Modern Toilet Restaurant

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Modern Toilet Restaurant
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Restaurant information
CountryTaiwan
WebsiteOfficial website

Modern Toilet Restaurant (Chinese: 便所主題餐廳) is a unique toilet-themed restaurant chain, with three branches in Taiwan.[1]

Description[edit]

Everything in this typical three-story restaurant that occupies 260 square meters (2,800 sq ft) is based on items from a toilet room or a bathroom. The checkered tile covered walls are adorned with showerheads, while plungers hang from the ceiling along with feces-shaped lights. The chairs are actual toilets (not operable), dishes are served on plastic miniature toilet bowls, and drinks are offered in miniature urinals.[2] Owner Wang Tzi-Wei opened Modern Toilet after the success of his ice cream shop that sold swirls of ice cream served in mini toilets.[3] It is not unusual for Taiwan to host restaurants with odd themes; Taiwan also has eating locales that resemble jailhouses and hospitals.[4]

History[edit]

Toilet hot pot

Owner Dao Ming Zi, an ex-banker, stated that his inspiration for the toilet-themed restaurant came from a robot character from the Japanese cartoon Dr. Slump who loved to "play with poop and swirl it on a stick". From this cartoon inspiration, he started a successful ice cream shop selling swirled chocolate ice cream on top of paper squat toilets. The chain of Modern Toilets started in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and as of 2020 has three branches in Taiwan. There were formerly 19 locations including two in Hong Kong.[5][6]

Dining[edit]

Bathtub gratin dish

Customers dine while sitting on acrylic toilets adorned with "roses, seashells or renaissance paintings". The tables that the meals are served on are bathroom sinks covered with glass tops. Meals are served in miniature toilet bowls and drinks are in miniature plastic urinals which the customers can take home with them as a souvenir. Dessert ice cream is served in a dish that resembles a squat toilet.[6]

In May of 2018, a confused customer defecated in the non-functional toilet seating at the southern Hong Kong location, causing the restaurant to be evacuated and closed for 2 weeks.[7][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Extreme Restaurants". The Travel Channel LLC. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  2. ^ Jennings, Ralph; Reuters (2007-11-17). "Toilet-themed restaurant a flash in the pan". Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Top 5 bizarre and unique restaurants I visited (18+)". In Her Stories. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  4. ^ Jennings, Ralph (2007-11-14). "Toilet-themed restaurant a flash in the pan". News Limited. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Our history". Modern Toilet Restaurant. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Tso, Natalie (2009-03-02). "Edible Excretions: Taiwan's Toilet Restaurant". Time Inc. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Our history". Modern Toilet Restaurant. Retrieved July 12, 2019.

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