(This was originally written for a university project ‘The Falmouth Navigator’. This has featured on numerous blogs including some of my old ones)
Taiwan is well known for its across the board ideas. Taking on Chinese and Japanese influence, they continue to pride themselves on the diverse choice of cuisine.
In Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, a certain restaurant has caused quite a stir in the food world. In 2004 Marton Restaurant launched the slogan ‘To eat or to pee? Go to the Toilet! Deliver ur shit!’. The restaurant reenacts an eating space with small bathroom tables and toilet seats as chairs. For dessert, diners has the option of eating out of a mini plastic commode with chocolate ice cream mimicking an actual ‘dump’! Yummy or gross?
Popular menu choices are Korean sorak beef, Yunan Chili Chicken, pearl and milk hotpot and seafood dishes. If not a fan of Asian Cuisine, you also have the alternative of sampling some of the european dishes on the menu.
It does make you wonder where this unique idea came from? The owner has commented saying Manga was the big influence on the creation of Marton enterprises and they hope to continue to expand on ideas and to become “The No. 1 Brand in Themed Chain Restaurants.”
Popularity has grown vastly and now having over fourteen other restaurants across Taiwan and Hong Kong. Each restaurant has a different toilet theme from a shower room, a nightclub, classic restaurant, and a games room. We are all eagerly waiting to hear whats next!