|LA rush for Taiwan-style toilet copycat eatery
A restaurant serving Taiwanese food and billed as America's first toilet-themed eatery has just opened in Los Angeles – and is packing in diners after a wave of free publicity for the concept, said to be imported from Asia.
The Magic Restroom restaurant, where customers sit on ceramic bathroom bowls and eat from toilet-shaped tableware, did brisk business on its first fully open weekend.
Some might wonder who would want to eat surrounded by reminders of where the food ends up. But Friday's grand opening was by all accounts a huge success, fueled by media interest.
Waiter Daniel Chyan said the idea comes from Taiwan.
“The food we serve here its actually normal, it's typical Taiwanese food, like for example beef stew noodle,'' he added.
The toilet theme extends, perhaps inevitably, to the menu, with dishes including “black poop'' (chocolate sundae), “smells-like-poop'' (braised pork over rice), and “bloody number two'' (vanilla-strawberry sundae).
A random poll of customers Sunday suggested the eatery is a hit.
Denesse Elias said her chicken was served in a urinal while a shrimp rice order came in a small toilet.
“It was kind of weird at first eating from them,'' she said. “But the food was really good so it didn't make a difference.''