Tokyo is known worldwide for offering something a little different in most aspects of life. Be it sleeping in a rentable pod, dressing up as your favourite fictional character on a frequent basis or simply the unparalleled blend of modern innovation and ancient tradition that runs through the city. Dining out in Tokyo is no different in this regard, with a number of unique experiences and delightful gimmicks making it like no other place on Earth.
It's almost impossible to know where to start, as is the randomness and the variety of the offerings in Tokyo. So let's start with a bang and head straight into the set of a sci-fi/action film as we dine at the Robot Restaurant. Lasers and lights dash around the room where you'll also have the pleasure of taking in a show, or perhaps dance the night away in this restaurant/theatre/nightclub hybrid which makes for something new in itself. Robot Boxing, people dressed up as amine characters and samurais on segways are just a selection of possibilities of what you might witness after enjoying a meal here.
Next up, we're building up some steam for a meal in rather contrasting surroundings. The Niagara Curry House is one dedicated to the world of trains, with railway memorabilia everywhere you look. From destination nameplates to passenger car-style seats this restaurant takes it's passion seriously. So far so that you order your food from a meal ticket vending machine offering a number of Japanese-style curries and a host of toppings to go with it. The best part of your experience will be receiving your food via a model railway, overseen by the restaurant/railway manager, who would look out of place at the local train station.
When we think of Japanese restaurants, a common image that pops into our mind is the now traditional sushi restaurant, where small plates of raw fish spiral round the restaurant on a continuous conveyor belt. However, the high-tech Uobei Restaurant is one that is aiming to buck this trend. Here, customers take their seat and order their food on a touch-screen computer before their food arrives via a high speed chute - somewhat reminiscent of the famous bullet train. At just 100 yen (or so) per dish, the food here is incredibly cheap and when added to the incredible speed of service, this is fast food at it's very best.
Of course, if you'd rather try something a little more traditional and learn about how to make some for yourself in the process, then this Gourmet Tokyo Experience, with it's sushi workshop could be the one for you!