The naked and the fed: dine at new Elephant and Castle restaurant where it’s no clothes allowed

News Desk (16 June, 2016)

Waiters and waitresses have also committed to the cause, and all but what can be protected by tiny flesh-coloured underwear or a fresh piece of foliage are on show

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London’s first all-naked restaurant has opened its doors, to a waiting list of 46,000 guests.

Housed in a disused pub, The Bunyadi was created by Seb Lyall, who has gone for the “all natural” concept with the intention of it only being open for three months.

The first guests to venture in on June 10 were guided to a set of changing rooms, provided with a locker, and a fluffy dressing gown and white slippers.

Phones are abandoned for the duration and the light is reduced to a candle on each tables, which are fashioned from wooden blocks with seats shaped like tree stumps.

Waiters and waitresses have also committed to the cause, and all but what can be protected by tiny flesh-coloured underwear or a fresh piece of foliage are on show.

Some privacy is afforded once seated, as tables are arranged between separate booths, encircled with bamboo, to minimise cross-table ogling.

Guests have said the menu is light, consisting of rounds of raw food – lots of vegetables, flowers, and pickled and smoked meat and fish, while half the offering catered for vegans.

Food and wine is served in clay dishes and goblets. There is no cutlery besides sticks and edible spoons.

The Bunyadi’s head chef has said he hopes that being nude will help diners “concentrate” on their food and encourage them to “try new cuisines”. He adds that the experience of eating in its purest form, will offer guests “liberation”.

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