London: When it first made headlines, everything about nude bistro struck as unusual. But, now it is on wheel, trending in leading capital cities across the world. Beginning with Britain and Japan, more cities are expected to adopt the trend, making their populace feel different.
To begin with the nude restaurant in Japan, it had an Indian name, The Amrita. Though there was a discriminatory policy that forbade entry of overweight people and those over the age of 60, that too faded away, considering the augment need and urge from people.
Still, some rules remain in place. People with tattoos will not be allowed in as tattoos in Japan are associated with crime syndicates known as Yakuzas. It is not uncommon in Japan for many public places to refuse entry to people with tattoos.
That’s not all — Customers will also not be allowed to use their mobile phones and would be required to lock them away during the dining.
Opened in June, Bunyadi at the central London venue will offer gowns, changing rooms and lockers to guests wanting to digest the sight of their own exposed skin while getting their chow on. More than 32,000 people had signed up, prior to its opening, for a chance to dine at Bunyadi, a pop-up restaurant billed as the UK capital’s first “naked food experience”.
But only 42 diners a time will fit in the restaurant, meaning that many of those hoping for a naked lunch, or dinner, will be disappointed.
“I’m both surprised and excited by the response,” Seb Lyall, whose company Lollipop is behind the venture, told media.
The Bunyadi is offering an entirely natural dining experience, operating without electricity and gas, serving food on handmade clay plates with edible cutlery and asking diners to cast off their mobile phones and even their clothes, if they want to.
Upon entering The Bunyadi guests are taken to a private room where they may change into a gown, which they can wear or remove during the meal. There is also a “clothes” section for those who wish to remain dressed while dining.
Kashan Kafoor, a customer, wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook page: “I felt welcome as soon as I stepped into the unmarked building. Along with the (optional) nudity and raw foods comes the ban of devices, I definitely felt more engaged with my company and our waitress – a rule I’d like to see more restaurants adopt. I have never had a more comfortable dining experience.
“I think the whole experience really hit the nail on the head, both for food and for what it stood for. I felt so relaxed, comfortable, free! It ‘just worked’. As someone who has to constantly be on my phone for work – not having anything on me was wonderful – my partner and I talked, laughed and genuinely connected in a very natural way,” says another customer Lizzie West.
“The idea is to experience pure liberation. We believe people should get the chance to enjoy and experience a night out without any impurities: no chemicals, no artificial colours, no electricity, no gas, no phone and even no clothes if they wish to. We have worked very hard to design a space where everything patrons interact with is bare and naked,” says Lollipop’s founder Seb Lyall.
The reviews and posts on the social network regarding the new experience announces the possibility of emerging much more naked dining restaurants, at least in the west or in the leading economies across the world. Yes, the world is pacing behind liberation, be it in any form.