Published by TheFoodMonkey on 20 Nov 2007 at 09:35 pm
Aristotle looked at the world through a teleological lens, urging us to view all things in terms of their ends. The acorn becomes a mighty oak, the boy a man. But that noble Greek philosopher, in all of his wisdom, could never fathom the extent to which the teleological ideal would be extended by a particular restaurant in the Shilin district of Taipei.
The Modern Toilet offers customers, whether they like it or not, an ends-based outlook on their meals. This toilet-themed restaurant integrates the bathroom into both the decor and the presentation of its meals.
All 100 seats in the crowded diner are made from toilet bowls, not chairs. Sink faucets and gender-coded “WC” signs appear throughout the three-storey facility, one of 12 in an island-wide chain of eateries with a toilet theme.
The Modern Toilet even extends its theme to its highly suggestive ice cream dessert that, well, seems designed to look the same way going in as going out.
While perhaps not the best place to bring someone on the first date, the Modern Toilet does get good reviews for both food and price, though an article from news.com.au quotes a mother saying “My son thought it was disgusting and didn’t know if he could finish his food.”
So while you might give the food a pass, The Modern Toilet is definitely worth at least visually checking out if you happen to be in Taipei. The one question that I have is whether the bathroom there looks like a kitchen table!
P.S. Extra points for me, for the use of a zeugma in the second paragraph.