Yes, it’s a toilet-themed restaurant. And no, it’s not as gross as it sounds. Taiwanese chain More Than Toilet’s two branches (the Tianzifang outlet recently underwent a refit), somehow manage to make bodily functions look cute: shiny purple cushions top the toilet-like seats; number two-shaped pillows sport cheerful cartoon smiles; a giant pink toilet statue could be mistaken for a cupcake. The pop soundtrack keeps the atmosphere whimsical, as visitors giggle at urinals lining the walls and plastic poos beneath the glass tabletops.
The cafe serves pretty standard Chinese café food that’s not too heavy on the fibre. There are pizzas (around 80RMB), pastas (around 50RMB) and, oddly, borscht (30RMB). Desserts include waffles, translated as ‘muffins’ (55RMB), and honey toast (65RMB). Some dishes are presented according to the theme, such as a mini-urinal of coconut milk-tea (40RMB) and a toilet filled with banana-hot chocolate (40RMB). While the menu isn’t exactly teeming with culinary treasures, a decent order is the pork chop curry ‘omelette’ (52RMB) with breaded, cutlets bathed in thick, brown sauce.
Admittedly, some of the food is a bit crap, but arrive with low culinary expectations and a playful attitude toward the surroundings and you’ll walk away from More Than Toilet content.