The festive season is well and truly here and, for many of us, that means having fun, exploring new places and discovering new things. Themed restaurants are gaining popularity and, for those that are keen to have a Christmas and New Year that’s a little left of centre, they’re a brilliant option.
At Mantello Hyundai, we’ve put together this list of 10 exciting, themed restaurants for you to check out this summer holiday season – from a burger in a train carriage to a dinner in the air – you’ll love our exciting, themed options.
1. Panda Hot Pot
Located in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton, Panda Hot Pot is a Sichuan-themed dining experience that hosts nightly, family-friendly performances and allows cooking at your table. From the traditional décor to the delicious cuisine, a night at Panda Hot Pot is fun for all the family this holiday season.
2. Soda Rock Diner
Looking for a themed restaurant to visit in Melbourne this Christmas? Look no further than Soda Rock Diner on Chapel Street. This themed restaurant is like stepping back into the 1950s and boasts roller-skating servers, pinball machines, a jukebox and a menu of classic American favourites.
For a burger experience in a train, located five storeys above street level, Easy’s in Collingwood is a themed restaurant experience to remember. You literally get to eat your delicious burger in a carriage with views of the whole city. There are burgers, hot dogs, chips, chicken wings and doughnuts aplenty – perfect for the whole family this holiday season.
4. Munich Brauhaus
At Mantello Hyundai, we love a pretzel, a schnitzel and a beer. At Munich Bruahaus in South Wharf you can have all three – and more. This German-themed dining experience will leave you feeling satisfied and full of Bavarian bier, pickles, pork knuckle and whatever other German treats take your fancy. Head there over Christmas and new year for an unforgettable time.
5. Witches in Britches
What list of themed restaurants in Melbourne would be complete without a mention of West Melbourne’s Witches in Britches? Enjoy a (creepy) three course meal and dance the night away with cheesy music, witchy performances and food you can really sink your (Dracula) teeth into.
6. Truck Stop Deluxe
Why not take your Hyundai for a trip to Werribee and eat a burger inside a truck this holiday season? That’s right – Truck Stop Deluxe is a west-coast-inspired diner serving up burgers, shakes and cocktails. There are vegetarian options and a great dessert menu that the whole family will love.
7. Rice Queen
Step into another world at Fitzroy’s Rice Queen. Full of bright paper lanterns, blossoms and the funkiest décor around, it’s hard not to have fun here. With good-quality Asian food and even a karaoke room, it’s the perfect place to get together with a group of friends for a fun-filled evening.
This one’s definitely more of a bar than a restaurant, but this fairytale-themed venue starts off with a climb up some rickety stairs to a witch-infested forest. There are references to children’s novels, a mushroom palace cocktail bar and the chance to perch in a giant golden birdcage by a fireplace. The whole experience is carnival-esque and gets pretty busy on weekends.
9. Croft Institute
Another one that’s more drink-y than food-y, the Croft Institute is a classic ‘hidden’ Melbourne bar that mimics a medical science lab. From experimental cocktails to bloody, hospital room-themed bathrooms – this one will leave you creeped out, without a doubt.
10. Dinner in the Sky
If you’re after a themed restaurant this holiday season, why not check out Dinner in the Sky? Since 2008, this elevated dining experience boasts Michelin-star dishes, amazing views and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for diners. As you eat, you’re safely suspended 50 metres in the air and offered 5-star service.
What themed restaurant will you visit this holiday season?
Now that you’ve checked out our favourite themed venues, what bar or restaurant will you visit this summer? From elevated dining to creepy experiences – there really is something for everyone to enjoy.