Modern Toilet RestaurantPosted: March 19, 2018
I’ve visited a handful of toilet-themed restaurants over the years, including T-Bowl Concept Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur and Poop Cafe in Toronto, but I’ve always wanted to visit the original, Taiwan’s Modern Toilet. Self-described as a “scatological fantasyland”, Modern Toilet is where this whole crazy idea first began with its initial concept dating all the way back to 2004!
I chose to visit their location at Xining South Road in Taipei’s Wanhua district. It’s impossible to miss the entrance – the first thing you notice as you stroll towards it is the monumental loo towering over the street below. There’s a giant poop-shaped cardboard cutout in the lobby along with a couple of display toilets which perfectly sets the scene for the upstairs dining room.
Once upstairs, the server sits you onto a toilet seat at a 💩-filled basin, hands you a menu in the shape of a toilet seat and brings out your food in little toilet/urinal-shaped bowls. It’s hilarious! I ordered the Toilet Chicken Nuggets and the Toilet #1 Ice Shavings (chocolate ice made to look like diarrhea and served in a mini squat toilet), as well as a drink with the grotesque name of bleeding haemorrhoid strawberry milk. Being a novelty establishment the food tasted expectedly ordinary but the servings were large and they were humorously well-presented.
The decor appearing throughout the three-storey interior is of course all toilet-themed, from the pictures on the wall to the merchandise area to the cute little urinals dotted around the walls with plush toys sitting inside.
The actual toilet on the top floor is quite a sight to behold with the bright blue tiling creating a water-like effect. I also loved that the washbasin on the outside was in the shape of a toilet as well!
It’s easy to get grossed out by the idea of the toilet restaurant but in reality it’s actually surprisingly clean, colourful, entertaining and very family-friendly. Kids will surely get a laugh out of it, as will curious/fun-loving adults. As for people like me who take photos of toilets as a hobby: this place is heaven. 😍🚽
I’m very glad I finally got the opportunity to visit Modern Toilet. I wish them the best of success and hope the resto-restroom theme continues to catch on across the world!!