World's Strangest Restaurants
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
The Weird Factor: Jacques Cousteau meets Blue Water Grill at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s Ithaa, the world’s first aquarium-style underwater restaurant, set 16 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean between a lagoon and coral reef. Those lucky enough to score one of the dozen seats can dine with the fishes, surrounded by clear acrylic and 180-degree, below-water views. Reached by a wooden walkway from the nearby over-water Sunset Grill, the $5 million restaurant serves a four-course contemporary fusion Maldivian menu—and the live sea creatures that come to check you out rival anything on your plate.
Signature Dish: Crab tower with thin ciabatta and truffle mayonnaise and Maldivian banana and chili mascarpone with cream with crushed basil.
Info: Rangali Island, 2034, Maldives, www.hiltonworldresorts.com