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No phones, no lights. Welcome to the new naked restaurant

Technically Incorrect: London's Bunyadi claims to be a "natural" dining experience. Natural means no gadgets. And clothes are optional.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


Natural means no gadgets.

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It's a pop-up.

It has room for 42 people and it's going to be open for only three months.

Oh, and you can take your clothes off. In fact, the owners would quite like you to.

You see, London's new restaurant The Bunyadi offers the promise of a natural dining experience.

Which includes at least one meaning of the French phrase "au naturel."

Visitors disrobe in a locker room. They're given a gown and slippers. Slipping it all off once you're at the table gives you the full experience (so the restaurant says).

Oddly, The Bunyadi says it has 44,616 people on its wait list.

Time Out offered the first review of the experience of The Bunyadi, which officially opens this week.

Naturally, all phones are banned. Telling people it's OK to take your clothes off is one way to remove gadgets, isn't it? You're not really going to hang your iPhone from your neck while you're nekkid, are you?

There's no power, either. Food is either raw or cooked over a fire. Light comes from candles.

And there isn't too much of that candlelight, some might be relieved to hear. In Time Out's words: "With such low lighting and bamboo partitioning between dining groups, we barely saw anyone else's bits (much to our disappointment)."

The Bunyadi's website insists this is all about freedom. It claims that this 55-65 British pound ($80-$95) experience is "unadulterated from the trappings of modern life."

A concomitant is that there's no chance of someone photographing your bits and posting them to Instagram.

But what if someone is found sneaking in a phone? A spokesman for The Bunyadi told me: "People respect the concept, hence they come. If someone is found with a phone, we take the phone and put it in their lockers."

At heart, it's all about respect. Which is something that we don't generally have in using our gadgets constantly. As the restaurant's founder, Sebastian Lyall, told the UK's Talk Radio, "We all get bothered by phones coming out."

One can only hope that no guest gets bothered by other things appearing instead.

Update, 2:06 p.m. PT: Adds comment from The Bunyadi.