You’d think that a bathroom-themed restaurant may be good for a one-off novelty schtick that grabs people for a quick minute, but apparently it has enough legs to warrant a whole chain.
The flagship Modern Toilet is a three-story restaurant in the Datong District of Taiwan. Its name leaving little to the imagination as far as theme goes, the decor is all things bathroom including a heavy representation of…well… poop.
Acrylic toilets (seats down) act as dining chairs that pull up to sinks with glass table tops, and the ambiance is generated by shower heads adorning the walls and plunger fixtures containing poop-shaped lights swinging from the ceiling. Your toilet-themed meal is served in either a mini potty or tiny bathtub, and your beverage is, predictably, delivered in a urinal that you are welcome to keep as a yucky souvenir. Most everything on the menu has a feces-related name, but the food is delightfully poop free, and consists of hot pot, curries, and a large dessert selection.
It seems as though it would be hard to find a solid market for an eatery so blatantly disgusting, but they seem to be on to something. Inspired by a Japanese cartoon character named Dr. Slump whose favorite past time is “swirling poop on a stick,” owner Dao Ming Zi aimed to shock the senses and capitalize on the attraction of novelty with Modern Toilet. Mission Accomplished.
Modern Toilet is now a chain, with several locations scattered throughout Taiwan and Hong Kong, and several more planned Kuala Lumpur, Shenzhen, Malaysia, and Macau.