I’m not the biggest supporter of theme restaurants – I did the Hard Rock Cafe circuit as an adolescent and wouldn’t do it again – but I have to admit that the Hospitalis restaurant in Latvia is pretty brilliant. Created by one of the head medical officials in the city, the restaurant partnered with local hospitals and the History of Medicine to create a eating experience that’s both cool and creepy:
Both floors of “Hospitālis” really resemble a hospital: sterile white walls and ceilings, floor tiled with shiny tiles, walls decorated with polished and renewed surgical instruments, medical literature in book-shelves. If the client wants to, he can become a patient and choose between having meal in stylized operating room, gynecology or dental cabinet. Screens located in all rooms of the restaurant demonstrate medicine-related episodes from movies.
Other elements include a mirror room for megalomanics, a meal where lab mice are your dinner mates, and a lobby with padded walls and furniture out of a madhouse. The menu sticks with the theme, with items listed in Latin, and you can opt to eat with surgical instruments instead of traditional cutlery. And naturally, nurses are tableside, overseeing your stay.
Would you eat here? Is surgical dining your thing?
- Nat Geo Expeditions