Toilets, Trains, Graveyards – Here Are The Craziest Restaurants In India

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They say that outside your comfort zone is where the magic happens. It is time to put those words to test and kick it up a notch, by grabbing a meal at one of the most eccentric restaurants in India. Enjoy your food sitting on a toilet or have dinner with the dead in an actual cemetery – whatever floats your bizarre boat! Exhibiting the don't-hold-back approach, these eateries aren't afraid to shake things up a little for those willing to try something out of the ordinary. Here are some of the wackiest and borderline ludicrous restaurants in the country:

Metro rides have never been this fun

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After clambering your way to the nearest empty seat on the metro, do you instinctively dig into your backpack to grab that bag of chips? Does food just taste better on a train? If the answer is yes, you have got to check out this restaurant that isn't afraid to push the boundaries, with metallic interiors that very accurately mimic the insides of the metro!

Cost: Rs 700 for two

Cuisine: North Indian, Mughlai

Standout dishes: Dimsums, mutton biryani, fish fry and chicken soup

Timings and location: 12pm to 3:30pm and 6pm to 11pm; 3rd floor, Total Mall, Madivala, Koramangala, Bangalore; Ohri's Cuisine Court, Basheerbagh, Hyderabad

Contact: 080 40003333, 91 9731558300 (Bangalore), 040 2329 8822 (Hyderabad)

Allow yourself to be 'arrested' and locked in a prison cell

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For those who have a penchant for prisoners, the Kaidi Kitchen may be right up your alley. Be whisked away into a prison cell and have a 'police inspector' march in to take food orders. If that doesn't intimidate you, let grim 'inmates' serve you your meal. This bizarre prison-themed restaurant very accurately imitates the forbidding environment of a police station, and is complete with eight prison cells that serve as seating areas for customers.

Cost: Rs 800 for two

Cuisine: Continental, Chinese, Italian, north Indian (only vegetarian food)

Standout dishes: Crispy baby corn, paneer roganjosh, aloo tikka, mattar paneer

Timings and locations: 12am to 3:30pm, 7pm to 11pm; 286/A, Road 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad and 12 A, Usha Kiran Building, Camac Street, Kolkata

Contact: 040 30676332 (Hyderabad), 090622 16001 (Kolkata)

This is one arrrrghsome pirate-themed restaurant

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Photo of The Black Pearl, Jyoti Nivas College Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Pallavi Paul

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Photo of The Black Pearl, Jyoti Nivas College Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Pallavi Paul

Rum to a pirate is what cheese is to macaroni. This pirate-based restaurant – with its special selection of rum-based signature cocktails such as Pirate's Tea and Caribbean Smuggler – does not disappoint. So arrrrre you ready to slap on an eye patch and demolish a plateful of BBQ meat? Do you want to play pirate and guzzle gallons of rum? If yes, this should be your new hangout.

Cost: Rs 1,400 for two

Cuisine: North Indian, European, Mediterranean, BBQ

Standout dishes: BBQ, seafood, crispy chicken and paan ice cream

Timings and location: 12pm to 3:30pm, 7pm to 11:30pm; 105, 1st A Cross Road, Jyothi Nivas College Road, Koramangala 5th Block, Bangalore

Contact: 080 3045 6333

A perfect little lavatory that whips up delicious snacks

Nature's Call Toilet Cafe, Ahmedabad

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When nature calls, plonk yourself down on a toilet and order some delicious food. Yes, that's correct. Although a toilet-themed restaurant may not do wonders to most people's appetite, The Nature's Call Toilet Cafe seems to do brisk business and has a loyal clientele of locals. This cafe sits right in the middle of the toilet garden, which has nearly 21 different kinds of toilets and urinals. A fitting tribute to the humble toilet indeed!

Where: Safai Vidyalaya, Ashram Road, Hridaya Kunj, Old Wadaj, Ahmedabad

Devour scrumptious meals at this cemetery

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Photo of New Lucky Restaurant, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Pallavi Paul

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Dine with the deceased at the eerie New Lucky restaurant, built on an actual Muslim cemetery. The tables are neatly placed around graves sealed off by iron grills, and the cafe has become a rather popular hangout among youngsters. The owner of this ironically-named restaurant believes that the tombstones bring him luck, and ensures they're well maintained by the staff.

Cost: Rs 300 for two

Cuisine: South Indian, north Indian, fast food

Standout dishes: Bun maskas, buttery rolls, coffee and masala chai

Timings and location: 5am to 1am; Opposite City College, Lal Darwaza, Ahmedabad

Contact: 079 25505033

When the walls cave in, go to Gufha

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Photo of Gufha Restaurant, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Pallavi Paul

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As the name suggests, Gufha is an unusual cave-themed restaurant. The interiors have walls with a rock/cave like texture, low ceilings and a dark atmosphere, making it strikingly similar to an actual cave. Keep an eye out for fake flame torches and creepy cobwebs hanging off the walls!

Cost: Rs 1,200 for two

Cuisine: North Indian, Pakistani, Afghani

Standout dishes: Seafood platter, chicken curry, paneer tikka and rabri

Timings and location: 12pm to 11:30pm; 79/8, Diagonal Road, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore

Contact: 080 49652973

Here's a shout-out to all the Salman fans!

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Photo of Bhaijaanz, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Pallavi Paul

Bhaijaanz Cafe is strictly for those who adore Salman Khan. Opened by one of his die-hard fans, this restaurant is a true dedication to the controversial Bollywood star. The menu has dishes named after legendary Salman movies such as 'Anda Apna Apna', 'Ek Garam Chai Ki Pyali Ho' and 'Salaam-e-Sandwich'. Television screens belt out music videos of Salman Khan running around, trying to woo the pretty leading lady. There's no escaping the presence of the Dabangg star at this restaurant!

Cost: Rs 900 for two

Cuisine: Mughlai, north Indian, Chinese

Standout dishes: Haleem, butter chicken, murgh makhni, chicken dum biryani, berry pulao, lamb chops, firni

Timings and location: 9am to 12am; G2, White Rose Building, Rizvi Complex, Sherly Rajan Road, Carter Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

Contact: 022 30151093

Others that are worth a mention:

NASA, Bangalore

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With its doorways and neon blue lights, this restaurant was something out of a Hollywood space odyssey. The interiors were designed like a space shuttle, with the serving staff dressed as astronauts! This resto-pub was at the popular Church Street in Bangalore, and was known for its loud rock music and draught beer.

(Now closed)

Dark Dine Invisible

As clichéd as this may sound, eating at Dark Dine Invisible was more about the experience than the food served. Patrons would be escorted into a pitch black room, be seated and served by blind staff. The idea was to savour food by taking vision out of the equation and, thus, heighten other senses.

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