Unusual Place of the Month: The Toilet Restaurant

By Nomadic Matt | Published July 25th, 2008

Modern Toilet Restaurant in TaipeiLocated in Taipei, Taiwan, this restaurant’s theme is, well, the toilet.

This toilet restaurant, properly called ‘Modern Toilet,’ was opened by a former ice cream vendor who used to serve ice cream from a toilet bowl-shaped scooper. He got the idea for Modern Toilet after watching a Japanese cartoon that had a similar theme. Customers sit on toilet bowl-shaped stools, and eat their food out of dishes resembling male urinals, toilet bowls or bathtubs. They drink out of mini toilet bowls, and toilet paper is used in place of napkins. Even the food itself is designed to look like what comes out after you eat a meal. Some of the most popular meals are the curry dishes. The chocolate ice cream is another popular dish.

The toilet restaurant is very popular for its novelty, especially among young people. It is also a popular family destination. Moreover, many of the expats and foreigners come here to see this interesting place and have a laugh. The food is actually very good. The place has even expanded to a few other locations around Taiwan.

There are now twelve toilet restaurants in Taiwan with the “flag toilet” being in Taipei. I can only imagine some of the jokes that get told here. Word is these will be popping up in other parts of Asia soon.

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I’m just not sure I could do it. Just thinking about it makes me loose my appetite, especially the part about the food designed to look like like post-digestion food. Ewww.

You wouldn’t want to bring kids there or there could be some messy confusion

Erica Johansson

Surely interesting (have never heard of anything likely before), but I would not want to eat there!

Certainly an unusual idea but I just think I might wander further down the street. It might put me off chocolate ice-cream for ever….

Not sure what I think about that. humm…

Oh and I like how there happens to be a toilet ad on the left of this page.

Um, not sure if I want to be reminded while I eat of what will become of my food.

Although, it might be a great diet plan… quick someone call Jenny Craig! They can start shaping all their food like poo… imagine the success rate!


@quickroute: ha! excellent!

@christine: are you saying that chocolate swirl doesn’t look appetizing? :)

@chirs: the real toilet is the one you are sitting on lol!

Alan Morgan

Lol !!


This is really unusual!
I wonder how the real toilet is…

Wow, just when you think you’ve seen it all!!!

…and we thought that places like Ed Debevic’s (where they are purposely rude to you) were novel ideas.


This is hilarious! Now if they could somehow integrate those Japan singing toilets into the experience…..

bill clewell

where can i purchase the bathroom theme taiwan restaurant dishes ? tried everything — want them for a gift … thanx … bill


I have to agree with Majorca. That is gross indeed. Disgusting. Asia is too strange for my liking.

Now the real question is…when a patron needs to use the washroom…where does he go?? HAHAH

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