Since arriving in Taiwan for Computex, we haven’t really had the opportunity to get together for a real Dot Com Pho meal like how we do every Saturday in Vancouver. Seeing how it was John Chow’s last night in Taipei, we decided to go somewhere special. And it was crap-tastic!
Instead of Vietnamese noodles, the Dot Com Pho crew hit up a novelty restaurant in Taipei called Modern Toilet. The theme of this place is that everything has to do with the bathroom and the toilet. The table is a giant bathtub with a pane of glass on top, the seats have been replaced by toilets, and all the food is served in a tiny toilet. I wrote about this place late last year, so when I saw it on the map, I knew that we had to pay them a visit.
I’ve never been all that opposed to being adventurous in my dining, but Modern Toilet has got to be one of the strangest places at which I have dined in quite some time. We were expecting some rather mediocre food with a funny twist, but the dishes were actually very good and reasonably affordable (about ten bucks). I can totally see a Modern Toilet charging $40 in somewhere like Los Angeles.
That’s where you are seated and, if you choose, you can actually lift the cover. Just be aware that these seats probably don’t come with proper plumbing and the servers will hate you if you, um, use these toilets. They have not been patronized for your protection.
Next to the bathtub table was a showerhead. John Chow wanted to find out if it worked. (It doesn’t.)
I ordered the Japanese hot pot with seafood. It’s served in a small toilet and the cool thing is that there is actually a small flame inside the toilet. Combined with the metal bowl, this ensures that your food stays hot the whole time. That’s some fiery crap! It burns! It burns!
Every meal comes with a drink and dessert. The ice cream wasn’t very good at all.
Stephen Fung decided to utilize the toilet at the bottom of the stairs. I hope he didn’t drop the kids off at the pool, because that was certainly not a working unit.
Oh, and you have the option of having your drink served in a small urinal for an extra 30 NT (about a dollar). John Chow doesn’t look all that happy to be double-fisted with, um, various fluids.