Monday, March 21, 2011

Modern Toilet - unique cafe, average food


Modern Toilet (Taicung Branch)

2F., No.101, Yijhong St., North District, Taichung

Food: 2.5
Service: 3

Price: Fair

Theme cafes are hugely popular in Taiwan, just like the Hello Kitty cafe which I visited. I can't remember when, but I know it was ages ago when I first heard about the toilet theme cafe in Taiwan. I still remember my reaction "What! Toilet cafe, interesting, but isn't that kinda gross?". Despite that attitude, I still insisted to R that we must go try it.
There actually quite a few stores all over Taiwan. The one we chose to visit was in Taichung. It was located on very popular/busy Yijhong St. I was almost reluctant to visit, after seeing all the delicious Yijhong street food. Anyways, the restaurant was interesting, all the tables are either sinks or shower tubes with a glass table top. Of course, all the seats are toilet decorated with different seat covers.
R ordered their House special item: curry chicken with rice($6). I know it's a theme restaurant, but still when I saw the curry in the toilet bowl, somehow it did become less appetizing. Anyways, despite being one of their most popular items, this was just average. The vegetables was rather soft and mushy. The curry was not as strong as I would have liked.
What I order turned out to be a set meal, with a separate soup. It was suppose to be creamy soup, but it tasted really water down and a bit bland.
I ordered a Tom Yum baked Penne ($7.50). Despite the average food above, this was actually good. The sauce was a combination of creamy coconut milk and tom yam flavor which I loved. The baked cheese only enhanced the dish. I also liked the fact that mine came in a cute bath tub (which seemed more appetizing).
All the meal here came with dessert: chocolate soft serve (you can imagine why chocolate :P). Although the consistency was good, but the flavor tasted water down, and it wasn't creamy enough.
Last but not least, I have to share this picture. This was the share sinks outside the men/women washroom. To be honest, because it does have some yellow stain around it, I felt a bit queasy washing my hand here.

After trying the food at Modern Toilet, the novelty certainly wears off for me. I mean the restaurant was certainly unique, but I think Taiwan just has way too many delicious restaurant/street food to try. So if you are person who doesn't really care for the food, but loves a theme cafe, then this place is perfect for you. Other wise, skip it, and just enjoy the countless street food on Yijhong street.


Kevin March 21, 2011 at 2:20 PM

I tried the XiMenDing location and was sorely disappointed. I remember being all excited when my mom showed me news of their opening and how there were line ups and all that, but yea, definitely not worth the hype.

The novelty of eating in a restaurant full of "ma-tongs" very quickly wore off. Thankfully it wasn't too much food for us, so we had space to eat street food, much cheaper and much more delicious.

Sidenote, how come you type out han yu ping ying differently? TaiChung vs TaiZhong? YiJhong vs YiZhong? 2nd character is the same for both, but spelled differently?

Jenny March 21, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Actually I just copy and paste the exact address from their website. So I didn't really type any of the Chinese PinYing.

Katie March 21, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Ohhh! This is so cute!
They have one in HongKong also~
But they dont have those sinks ):

jer March 22, 2011 at 1:57 AM

I was always interested in visiting the Toilet restaurant if I were ever in Taiwan but after your seems really disappointing. I guess its the novelty effect at work here. The food looks to be similar to typical Vancouver BBT/cha-chan tang fare.

On a good note, that ice cream does look strangely appetizing from the looks of it haha.

Buddha Boy March 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Buddha Girl and myself went to the Shih Lin location. Food is definitely on the not so good side, but it's a been there, done that type of thing. We also went to a DS Music restaurant that has the feel of a bar but is themed like a hospital with all the waitresses dressed as nurses, the food there was surprisingly pretty good.

Jenny March 24, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Kayce: actually I would prefer the regular sinks XD

Jer: well, if you are interested in theme stuff, this totally fit the bill, but just don't expect really good food. Also I think it really depend on what you pick, I mean I certainly liked mine.

Buddha Boy: Ohhhh, I wasn't even aware of a hospital theme restaurant, now I will definitely add to the list when I visit again.

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