10 Unique Dining Experiences in Asia

See each city from a brand new perspective through these unusual dining experiences where heritage, experimentation, and environment come into play.

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1. Dine in an ancestral home at Pio’s Kitchen, Manila
Helmed by chef Chin Gallegos, Pio’s Kitchen is a private dining restaurant transformed from her grandparents’ ancestral home. As such, diners can expect to feel right at home with cuisine inspired by the chef’s family roots—with Spanish and Filipino flavors to boot. That’s not all, diners are also encouraged to explore the house and even join in to help cook a dish or two if they so wish.

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2. Dine with the fishes at Ocean Restaurant, Singapore
Love the underwater world? You’ll be in for a wonderful experience at the Ocean Restaurant by famed American chef Cat Cora, which claims to be Southeast Asia’s only underwater aquarium restaurant. Located in Equarius Hotel on Sentosa Island, the restaurant serves fresh Mediterranean-Californian cuisine, crafted from regional produce and sustainable sources.

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3. Dine in a green oasis at JimBARan Outdoor Lounge, Jakarta
Chancing upon an outdoor terrace in hectic Jakarta can be a breath of fresh air. As such, JimBARan is a gem thanks to its stunning open atrium lounge, which is surrounded by lush greenery. Here, diners can tuck into chef Neo Komarudin’s afternoon tea, sip on bespoke cocktails, enjoy happy hour deals, and chill out to live jazz music performances.

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4. Dine in the air on a Singapore Cable Car
To admire the Singapore skyline, consider a ride in the comfort of the Singapore Cable Car and marvel at scenic views from Faber Peak all the way to Sentosa Island. Surprise that special someone with a scrumptious four-course meal for two, which can be enjoyed over three rounds on the cable car. For special occasions like a proposal, diners can even opt for a floral-decorated cabin.

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5. Dine amid flowers at The Orchid Conservatory, Kuala Lumpur
If blooms bring a smile to your face, be sure to check out The Orchid Conservatory in the neo-classical Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Diners can tuck into intimate lunches, afternoon tea, and celebratory dinners all while being surrounded by a hanging garden and orchidscape within a glass atrium. As the seasons progress, so do the variety of orchids on display.

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6. Step inside a fairy tale at Reverie Café and Patisserie, Bangkok
It’s a fairytale come true at Reverie Café and Patisserie—from its red door which resembles a children’s book to the enchanting decor, which makes references to various well-loved fairy tales. You’ll spot the likes of a gold genie lamp, a glass slipper, an enchanted rose, and a teapot chandelier as you enjoy whimsical-sounding treats like Peter Pandan and The Beast Chocolate Ever.

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7. Dine on a boat at Alexandra’s Secret Kitchen, Hong Kong
Unless you get seasick easily, there’s no reason to not check out Alexandra’s Secret Kitchen. The unusual restaurant is in fact on a boat moored in the Aberdeen Harbor and serves traditional French cuisine inspired by the seasons. For groups of more than 12 guests, the dinner will take place on a junk moored in Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter or Deep Water Bay.

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8. Enjoy molecular gastronomy at Bo Innovation, Hong Kong
Bo Innovation, led by chef Alvin Leung who specializes in “X-treme Chinese Cuisine’, has been touted as Hong Kong’s answer to molecular gastronomy. Guests can expect mindbogglingly innovative dishes that evoke Hong Kong of yore, such as caviar and smoked quail egg dim sum, clothed in crispy taro; as well as organic long jiang chicken, prepared with ingredients like wood ear fungus, shiitake and lotus leaf.

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9. Dine in the dark at Kuala Lumpur
Perfect for adventurous diners, Dining In the Dark Kuala Lumpur offers a multi-course meal served in a completely dark room. With the absence of sight, as well as trusty mobile phones, guests can enjoy a culinary journey through a heightened sense of taste, smell, touch, and sound. Menu items change seasonally, with wine pairing options available as well.

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10. A relaxing retreat at Tamarind Springs, Selangor
Have yourself a nature retreat when you dine at Tamarind Springs by Selangor, a restaurant nestled in Ampang’s forest reserve. The tranquil space soothes the mind, while the cuisine—a fascinating mix of flavors from Khmer, Lao, and Vietnamese kitchens, will satiate your appetite. Just a 15-minutes drive from town, a dining experience here is not just an escapade from city life, but also an entrance into nature’s gateway.

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