rice cake confessional

adventures in eating

modern toilet, taipei

with 2 comments

Woot woot! It’s Taipei week here at ze food blog. I’m fighting some major sleepies to bring you a post tonight. Without further ado, let’s explain the rather not-food-friendly title, shall we?

Everyone loves a good theme restaurant right?

I had heard of the toilet themed restaurant before but didn’t think there’d be enough time to hit it up during my short jaunt to Taiwan. Plus, it’s kind of weird to want to go to this kind of restaurant. Luckily, Jess and Julia were both down to give it a shot (or should I say flush?).

Classy huh? The chopsticks and other utensils come in these little paper envelopes. Kinda cute until you notice the writing near the top. They reuse these babies. That’s a little bit ew.

I ordered some Korean spicy beef thing. It comes in a little toilet bowl which is funny until you find yourself eating out of the toilet bowl. Then it’s a little disconcerting. The restaurant actually has a lot of hotpot dishes. Those are also served toilet bowl style with the flame inside the base of the toilet.

The picture is a bit deceiving because I counted a grand total of 5 pieces of beef in the bowl. Obviously not enough to fill me up. Also on the plate – covered by the white lid is seaweed soup, a small bowl of rice with some black sesame seeds, and some pickled seaweed. Where, you ask? Under the giant ceramic turd!

Jess got a vegeterian gratin (with fake ham) that was served in a bathtub. She said it was pretty good. She seemed happier with her dish than me and Julia did with ours.

The set meal comes with dessert served in squat style toilets. Notice the lovely swirl. This would have been a bit more enjoyable had the squat toilet not been dripping wet. Do we need to be THAT true to the theme?

We paid about NT350ish (roughly USD12, I think) for each set meal. Service was ok. There was no crowd at all. You order by filling in a menu with dry erase marker and bringing it to the cashier. Portions are small the food is not tasty but you get what you pay for – namely, toilets.

Other tidbits (tidshits?): the bathroom uses a Western toilet as a sink but only has a squatter toilet in the actual bathroom. Yay irony. Also, I saw a dead cockroach on its back two tables away from ours.

I promise way better eats coming up this week as I replay every glorious Taiwan calorie.


Written by joann

October 21, 2008 at 9:32 pm

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  1. This is whoah!! I vaguely remember seeing something like this on Disovery Channel long back but I can’t believe you actually went there!

    The dessert looks ‘slurpy’ đŸ˜€


    October 26, 2008 at 11:13 pm

  2. bizarre right? perhaps we should check out the hospital bar at clarke quay and see how that theme pans out?


    October 26, 2008 at 11:41 pm

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