The World’s Smallest Restaurants Slideshow
January 8, 2013
7. Sel et Gras, New York City
At 225 square feet, Manhattan newcomer Sel et Gras, whose name is French for "Salt and Fat," has a bit of a Napoleon complex. The tiny wedge of a restaurant somehow manages to fit 14 tables, with room for 32 diners, into a space that makes it the smallest full-service restaurant in New York City. On the menu are French-style small plates like tapenade, salt cod croquettes, and tart forestiere, and if you look hard enough you’ll find more than one nod to the tiny Frenchman.
6. Talula's Table, Philadelphia
Talula’s Table, in Philly’s Kennett Square, is one of the hardest restaurants in the city to get a reservation at. By day it’s a market, but at 7 p.m. every night it becomes a tiny, BYOB restaurant, with one farm table that seats 12 and a butcher block in the kitchen that can squeeze in eight. To get a reservation, guests must call exactly one year in advance and commit to bringing at least 10 people. Once you’re at your seat, the $105 tasting menu comes with eight courses, hors d'oeuvres, and mignardises (small desserts).
5. Mr. Pollo, San Francisco
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The wait can last for more than two hours at this Mission District arepa joint with a special tasting menu. Mr. Pollo seats only 15, but that doesn’t stop those in the know from lining up to enjoy a $15 five-course meal featuring items like octopus confit with parsnip purée, duck breast with wild watercress and peach sauce, and fried pork belly with beans and Spanish radish.
4. é by José Andrés, Las Vegas
é by José Andrés is an exclusive, intimate "restaurant within a restaurant" tucked in a private room adjacent to chef Andrés' Jaleo bar and paella grill at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Those fortunate enough to snag a reservation at the steel-topped, eight-seat bar that surrounds a small kitchen set against a red glass wall and red velvet curtain are treated to an evening of inspired cooking as performance. Try the signature Secreto of Iberico Pork with Squid, which can only be ordered as part of a set tasting menu.
3. Solo Per Due, Vacone, Italy
This charming private dining room is actually part of a large central Italian estate once owned by a poet. Only two guests per night are treated to an opulent Italian feast, during which they are waited on hand and foot. The waitstaff doesn’t linger, though: you’ll need to summon them with a bell. But they’ll even take care of special requests, like a private fireworks show or chauffeur service. At the end of the meal guests can even spend the night. The price for a meal, needless to say, is astronomical — starting at €250 ($325) per person.
2. Fan'er, Beijing
Beijings smallest restaurant, at 77 square feet, also has one of its oddest menus. Located in the citys Dongcheng district, its so small that theres only room for one stool, one chair, and one table. As for food, deep-fried burgers and pumpkin milkshakes (served in a coffee cup) are the specialties of the house.
1. Kuappi, Iisalmi, Finland
This wooden shack is located on a nondescript street in a nondescript town in the middle of Finland, and it also happens to be the smallest restaurant in the world. There’s barely room inside for one table and a small kitchen, but they’ve somehow managed to squeeze in a full bar, albeit with minibar-sized bottles.