One of the world’s most unusual restaurants is now in Manila

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Dinner In The Sky is a “sky dining experience” that uses a crane to hoist a table of guests and waitstaff up in the air for an hour-long dinner. Photo courtesy of DINNER IN THE SKY PH

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — For adventurous foodies, the weirder and wilder the experience, the better. And the Philippines is home to some pretty weird foods and restaurants. Yet this summer, a dining service aims to take diners in Manila to new heights — 150 feet in the air to be exact.

Dinner In The Sky is a “sky dining experience” that uses a crane to hoist a table of guests and waitstaff up in the air for an hour-long dinner. The service, which has made its way to Forbes Magazine’s list of the world’s Top 10 Most Unusual Restaurants, originated in Belgium, and has been brought to over 5,000 events in more than 45 cities around the world, from the Las Vegas Strip to the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Manila was chosen as the next stop because of Filipinos’ adventurous spirit. “[Filipinos,] they like food, they like exciting adventures,” says Arvin Randahwa, CEO of DITS Asia, at the media launch. The dining experience will take place in Solaire Resort and Casino’s grounds, giving diners a unique view of the Manila Bay sunset.   

Starting April 3, 2018, two dinner services, a sunset view and a city skyline view, will be available to guests everyday for two whole months.

The four-course dinner will be prepared by three of Solaire’s chefs — Waterside’s Chef Hylton Le Roux, Finestra’s Chef Alan Marchetti, and Yakumi’s Norimasa Kosaka — along with Chef Kenneth Cacho, Director for Culinary Arts of the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management (ISCAHM) and Michelin-star Chef Yves Mattagne of Sea Grill in Brussels, Belgium.

“This is a place where you are most focused towards your food because you can't just walk out towards the toilet or take a cigarette or answer a phone call,” says Randahwa. “You are there, strapped to your chair for one hour, just you, the food, the chef, the music, and the ambiance.”

In terms of safety, the group ensures guests that not a single incident has occurred since the dining experience launched in 2006. A new table is created for each country, and is built in Belgium and tested by TÜV Rhineland. Certain age, weight, and height restrictions are also implemented to ensure the safety of all guests.

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Dinner In The Sky Philippines is a partnership between DITS Asia, events organizer MMI Live, and Solaire Resort and Casino. Tickets can be purchased online at dinnerinthesky.ph.