Forget singing at dinner – this restaurant asks you to fish for your dinner.
Described as one of “the craziest things to do in Japan,” customers sit in a large wooden boat and catch their food fresh from the surrounding waters — but that’s not for everyone.
Zauo Fishing Restaurant in Osaka, Japan invites diners to grab a rod and get started.
A TikTok posted by the popular food and travel vlogger Tina Pikshows the bizarre interior of the large restaurant flooded with water.
She tells her fans: “[This is] One of the craziest things to do in Japan.
“The inside is absolutely insane,” she adds, explaining how to choose between fishing from the boat, through a cabin window or from the sidelines.
“Patience is key, my friends, and once you’ve caught a catch, your victory will be heard throughout the restaurant.”
A loud drum sounds and other guests cheer to “celebrate your catch”.
After a “proud photo” with your catch, she says, the chefs will then prepare a meal for you.
The TikToker looks stunned as she sits down to enjoy a large plate of sashimi, fried and steamed fish. “As you like it,” she tells her followers.
However, not everyone shared their enthusiasm.
The video, which garnered nearly two million likes, was littered with hundreds of negative comments from people uncomfortable with the concept.
“Imagine a place like this, but instead of fishing, it’s its cows,” said one.
Another chimed in: “That just seems cruel to me.”
“Either the fish starve or they get eaten,” wrote a third.
“I couldn’t,” said a fourth.
Meanwhile, others couldn’t wait to help prepare the food.
“Why does Japan have the coolest stuff,” one replied.
A second user said: “Guys she’s not lying. You absolutely have to try this. It was definitely one of my fondest memories of Osaka.”
A fellow food creator, Billy BiehlHe also ventured into the famous restaurant and took his fans on a long journey.
He documented his entire experience, especially the moment he managed to catch a huge fish.
It’s then rushed to the chefs, who return it beautifully fried, and Billy gets to work, saying, “The fish was fantastic.”
The restaurant also offers lobster, shrimp, and clams, all of which can be fished from the tanks.
Prices at Zauo depend on the catch and if your fishing skills aren’t up to scratch the staff can step in and help.
You can dine at the restaurant without catching a fish, but get a discount if you catch the fish yourself.
To emulate his success in Japan, Zaou went international and opened a restaurant in New York in 2018.
However, due to a lack of customers coupled with an outcry about the concept itself, the restaurant closed after just two years.