BEIJING: A new restaurant in Beijing doesn't offer romantic candlelight dinners but it is a big draw to young people with its toilet humour.
All 50 seats in the crowded diner are made from toilet bowls. Dishes are served in mini toilet bowls and drinks in plastic urinals.
Customers wipe their hands and mouths using toilet rolls hung above their tables and dessert is chocolate ice cream in the shape of a turd.
The decorations in the small but often packed diner were collected by its manager Qin Min from all over the country.
A small glass cabinet on the wall displays a wide range of feces-related toys that customers can buy as a souvenir to remind themselves of a special dining experience.
Qin said she wants to amuse her customers' senses and make them forget their daily grind for just a moment while eating here.
"This is not traditional. It makes people happy and relaxes them. Older customers who come here also say that dining here makes them want to laugh. They say eating here is very comfortable," Qin said.
The idea of combining excrement and food is nothing new. Toilet restaurants in Taiwan, New York and other places have proven to be successful for years.
The owner of Beijing's toilet restaurant, who didn't want to be interviewed on camera, said she borrowed this idea from others.
Beijing's toilet restaurant opened 18 months ago.
Names of its specialties on the menu often make it difficult for customers to guess what exactly are in the dishes.
The most often ordered one called "Our Famed Constipation" is made from deep fried potato.
Chen Dongdong's husband ordered the dish but she didn't want to touch it.
"Nowadays everything has a theme -- theme restaurant, even theme karaoke. Young people love it. Even if you decide not to like the toilet restaurant after coming here, this is still a good funny story to tell friends," Chen said.
The restaurant draws on young people, especially university students.
Nie Jiuqiang studies interior design. He said before he came to the toilet restaurant, he never put the two together.
"First of all, crap should never be mentioned at dinner table. Crap is not related to dining experience whatsoever. The restaurant brings the two together and does it well. Some friends recommended this place so I came to check it out," Nie said.
The average price of each dish is around three to four U.S. dollars
The affordable dining experiences at the restaurant have been keeping people coming back for more.
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