Want to Reserve a Spot at London’s First Nude Restaurant?

A rendering of the entrance to the Bunyadi’s bar area, where fully clothed patrons can choose to change into a robe before dining inside the clothing-optional restaurant. (Courtesy of the Bunyadi)
A rendering of the entrance to the Bunyadi’s bar area, where fully clothed patrons can choose to change into a robe before dining inside the clothing-optional restaurant. (Courtesy of the Bunyadi)

*If you want to reserve a spot at London’s first nude restaurant, there’s a waiting list. A long one. Like 16,000 names long. That’s a whole lot of nekked (sic) people waiting to eat. Hmm…Wonder what it smells like in the kitchen. Maybe we can ask Seb Lyall, the restauranteur who has gained notoreity for his past innovative concepts in eateries. But be warned, his views may be a bit skewed seeing as he eats his meals bottomless.

As in without wearing anything from the waist down.

Now he has opened Bunyadi, a “clothing optional” restaurant in London with a June targeted opening date.

“It’s liberating,” he told The Washington Post about the freedom one feels without the henderance of material on the body. “It’s fun and sometimes the neighbors watch — fine, whatever.

Spoken like a true fan of voyeurism, Mr. Lyall.

“It’s my home and my space, and that’s kind of the space we’re trying to create in the restaurant — our own little space. It will be fascinating what the response is.”

Aside from the 16,000 on the waiting list? I’d say that speaks loud and clear, sir.

But Lyall expects those numbers to soar even higher.

What, you may ask, on this green earth would inspire such a thought? Lyall says its simple, he wants to Create a dining experience that is stripped of modern, industrialized impurities, such as artificial colors, chemicals and gas, metal and plastic in the kitchen and electric lights, smartphones and clothing in the dining area. 

OK. That may answer my previous thought (out loud) about the kitchen.

And Lyall must’ve been reading someone’s mind because he swears the reasoning for this was not because a bunch of guys just wanted to play peek-a-boo for the art of attention-getting. In fact, he calls consuming food in public without clothing “an act of rebellion.”

Is there NOTHING ‘these people’ won’t do?

“When you get a chance, you take your clothes off,” he told The Post. “When you get in bed, you take your clothes off.  When you go to the beach or a sauna, you take your clothes off. It’s natural.”

“There is a whole business of victimizing people based on body image, but we are making a business out of correcting it,” he added.

I swear, that may be well and good. But we are talking about a place where people eat…food. I just can’t wrap my brain around biting into my meal, while “Peter” is sitting right across from me eating his.

Nekked.

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“It took us, as you can imagine, some time to figure this out,” the brains behind this concept added. “I’d like people to understand the attention to detail that the concept demanded.”

Immersed in candlelight, surrounded by bamboo and wicker and reclining to wood-hewn furniture, guests will be treated to a five-course meal for around $80 to $90 (plus you get the keep your robe).

He said he hasn’t had trouble finding chefs willing to use a spatula made out a tree branch.

“This is a dream for a chef,” Lyall said. “They get bored in a traditional kitchen.”

Read more of Mr. Lyall’s very interesting thought process here.

So, I ask you again, will you be reserving a spot there?

 

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