A family walks into a restaurant and asks for their reservation. The waiter directs them to a table in a corner, but there are no seats. Instead they’re seated on toilets set around their table. They look around and see that everyone else is seated on toilets too.
“I hear the food here goes right through you.” jokes the husband.
It sounds like a really bad joke, but in fact this family are at the Marton, a toilet themed restaurant in Taiwan. And you thought you’d seen everything eh? Marton comes from “Matong” which means toilet in chinese and the restaurant certainly delivers on it’s name. Customers are seated on toilets. Food is served in miniature ceramic toilet bowls with a choice between the traditional eastern squat toilet bowls or the western variety. Starters come in miniature men’s urinals and noodles and rice tend to be served in tiny bathtubs.
Eric Wang, the creator of this restaurant, made his name selling ice cream to kids in a now patented plastic toilet container. Apparantly the chocolate flavour was most popular, disgustingly enough. The idea took off and now he owns a chain of toilet themed restaurants around Taiwan, of which Marton is the first.
Brilliantly the manager, Hung Lin-wen, has introduced a loyalty system has been introduced to allow repeat customers to save up points towards earning their own miniature toilet bowl to serve food in at home. I’m trying to find a way to order one on the web right now.
Back to our family from the beginning of this post and they’re having some problems at home after their trip to the Marton. Lets just say it’s not the ideal place to take a child who’s potty training…