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TonyC Oct 14, 2013 11:33 AM

The money shot from the weekend is someone twittering a photo of a near-empty (toilet) bowl of eaten curry featuring a ring around the toilet.

Others on Instagram feature people (millenials) posing mid-pee in the lobby, barfing into their seats, taking a shower at their table, etc.

I hope the concept makes it across America.

NB: the original Modern Toilet restaurant opened in Kaoshiung in 2004: http://www.moderntoilet.com.tw/en/sto...

  1. Pamplemoose Oct 15, 2013 09:21 AM

    So this is what you do when you want to open a restaurant and are desperate for free publicity- you go with the "shocking" concept.
    Everyone will talk about the toilets and the gross out factor but what about the food? Probably pretty average to bad but that doesn't matter if people are distracted by the "concept" and money will be made off of people who want to see the latest shiny object.
    Kind of like what would happen if you asked a bunch of eight year old boys what kind of restaurant they would like to own.
    So there you have it Magic Restroom= the Miley Cyrus of food.

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      J.L. Oct 15, 2013 09:39 AM

      It twerks for me.

      :-P

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        linus Oct 15, 2013 02:24 PM

        the magic restroom would give their left nut to be the miley cyrus of food.
        it's a BUSINESS. they want to make MONEY.

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        Xan7hos Oct 15, 2013 12:06 AM

        Let's start a pool to see how long it will take until someone literally takes a shit in one of the toilet seats.

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          kevin Oct 15, 2013 09:12 AM

          That might just be me.

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            barryc Oct 15, 2013 01:37 PM

            i'm contemplating using a urinal for that purpose. although to take it to its greatest extreme, you'd also have to stick a fork in it afterwards, (as using chopsticks would be very bad juju).

        2. ipsedixit Oct 14, 2013 08:28 PM

          I have a hard time peeing in public.

          This ... will ... not ... be ... good ... for ... me.

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            J.L. Oct 14, 2013 11:48 PM

            No worries, then. You're not gonna look like you're peeing in public at this restaurant... You're pooping.

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              ipsedixit Oct 15, 2013 07:22 AM

              But I pee while I ... oh, nevermind.

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                barryc Oct 15, 2013 01:34 PM

                i usually squat to... never mind

          2. Mr Taster Oct 14, 2013 05:03 PM

            Greetings everyone, from Lanyu Island, Taiwan

            Yes, this is is a knockoff of Modern Toilet, as TonyC says. Somehow, Taiwanese people don't have the same gross-out factor that we westerners do with regard to this restaurant. Everyone I've talked to about it thinks it's kind of cute and whimsical, maybe a little silly, but gross somehow doesn't enter into the picture.

            This is not Taiwan, however (at least where you guys are reading this!) so I feel it's just a matter of time before this thing goes away.

            Mr Taster

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              kevin Oct 14, 2013 05:07 PM

              You in Taiwan, Taster ?

              Have a great trip and let us know how the one in Taiwan compares to the one in City of Industry.

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                Mr Taster Oct 14, 2013 05:13 PM

                I couldn't bring myself to go in the Taipei restaurant 3 years ago (though I do have a business card somewhere), and I don't see myself visiting the one in Industry either.

                Mr Taster

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                blimpbinge Oct 14, 2013 07:57 PM

                "Taiwanese people don't have the same gross-out factor that we westerners do with regard to this restaurant."

                in addition, modern toilet has a "cute" factor (see pics online) that magic restroom doesn't have...

                from the few pics i've seen, magic restroom looks like the toilet aisle @ home depot with some extra tiles, they really need to work on the look.

              3. ClarissaW Oct 14, 2013 04:13 PM

                Actually Tony, the menu names are completely normal. No golden poop rice. There is magic curry though.

                 
                 
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                  kevin Oct 14, 2013 04:29 PM

                  clarrisa, are these working toilets so that one may well you know...

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                    ClarissaW Oct 14, 2013 04:32 PM

                    Hah no. But they do lift up. Full photo gallery is here: http://clarissawei.com/2013/10/14/hol...

                2. J.L. Oct 14, 2013 12:32 PM

                  What's the magic in Magic Restroom?

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                    kevin Oct 14, 2013 12:36 PM

                    It's magic because voila there's edible food in a toilet save for the "food" in three girls one cup which may be edible too.

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                      J.L. Oct 14, 2013 05:05 PM

                      Let's see how various hounds react to 3 girls 1 cup...

