Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Odd Restaurant and Eatery names

In his book Pu Pu Hot Pot, Ben Brusey (who begins his bio by stating he has a secondary-school certificate in food technology) claims, with tongue placed in kebab-filled cheek, that creativity in a restaurant's name is far more important than that on its plates.

There are heaps of clever, inventive, odd and even weird restaurant names.

London's Phat Phuc Noodle Bar

Here are a few I am aware of - add to the list if you know of any others:

“Marquis de Salade” in Budapest,
“Jason Donervan” cart selling kebabs to ''neighbours'' across Britain
The lost in translation "Little Drooling Bear Food” in Shanghai
The just plain wrong “Booty's House of Crabs” in Ocean City in the US
“New Cod on the Block” in Sheffield, Britain
“Phat Phuc Noodle Bar in London”. (It translates as Happy Buddha, but still …........)

Closer to home there's:
“Thai The Knot” Maroubra, Sydney
“N'Thai Sing” Terrigal, NSW Australia
“Thairanosaurus” Riverwood, Sydney.
“Lord of the Fries” Melbourne, Australia
“Moon Under Water” (named after George Orwell's ideal, fictitious pub) Melbourne,
“My Legendary Girlfriend” (a song by Pulp) Melbourne,
"Hungary Mondays" - a restaurant that sells home-cooked meals in brown bags to hungry workers, Perth, WA
"Transient Diners" an unlicensed eatery, operating out of hairdressing salons and a band rehearsal space in Camperdown, Sydney
“Annoying Brother” (the self-deprecating proprietor, who is the youngest of six) Melbourne,
“Bread & Jam for Frances” (a children's book;  housed in Readings bookstore) Melbourne
“Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird” (after a folkloric tale of the origin), Melbourne.
“The League of Honest Coffee”, Melbourne 

While others are so stripped back they have all the charm of this one named after a tax-form entry – “PM24”

Ben Brusey, in  Pu Pu Hot Pot,  also lists these world famous eatery names:

From my reading of American journalist Alan Hessler's many journals of his travels in China, true Chinese mainland restaurants tend to be named artistically, or, descriptively, such as "Flower in summer sunshine", or,  "Golden Rainbow over glorious sunset on pond", and then there is "Qoung Tart presents only very best food" and the restaurant named, "Place for getting pleasant food in person".

Please add any other interesting restaurant or eatery names you have encountered.


Gill - That British Woman said...

In Toronto "Skin and Bones" not my idea of a good place to eat.


JohnD said...

Might be OK Gill - If they 'll feed you up from skin 'n' bones to fat 'n' fair LoL!

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

Crazy names there are ... hahaha.