When you go for a dining restaurant, you never think of the final resting place of all that food – in your toilet bowl and flushed down the drain! How about if you had to sit on a Western Commode, eat over tables styled like sink, and stare at a décor that reminded you of tiles in a toilet? Would that kill your appetite? You would think so, but the popularity of the Modern Toilet restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan has quite a different story to tell.
The owner of the Modern Toilet, Wang Zi-wei, 29, an ex-banker, got this inspiration sitting atop his own porcelain throne. So fascinated was he by the Japanese robot cartoon character Jichiwawa (who likes to swirl poop on a stick) that he decided to sell chocolate ice cream swirls that were served on paper squat toilets! Instead of turning customers off or grossing them out, this fecal representation of desserts had people asking for more.
That’s how was the Modern Toilet was born or, shall we say, “Excreted.” In addition to the designer toilets and sink tables, the restaurant also features mirrors all along the wall, toilet paper dispensers, and shower curtains hung from the ceilings. You eat out of a toilet bowl and drink out of plastic bed pans. Even the chopsticks have tiny urinals engraved on them!
The food is reasonably priced and includes pasta, curries, Mongolian hot pot, and fried chicken. Some of the most popular dishes are hot chili chicken and cheesy noodles. However, the most innovative items on the menu remain the imaginatively named desserts – “diarrhea with dried droppings,” (which would be chocolate ice cream), “bloody poop” (that’s strawberry ice cream, by the way) and “green dysentery” (he he he – that’s Kiwi flavor).
The idea is unique, to say the least, and a great hit with kids and teenagers. It has become such a rage that Taiwan alone has a dozen of these restaurants. There is one in Shenzhen and Hong Kong and there are plans of expanding this theme to other cities of China, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, and Malaysia.
The Modern Toilet restaurant does not promise you a gourmet dining experience. While the food is quite good and the restaurant is spotlessly clean, the USP of this place is the fun factor. People can’t believe they are sitting on a shit pot eating stuff that looks like a contribution from a diarrhea patient. It makes for one hell of a story and you get great photos for MySpace and Facebook! Who wouldn’t love to hear about “shitty” experience?
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