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                        PeterCC Oct 14, 2013 05:35 PM

                        Where did the extra girl come from, kevin?

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                          J.L. Oct 14, 2013 05:45 PM

                          The magic restroom?

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                            kevin Oct 14, 2013 06:46 PM

                            What extra girl ????

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                              PeterCC Oct 14, 2013 07:02 PM

                              The video only has 2 girls, so I've heard...

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                                kevin Oct 14, 2013 07:04 PM

                                So you've heard ???? :)

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                                  PeterCC Oct 14, 2013 07:08 PM

                                  Yes???

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                      jessejames Oct 14, 2013 12:31 PM

                      reminds me of a pantyless shabu shabu restaurant in tokyo with mirrored counters...u get the idea...never really got into sex mixed with food, let alone this! only in japan i hope!

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                        kevin Oct 14, 2013 12:34 PM

                        I love Japan but that's a whole other concept.

                        How about the fresh used panty vending machines ?

                        I hope they take credit cards or maybe not.

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                          ns1 Oct 14, 2013 12:40 PM

                          uh what? link plz =D

                          I'm not sure I want to google that while connected to the work network.

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                            jessejames Oct 14, 2013 01:09 PM

                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-pan_k...

                            this is tame

                            heard about restaurants also with glass ceilings and gross stuff happening overhead

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                              ns1 Oct 14, 2013 01:32 PM

                              wow. i love japan.

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                                jessejames Oct 14, 2013 03:15 PM

                                I love it too! they sure know how to party!

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                                kevin Oct 14, 2013 03:12 PM

                                jesse, we'll have to discuss the rest of board.

                                anyhow, i fucking love japan too.

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                                  kevin Oct 14, 2013 03:13 PM

                                  and i don't want to click on this at work either.

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                                    kevin Oct 14, 2013 03:16 PM

                                    are there any pictures in this link to wikeypedia or is it merely text ????

                                    please tell me it's just text.

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                                      jessejames Oct 14, 2013 03:18 PM

                                      SFW, text

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                                        ns1 Oct 14, 2013 03:32 PM

                                        NSFW, thoughts

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                                          jessejames Oct 14, 2013 03:51 PM

                                          Enjoy the soft opening?

                              3. Baron Oct 14, 2013 12:25 PM

                                Gross! VERY GROSS!

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                                  chrishei Oct 14, 2013 12:19 PM

                                  I always wondered: do their bathrooms look like restaurant interiors? That would be a genius sub-concept.

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                                    selfportrait93 Oct 14, 2013 12:34 PM

                                    or, lack of any bathroom seems justifiable.

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                                      J.L. Oct 14, 2013 05:04 PM

                                      Hybridizing the above ideas: An outhouse that looks like Melisse on the inside.

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                                    ns1 Oct 14, 2013 12:17 PM

                                    Don't understand...

                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
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                                      kevin Oct 14, 2013 12:20 PM

                                      Oh, you eat out of the fucking toilet ????

                                      Now that's a fucking gimmick.

                                      i was hoping that you ate your six hour tasting menu meal while sitting on the toilet so you would be able to go whenever you damn well please.

                                      That would have been the true felicitous concept.

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                                        SIMIHOUND Oct 14, 2013 12:28 PM

                                        I cant wrap my head around this concept whatsoever. I have seen it all now. They have reached the limit. OMG!

                                        (Kevin you kill me. I am laughing my head off right now.)

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                                          Servorg Oct 14, 2013 12:42 PM

                                          3 times I read the title of the OP's post as "Magic Mushroom" and was starting to get interested until I refocused and was throne for a loop...(now I feel a bit flushed and need to sit down for a while).

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                                      barryc Oct 14, 2013 12:15 PM

                                      do they have TP dispensers in place of napkins? (labeled OSU/MSU diplomas, of course) then you could film impromptu chamin commercials with customers all saying "this feels like facial tissue"

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                                      1. re: barryc
                                        TonyC Oct 14, 2013 12:49 PM

                                        bc,
                                        you know the football season is OVER as of Saturday?

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                                          barryc Oct 15, 2013 01:32 PM

                                          i feel badly for our kicker. but i don't think we got outplayed as much as out-coached, especially in the 1st half.

                                          and i just got back from R-J in downey. will post on that shortly.

                                      2. mucho gordo Oct 14, 2013 12:03 PM

                                        It makes sense to me. What they're saying is the food is what I call "in 'n' out"; it just goes right through you abd you're sitting right where you need to be.

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