Have you ever travelled alone? Most likely many of you will answer yes to that, but I still get that shocked/surprised/admiring sort of look when I mention it here, in Japan. As you may know many Japanese people are not really the type of people who love venturing off the beaten track and you may often see them in bigger groups following a gaido-san. I think I now understand why many Japanese do that though. This time I booked my trip to Taipei through a travel agency (mainly because it’s really quick and convenient) and I even joined one tour (for the same reason)! Let’s say that being the only foreigner in a group of like 30 Japanese tourists was an interesting experience. But this is not a post about that! Anyway… My point is — I really enjoyed travelling by myself this time. I could go wherever I wanted, set my own schedule, visit any store or restaurant that seemed interesting to me.
There was one particular place that I’ve been wanting to visit for some time, and I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get a chance to actually go and find it if I went to Taipei with friends… Not everybody wants to eat their lunch while sitting on a toilet, at a table made from old sink basins, drink from a urinal and eat from a toilet bowl.
I wouldn’t be myself if I hadn’t tried it, though.
Modern Toilet 便所主题餐厅
108, Taiwan, 台北市萬華區西寧南路50巷7號2樓
2F, No.50-7 Xining South Road
(this place just asks for lame puns, but I’ll stop myself, I promise)
Have you ever thought that poop could be cute? No? Take a look and think again.
Before usage of smartphones became so widespread, people had to spend their time reading something interesting while doing their business. If there was no newspaper around, a shampoo label had to suffice. Don’t tell me you can’t relate. I wouldn’t believe you anyway.
What I liked about this offbeat Taipei gem was that everything from the cutlery to the interior lived up to the name of the place — Modern Toilet. When I visited Rilakkuma Cafe in Shibuya, I was a bit disappointed seeing only a few simple Rilakkumas there. But here… it was a whole different story. Bathtub tables, toilet seat chairs, bathroom tiles on the walls. There was even a toilet bowl serving as a sink! That’s what I call a proper theme restaurant.
You know what would’ve been funny? They should have left the covers open… Now that would’ve been so comfy!
What was very new to me and surprised me in Taiwan was the way of ordering food at restaurants. There are menus of course, but waiters won’t come to you to take your order. You have to fill out an order sheet and go to the counter. It left me really confused when I ordered food for the first time, like an hour after I arrived at Taipei. I had to ask other customers to help me, because I couldn’t figure out the order sheet by myself. Luckily all the staff members at Modern Toilet spoke fluent English and they explained everything nicely.
Don’t expect Taiwanese food. Modern Toilet offers dishes like spaghetti, curry, pork / chicken cutlets and other very usual stuff. The waiter who served me recommended their curry but I imagined brown, watery sauce in a toilet bowl… aaand I ordered spicy Thai chicken.
A bowl of rice, soup and salad and a toilet bowl of spicy Thai chicken, followed by chocolate ice cream in a lovely poop shape. (I don’t want to be gross, but have you ever seen a poop shaped like that? Well, I haven’t and I’m wondering where did it come from?)
All that poopness… I mean goodness (excuse me while I bathe in the superiority of my most magnificent pun) for only 260 NT which is only about 900 yen. I say only because theme restaurants in Japan are ridiculously expensive and I’m sure that if Modern Toilet ever decide to expand to Japan, they’ll cash in heavy piles of yen.
The chicken was quite good I must say! Green tea and seaweed soup I got as a set meal didn’t really have much taste, but I’ll repeat what I usually say when I review theme restaurants — it’s not the food you’re paying for so enjoy your unique experience!
It’s understandable that you’d like to have a souvenir from such a unique place like Modern Toilet. T-shirts with cute poop prints, a urinal serving as a mug (ummm…nope), a toilet bowl plate, a tiny toilet speaker, Hello Kitty reading a book while riding the porcelain bus… Best examples of how to convert crap into money!
Final verdict…Well, I wouldn’t go there again. It’s a nice once-in-a-lifetime experience (if you consider eating out of a toilet bowl as something that you can count as nice experience), but let’s be honest here — it definitely is not a place that has some unique magical atmosphere that will make you want to come back. Either way, I love theme restaurants and I’m glad that I got a chance to visit this particular odd place. It will all make great stories for my grandchildren one day. And in case I lose the photos, I got myself this glamorous yellow poop mug to have as a tangible proof of my visit.
Thank you for reading and I wish you happy everyday!♥