First poo-themed dessert cafe set to open in Canada

The restroom-restaurant will be a first for a city that is renowned for its varied and international culinary scene


Rachael Revesz
New York
Saturday 23 July 2016 01:28 BST
The derriere-focused deli is already a movement in Asia
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In Toronto, a city crammed full of fine restaurants, famous chefs and innovative dining ventures, it would be difficult for anyone to create a new fad.

But one George Brown College graduate is hoping her “Poop Café Dessert Bar” will cause the next big stink.

Opening mid-August in Koreatown, Lien Nguyen’s cafe will offer an all-brown menu, in the shape of human stools.

“I’m trying to make poop cute,” Ms Nguyen explained to the Toronto Star.

She said she first discovered the concept when she was visiting her mother in Taiwan a few years ago.

“We checked out a toilet-themed restaurant and I just loved it,” she said.

“It’s funny to put food and poop together; it’s a great comparison. It stayed in my mind for a long time. As soon as I finished school, I said, ‘OK, I’m going to bring the restaurant to Toronto.’”

The culinary management graduate said the menu will offer traditional Thai, Japanese and Korean desserts like patbingsoo (red beans with ice), as well as chocolate ice cream. Canadians will be asked to vote on the names before the menu is finalized.

Diners will sit on fake toilets and eat their food out of lavatory and urinal-shaped dishes.

“[It’s] considered very disgusting, [something] you can’t talk about when you’re eating,” she told the newspaper.

Similar-themed restaurants have already opened in Russia, South Korea, the Philippines, China, Japan and Indonesia.

The restaurant that inspired Ms Nguyen is called Modern Toilet and has been open since 2004. It has shower heads on the walls, plunger-shaped lampshades and a tiled floor. Diners can relax on their toilet-style seats with poo-shaped cushions.

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