Adventure Food Of The Week

Keep your sense of adventure alive over the dinner table. Andy Lynes reveals a few daring culinary experiences
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If your idea of a gastronomic adventure is descending into Hull after dark for a biryani, then you need to get out more. Whether it's on a river, up a mountain or in a darkened room somewhere in Europe, there's a whole new world of daring culinary experiences waiting for you. Open your mind, and your mouth, to intrepid dining.

Don't expect the best table manners from all the guests at Sausage Tree Camp, Lusaka, Zambia (00 260 1 212 597; sausagetreecamp.com), where you can enjoy lunch in the shallows of the Zambezi river in the company of hippos.

Set on a hilltop with stunning Himalayan views, Bukhara restaurant at Christina Ong's Uma Paro, Paro, Bhutan (00 975 8 271 597; uma.como.bz) serves contemporary style cuisine which takes its inspiration from Bhutanese dishes such as sicum paa (dried local pork with Bhutanese chilli) and a rather less traditional yak burger.

Dine in the dark at Blinde Kuh, 148 Mühlebachstrasse, Zurich (00 41 1 421 50 50; blindekuh.ch), where you will be served by blind and visually impaired waiters. The lack of visual distractions allows you to focus your senses on the food.

Urasawa, 218 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California (00 1 310 247 8939) is one of the few restaurants outside of Japan licensed to serve the potentially deadly blowfish.

Yearning for a bowl of kangaroo tail soup? Head for Prairie Hotel, at the corner of High Street & West Terrace, Parachilna, Flinders Ranges, Australia (00 61 8 8648 4844; prairiehotel.com.au) where they put the "prairie on a plate" in the form of yabbies (fresh-water crayfish) and quandongs (a type of berry).

Get up-close and personal with traditional Maori food on a Navigator Tour, Helensville, Auckland, New Zealand (00 64 9 817 1191; navigatortours.co.nz). Collect seaweed and mussels, then help prepare a Maori meal at a local house.

Arrive by mule at the Kasbah du Toubkal, Imlil, High Atlas, Morocco (00 212 024 48 56 11; kasbahdutoubkal.com) for traditional Berber food. If you would like some wine to go with your lamb couscous make sure to bring some with you as the Kasbah is unlicensed.

If you've been searching for the ideal spot to savour Namibian nouvelle cuisine then Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia (00 264 63 293 293; lemiragelodge.com) is for you. The desert views are as extraordinary as the food.

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