- Costes restaurant in Budapest, Hungary served guests a four-course dinner on the Budapest Eye overlooking the city's skyline on Saturday night.
- The restaurant's owner, Karoly Gerendai, said the idea came to him after noticing low visitor levels compared to those pre-lockdown.
- A meal on the famed Ferris wheel is ideal for socially distanced dining, with tickets costing around $155 for a four-course meal.
- Despite the weather being cold, guests described the event as a "lifetime experience." The restaurant plans to rerun the event next year during the warmer months.
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With the pandemic ongoing, hospitality has been forced to take restaurant going to new heights, and in this case — quite literally.
A Michelin-starred restaurant in Budapest, Hungary offered guests a fine dining experience on the famed Budapest Eye Ferris wheel on October 17, overlooking the city's views.
Costes restaurant staged the event in hopes of showing diners that restaurants are continuously looking for ways to make eating out safer.
Speaking with Reuters, Costes' owner Karoly Gerendai said that the idea of a socially distanced dinner service came to him after noticing that attendance was only at a tenth of pre-lockdown levels.
"Now that there are not many people either on the wheel or in the restaurant because there are no tourists, the opportunity arose that we could do this," Gerendai said, adding that "the Ferris wheel is ideal with its separate cabins so we can solve the issue of separate seating for guests."
Tickets for the experience were priced at 48,000 forints ($155) and sold out within days of going on sale, according to Gerendai, who is planning to repeat the event in the warmer months next year.
The restaurant shared the menu for the four-course meal via its Instagram, which included stewed beef and duck liver terrine with roasted root vegetables, grilled gnocchi with Jerusalem artichokes in marrow sauce, and Poire belle Hélène (poached pears) for dessert.
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Csillagos vacsora a csillagok között… Ha valaki esetleg még nem hallott volna a Costes Downtown egyedülálló kezdeményezéséről: 2020. október 17-én, szombaton este az étterem vacsoráját az óriáskeréken, a csillagos égbolt alatt is elfogyaszthatjátok. A felszolgált menüsor: Párolt marhafartő- és kacsamáj-terrin, sült gyökérzöldségek Pácolt fogas, sütőtök és cikória Rostélyos, gnocchi, csicsóka és velőmártás Posírozott körte Szép Heléna módra Pár kabin elérhető még, de hogy maximálisan tudjunk készülni az eseményre, a foglalásokat – előreláthatólag – a holnapi napon lezárjuk. További részletek és foglalás: a honlapunk (www.costesdowntown.hu) főoldalán található gomb alatt. #experiencecostes #costesdowntown #magyarbor #borvalogatas #borválogatás #sommeliersselection #sommelierslife #sommelier #mystorywithmichelin #finedining #stayathome #challengeyourself #eatwellbewell #mutimiteszel #mutimitfőzöl #mutimitiszol #hungarianwine #wineporn #foodporn #michelinstar #budapestrestaurant #budapestfinedining #tastingmenu #newmenu #hungarianlife #budapestlife #budapestcitycenter #michelinstar #chefslife #chefsoninstagram #chefstalk
In May, Mediamtic Eten in Amsterdam trialed its "Serres Sépparées" (separate greenhouses) which were designed especially for two people to dine in, ideally from the same household.
Besides building separate pods for diners to enjoy a meal in, other restaurants have been finding quirky ways of encouraging social distancing at their establishments.
The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia seated 1940s-styled mannequins at empty tables. Café & Konditorei Rothe in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany gave its customers hats with pool noodles attached as a fun way to social distance.
A representative for Costes told Insider that guests described the event as "a lifetime experience."
"We asked the participants yesterday to let us know about their experience and everyone is talking in superlatives about the event."
The representative said that it was very cold on the night and that cabins on the Ferris wheel aren't heated, although they did provide guests with blankets and pillows to keep them warm during the three-hour-long meal.
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