FINE dining has soared to new heights, literally.
Four Seasons Hotel Pudong Shanghai unveiled its restaurant in the air today, where guests sit around a table 50 meters in the sky.
A table accommodating 22 diners was secured to a platform suspended by metal cords and hoisted into the sky by a crane. Diners are fastened into cushioned chairs, almost as if they are going on a roller-coaster ride.
The hotel’s executive chef, Weimar Gomez, cooks in the middle. A four-course lunch, afternoon tea and seven-course wine dinner were being served both today and tomorrow. Prices ranged from 1,888 yuan (US$303) to 8,888 yuan per person.
“My kitchen is small and tiny so I need to really concentrate on cooking, which seems to be a waste of the nice view,” Gomez said.
It’s the first time such a dining experience was offered in China. Twenty-two restaurateurs in Belgium initiated the idea in 2007.