Dining critics are often callous in their reviews of presentation, dishing out those low marks to poorly arranged or colorless fare. But what if the intent of that presentation is to look like crap? At the Modern Toilet restaurant
in Taiwan, that's exactly what you get, sort of.
As shown in Time Magazine
, the Modern Toilet
is anything but a "poopy" experience. Diners are seated on fine acrylic toilets, each one embellished with a unique design and lids down of course, The tables are actually sinks with a glass table top affixed to them. Food is served on mini potties and drinks, well they come in a souvenir urinal full of your favourite beverage.
The menu choices are said to be aromatically appealing, with options such as pasta, curries, hot pots and Mongolian dishes, of course the menu descriptions conjure up some pretty foul mental imagery such as the "diarrhea with dried droppings" or the "bloody poop", or even the "green dysentery."
As the Time author was quoted as saying:
after seeing curry drip down a mini-toilet, I may never have that sauce again
In a country where bodily functions aren't considered offensive, the eateries motif doesn't seem to disturb patrons at all. In 2004, Wang Zi-wei, now 29-years-old, opened his first restaurant after an entrepreneurial idea to serve poop shaped ice-cream on paper toilets gained much popularity. Zi-wei's idea came from a Japanese cartoon character who loved to play with poop. Zi-wei now has a chain of seven excremental establishments in Taiwan and one in Hong Kong, with another that was expected to have opened in China last week. His plans include opening several more with target locations in China, Macau, Kula Lumpur and Malaysia.
With a crappy ambiance, which good relatively speaking, food that is toilet worthy and poop for dessert, who wouldn't want to visit the Modern Toilet on their next trip to Asia? And to the new and innovative idea of one very young man, I say "Bottoms up!"