DestinationsIs this the world’s most extraordinary dining experience?

Lobster served in a hot-air balloon? Would you like fries with that?

Master chef Angélique Schmeinck prepares a high-altitude fine dining meal.
Master chef Angélique Schmeinck prepares a high-altitude fine dining meal. Photo Credit: Culiair Skydining.

It must surely rank as the world’s most uplifting dining experiences – a gourmet meal served 2.5km high in a hot-air balloon.

A world-first restaurant in a hot-air balloon, Culiair Skydining - located in the Netherlands - provides a feast of high-altitude adrenalin for diners who sit around tables set beautifully with linen napkins, upmarket glassware and fine china – while relaxing between heaven and earth.

A pre-dinner glass of wine is followed by a gourmet meal prepared and cooked in the air by master chef Angélique Schmeinck, whose menu includes dishes such as wild sea bass, lobster with red peppers, and guinea fowl. To finish: white chocolate and passion fruit mousse with crispy rainbow meringue.

Meals are cooked by the heat from the flames keeping the balloon aloft.

The balloon functions as an enormous convection oven. Internal balloon temperatures may rise to around 100 degrees Celsius, which in kitchen terms means that food can be cooked slowly at ‘low’ temperatures.

The custom-built CuliAir Restaurant Hot Air Balloon can accommodate up to 10 people. It is available for groups as well as individuals, for business as well as for private purposes.

Individual tickets are priced at €435 (US$442).

The balloon takes off from various destinations in the Netherlands and booking is essential.

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