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If I’m forced to look on the bright side of stay-at-home orders, pandemics, and quarantines limiting my ability to travel anywhere, it at least gives me more time to go back and catch up on reviews of past trips and attractions. Today I am going back to September 2018 — my daughter and I had taken a trip to Taipei and Beijing. We had used 95,000 ANA miles per person for a roundtrip business class ticket from Cincinnati to Chicago to Taipei (stopover) to Beijing (destination) to Toronto back to Cincinnati. 95,000 miles for two 12+ hour flights in business class is a pretty slick deal. We had about 2 days in Taipei, and one of the things that we definitely wanted to visit was the Taipei Modern Toilet restaurant.
Taipei Modern Toilet Restaurant location and hours
The folks that run the Taipei Modern Toilet Restaurant first started in 2004 and currently has 3 different restaurants in Taiwan — there are two in Taipei and one in Taochung on the western side of Taiwan. We visited the one that’s in the Ximen area of Taipei. We had spent the morning visiting Liberty Square and the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. The Modern Toilet restaurant was about a 2km walk from Liberty Square. One of my favorite memories of that walk was getting the notice on my phone that the Cleveland Browns had won their first game in twenty tries (it was Friday morning in Taipei and a Thursday night game).
The addresses for the restaurants are on the Modern Toilet restaurant website, though we found it a bit difficult to navigate. I’m sure that was a “us” problem. The Taipei Modern Toilet restaurant that we visited opened only at 11:30 a.m. and we got there a little bit early, so we just waited outside until it was time to open for lunch.
Modern Toilet Restaurant Taipei Taiwan decor
Of course the main reason that you’re coming to the Modern Toilet restaurant is for the decor, right? If you’re scatalogically minded, you will not be disappointed. Literally everything in the restaurant is poop, pee, or toilet themed. It starts in the entryway as you make your way up to the second floor where the restaurant is located
You’re greeted by the server stand where you place your order. They also have various toilet-themed souvenirs that you can buy (we passed). The seating area is off to your left and all of the seats are (non-functioning) toilets
And it should come as no surprise that the TOILETS in a TOILET-themed restaurant are done up special
Taipei Modern Toilet Restaurant menu
The Taipei Modern Toilet restaurant has a variety of different Western and Chinese food options.
I don’t see it pictured on this menu, but they also offered a meal special where you could get one appetizer, a main course, drink, and dessert. That was around 500 Taiwanese dollars which is about $17USD. We ordered two of those and sat down to wait for our food.
Taipei Modern Toilet Restaurant review – food
At your seat, each place setting had a bowl with a plastic “poop” at the bottom.
My appetizer was meatballs, which of course came out poop shaped and covered in “disgusting” sauces.
The taste was actually just fine, of course. You just had to get past the visual presentation, which of course is the entire point of the restaurant and the reason we were there!
The meals came with bread on the side, which was of course poop shaped as well. To top it off, the drinks that we ordered came not in cups or bottles but in ceramic urinals. Again, you have to work through the fact that you’re drinking out of a urinal 🙂
Here is my drink — you can also see the bread and spaghetti that came with the meal in the background.
The meal of course comes on a toilet shaped plate. The meal that we ordered comes with a small bowl of soup which you can see here as well. Gives a whole new meaning to the term “pee soup” 🙂
At the end of our meal, they brought out the dessert. The ice cream that we ordered was of course sculpted like a piece of poo. Still tasted like ice cream though! It was a great way to top off the meal and our time at the Taipei Modern Toilet Restaurant.
Taipei Modern Toilet Restaurant review — the bottom line
The food at the Taipei Modern Toilet Restaurant was … dare I say… solid? It wasn’t a gourmet restaurant by any stretch of the imagination but that wasn’t our expectation. The food was good, and the ambiance was perfect. It’s not a place I would return to over and over again, but if you’re in Taiwan, and you or your kids enjoy potty humor, the Taipei Modern Toilet Restaurant is definitely worth a visit!
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