated to provide foodies with fine fare in a luxurious underwater setting. Set 500m offshore and almost 20ft under the Indian Ocean, this multipurpose space now serves as a setting for champagne breakfasts, lunchtime celebrations and evening events. The interior architecture has been designed to emulate the aquatic surrounds with coral-like chandeliers, anemone textured chairs and an undulating capiz-shell ceiling. Admire the passing parrotfish and moray eels before indulging in an inspired menu of lobster, crab, wagyu beef and sea bass.

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