One diner, one field and one zipline: this is Bord för En
A restaurant in Sweden takes social distancing to new heights
Are you the kind of person who feels self conscious when dining alone? You might like Bor för En, a new restaurant that seats one diner, alone, in a field, and serves food via a zipline.
This new restaurant, whose name translates as 'table for one', is the brainchild of former chef Rasmus Persson and his partner Linda Karlsson after they served lunch through a window for his in-laws. Keen to explore how they could continue to cook for people safely, they came up with this concept.
The restaurant will host one guest a day, who will sit in the field in Värmland. Their meal will be placed in a basket, which will slide down a rope hung between the kitchen and the table. When the diner has finished eating, dishes will be washed twice – and the table will be thoroughly sanitised for the next guest.
The Bord för En website says, "A table. A chair. In the middle of a warm summer meadow. Table for one is a dining experience in privacy. Perhaps it is the only dining room in the world that is completely secured against COVID-19."
"A table for one will probably be our only option for a long time to come. So why not choose a table with style?"
It's a fantastic idea, but looking at the pictures I think I can spot a potential dilemma. The angle on that zipline looks awfully steep, and I'd worry that when the basket hits the end the food is likely fired every which way. Even if it all stays in the basket, I'd be surprised if they make it to the table looking as fantastic as this plate, which is on the restaurant's website:
Let's hope they sort that out before the restaurant opens next week.
Given how amazing the food looks, and how small the dining room is, you might think that this meal would come with a hefty price tag. In fact, diners can choose to pay however much they feel is appropriate.