Multisensory Dining: 10 Eateries With a TwistBy Lindsay Silberman | October 28, 2013 By Lindsay Silberman | October 28, 2013
It took chef Paul Pairet 15 years to execute his concept for Ultraviolet, the extravagant multisensory restaurant in Shanghai that has only 10 chairs. When Ultraviolet officially opened last year, diners finally understood what took so long - the restaurant required 29.5 tons of steel, 45 doors, 8.6 miles of cables and 4,274 pieces of silverware and is outfitted with 56 speakers, 7 projectors and 10 computer screens. Guests partake in an avant-garde 20-course meal, accompanied by sight, sound, touch, smell and most importantly: taste.
To call the restaurant an “immersive experience” would be an understatement. Of course, the immersive concept itself isn’t new, but Pairet’s take on it has spurred conversation about how other restaurants around the world interpret multisensory dining. Here are 10 of the most innovative and interesting eateries that play on the other senses (in addition to taste).