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There are many who like to eat regularly by themselves and whilst seemingly concentrated on their plates are actually looking around with interest. Yes, there are several advantages to eating alone. Particularly in earnest restaurants, if you eat unaccompanied, you’re literally the “joy” of the staff and chefs as they know you are there to enjoy their company and food.

Eenmaal, the first one-person restaurant of the world

However, whilst western society has been increasingly structured around the needs and aspirations of the individual, surprisingly, the social taboos of dining out alone remains.

Marina van Goor, social designer, felt free to overcome that particular social pressure in order to save our quiet moments. Thus, she initiated a pop-up restaurant, called Eenmaal, which served solo dinners in the neighborhood of Bos en Lommer in Amsterdam – for only two nights – during last June.

Eenmaal, the first one-person restaurant of the world

Eenmaal, the first one-person restaurant of the world

Eenmaal, the first one-person restaurant of the world

Eenmaal, the first one-person restaurant of the world

Eenmaal is the Dutch slang to indicate the number of people requiring a dinner table at a restaurant. The décor was kept regularly simple and functional following its main idea, featuring single occupancy tables paired with a contrasting variety of vintage chairs.

Eenmaal, the first one-person restaurant of the world

Eenmaal, the first one-person restaurant of the world

In fact, the idea of turning up to a restaurant alone leaves one far more open to the atmosphere and experience of the place. Especially exciting is the idea that you could sit down at a table and, if seated next to the right person, your life could in some way change for the better.

Other restaurants giving the customer different eating experiences, include a New York restaurant called ‘Eat‘ located in the trendy Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, has begun hosting silent dinners and  Dans Le Noir, that started in Paris eight years ago and now has branches in London, Barcelona and St. Petersburg, Russia, where customers dine in a pitch-dark room without knowing the details of the menu.

Words: Maria Passarivaki

 


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