Curry from a toilet bowl, naked dinner guests and waiters paid to insult you: New show reveals the world's weirdest restaurants
23:50 GMT, 27 March 2012
When choosing where to dine out, options generally tend to revolve around the county or region whose food you feel like eating.
But Canadian foodie and television host, Bob Blumer, has spent the past six months circumnavigating the globe in search of the world's weirdest restaurants where choices transcend cultural tradition and range from naked dining to eating out of a toilet bowl.
Next month, Canada's Food Network will air Mr Blumer's new series in which he and his camera crew sample the delights of 52 off-the-wall eateries, the most wacky of which were discovered in the US and Tokyo.
Poo! Culinary adventurer and televison host, Bob Blumer, traveled the world looking for the weirdest restaurants and found one in Taiwan where the curry is served in miniature toilet bowls
A pound of flesh: A restaurant in the US where nudists go to eat was one of the few places the foodie was reluctant to join in the tradition
'I dined in a rabbit hole, a prison cell and a laundromat, and was served by monkeys, cross-dressers and Neanderthals,' Mr Blumer explained on PaperNYFilms.com. 'I've definitely eaten at some crazy places in my life, but nothing compares to what viewers are going to see in this new series.'
Speaking to the team on Canada's The Morning Show about his weird and wonderful revelations, the 'culinary adventurer' admitted that in most cases 'the environment actually helps the food along because there's not much focus on the food.'
At Modern Toilet in Taiwan, of the curry he ate out of a toilet bowl, Mr Blumer reported: 'You think to yourself, okay maybe there's some people over there who think it's kind of fun. It's a franchise!'
'They do like the poo humour,' he added.
Contrary to the anchors' presumption that the show will be a huge boost to the eateries' business, the host confessed: 'Often we would call restaurants and there was a very beaten path…they're very popular not only with customers but camera crews like to cover them.'
20 per cent tip In San Antonio's Dick's Last Resort, wait staff are paid to hurl abuse at patrons and throw menus at them among other insults
Clean living: At this establishment in San Francisco, aptly named, The Brainwash Cafe, dinner guests can do their laundry, have dinner and watch a comedy show
Monkeying around: Macaque monkeys deliver patrons their refreshments at the Kayabuki Tavern in Tokyo
Among the abundant oddball places visited was an Italian farmhouse where risotto was doled out by a tractor and the dishes cleared at the end of the meal by a donkey.
'We were in Tokyo for three weeks because there are so many weird restaurants [there],' Mr Blumer said, recalling one where Macaque monkeys brought him his beer and another animal friendly cat-themed restaurant.
Confessing to a disappointing dearth of weirdness in Toronto, he did sample two places in Vancouver, one of which was a speed-dating-themed pop-up called No Fixed Address where couples were paired up by the restaurant depending on which dishes they had chosen.
Culinary canines: At Deco's Dog cafe, the pets receive the special treatment. Owners bring their beloved pooches who are dressed up and accompanied by dinner dates
Furry friends: The team stayed in Tokyo for three weeks on account of the abundance of bizarre eateries like this one where cats ruled the restaurant
The animals are all dead here: Taxidermy heaven at Clark's Fish Bait, a former bait and tackle shop in Jacksonville, Florida
'There was rabbit on the menu which I thought was interesting because not too many people will choose rabbit in a dating situation,' he laughed.
Perhaps more interestingly, however, were the eateries in America.
In New York he dined blindfolded on one occasion and among nudists on another – resisting the temptation to join in the fun.
At Deco's Dog Cafe, hungry canines were dressed up in their best costumes as pet owners treated their beloved dogs and their dates to an evening out.
Open sesame: At Chos-Cha Maid Cafe in Japan, waitresses dressed as maids spoon fed the hungry host while pouring him his tea
Cheers! A beer in a bath at Chodovar. The television personality admitted that at many of the establishments, the quirks took centre stage over the food and drink
And tipping proved a conundrum for the foodie at Dick's Last Resort in San Antonio where the wait staff insult the customers, yell and throw menus.
'The service is just terrible,' he told his morning show hosts, 'which is the whole deal. And then at the end of the night you sit trying to figure out how you're going to calculate your tip.'
And as if his cholesterol levels hadn't probably suffered enough of a beating from six months on the road, the Heart Attack Grill where patrons are given hospital gowns and waited on by attractive nurses, offered such a fattening menu when Mr Blumer sat down he was prepped for 'bypass surgery'.