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Hot pot


Fancy eating out at a toilet restaurant? Bizarre and unappetising as it may sound The Modern Toilet Restaurant in Taiwan has become a rage with locals as well as tourists. Most are drawn by curiosity. After all, eating and excreting may be linked but the twain seldom meet.

For seating, there are plenty of commodes. Plonk on any of the acrylic toilet seats embossed with images of roses, seashells and renaissance paintings. The table is glass with a bathing tub beneath. For dêcor, there are shower faucets on the walls, and more toilet seats.

By this time, you're hoping the food won't be crap. The servers bring your meal atop a mini toilet bowl. The reasonably priced food includes curries, pasta, fried chicken and Mongolian hot pot, as well as elaborate shaved-ice desserts with names like 'diarrhoea with dried droppings' (chocolate), 'bloody poop' (strawberry) and 'green dysentery' (kiwi). If you are not too squeamish, you can go ahead and try the 'poop' ice-cream which comes atop a dish shaped like a squat toilet. If you want a glass of water, you do it from your own plastic urinal that you carry back with you as a souvenir.

Despite the disturbing descriptions, loads of people could be seen waiting in a queue for a table.

Owner Wang Zi-Wei, a former banker, stated that his inspiration for the bathroom-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 now has 12 restaurants in Taiwan, and Hong Kong with future locations planned in Macau and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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