In today’s society, eating alone in a restaurant can feel a little awkward. It’s definitely not the norm, no matter how much you enjoy your own company.
But there’s a restaurant in Amsterdam that’s changing the rules of dining.
Eenmaal (meaning “one time” and “one meal”) is a fine dining restaurant that puts an end to socializing and allows only one person to sit at a table to eat.
“We wanted to break the very recognizable taboo of eating out alone. I noticed that in society, there is actually no room for being alone in public spaces,” says designer Marina van Goor.
The restaurant is also a pop-up, so there’s no set location, making it even more unique.
If you think you’ll survive having your cell phone next to you here, think again! The restaurant encourages diners to put those phones away in favor of books or magazines.
A restaurant with no loud chatter and without annoying cell phone conversations? Sounds ideal to me.
If you’re interested in reconnecting with yourself at this restaurant, a four-course meal will only set you back $50. But you might not even have to travel to Amsterdam to enjoy the meal—there are plans to open one-person restaurants in London, Berlin, and New York.