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Modern Toilet Restaurant, Taipei
The Weird Factor: Most Westerners will flinch at the unlikely association made at this bizarre Taiwanese eatery, but in Asia, toilet dining is bordering on an obsessively popular way to eat. Owned by 27-year-old Eric Wang, commode cuisine comes to life as customers sit on (closed, thankfully) toilets while feasting on a steaming pink toilet bowl of noodles or a bidet of soft-serve chocolate ice cream. The first location was such a success that Wang opened a second branch seven months later—and now it’s a chain. The bathroom décor includes converted glass-covered bathtubs as tables, wall-mounted neon faucets, and urinal lamps. Even more unexpected may be the price: about $10 for a full meal, including soup and dessert. If you plan on staying in town a while, sign up for the frequent-flusher program to secure your own toilet-shaped bowl.
Signature Dish: Curry hot pot.
Info: No.34, Lincyuan St., Lingya District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan; www.moderntoilet.com.tw.