UPDATE: One of my blog readers said that this Modern Toilet branch in Mongkok is already closed. I was also surprised to hear the news. However, I believe that there is another branch of this concept restaurant in Causeway Bay.
In Hong Kong, most of our time spent eating were composed of hanging out in KFC food restaurants -- we never even bothered tasting street food. However, we didn’t pass the opportunity to drop by the Modern Toilet Restaurant to have that unique dining experience.
If you’re a working professional and you start your work day reading emails and SPAM messages from co-employees and friends, you’ve probably come across a forwarded email about a restaurant that uses miniature toilet bowls as their plates. The food concept is taken from the Modern Toilet Restaurant which has a couple of branches in Hong Kong.
Modern Toilet Restaurant
59 HKD -South Pacific Curry Chicken Hot Pot
We arrived at the Mongkok District from Hong Kong Disneyland to check out the shops around. It was night time and we were starving for dinner. Cindy was looking at her printed copies of our itinerary to look for the address of the Modern Toilet resto.
It took us time to find the store (it’s located on the 3rd Floor of a building) but we were glad that we saw it. There weren’t that many people around which made us really happy to get seats right away. We ordered food and then started taking pictures.
Inside the Toilet Resto
True enough, this concept restaurant is consistent with their theme. Aside from the dishes served in miniature toilet bowls, the lamps, tiles and other decorations are all patterned according to the bathroom setting. Toilet seats, sinks, urinals, showerheads and others all add up to the creative ambiance.
toilet seats and sink tables
urinal lights on the wall
Funny thing happened to me while we were waiting for our food to arrive. I needed to go to the loo in order to relieve myself. I saw a male and female sign on a door which led me (or any other person) to believe that it was the door for the comfort room. I tried my best to push or pull so I could enter but then I realized that it was just a wall and the doors were just decorations plastered on tiles. It was a total bummer considering how pathetic I looked because of forcing myself to open it. Good thing there weren’t that many people staring at me.
Ironic how the Modern Toilet shop doesn’t have a toilet inside their restaurant -- the bathroom was located outside.
kept trying to open the door, but it was actually just a wall.
I never thought that I could experience dining in this restaurant cause who would’ve known that we will be able to eat at the actual place that we only saw in forwarded emails.
How the food was presented might gross people out especially those with sensitive guts. But for my companions and I, it was no biggie. hehe
Personally, the food was just okay. The extraordinary environment is what we went there for. As a matter of fact, that's what most people who dropped by the place were after.
59 HKD - Japanese Pork Cutlets, 59 HKD - Pork Chop Rice with Cheese and Mushroom Sauce
18 HKD - Ice Cream
I shit you not!
The chain of Modern Toilets started in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and now has 12 restaurants in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan with future locations planned in Macau and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Source: Modern Toilet – Wikipedia)
We spent around 237 HKD for 3 meals and one ice cream dessert. A little expensive for my taste, but then again, we paid mostly for the experience that was beyond the usual.
It actually looks romantic from afar (NOT!) hehe.
Directions to Modern Toilet in Mongkok
The famous restaurant branch is located at the 3/F, 240-244 Portland Street, MPM Building (MTR Exit C4/E1).
You might not find it at first – and you will probably have a hard time asking for directions from people due to how crowded shops are in HK, but you’ll get by. We passed by a couple of blocks, only to find out that we had to go back where we started. It’s opposite the Langham Place mall, and on top of Cotton On and Levi’s shops.
Check out my blog posts about my Cebu to Hongkong trip here:
- Hong Kong Trip: From Cebu to Hongkong
- Hongkong Trip: Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok Computer Center
- Hong Kong Trip: World Trade Center & Times Square in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai
- Hong Kong Trip: City Gate Outlets and Disneyland
- Hong Kong Trip: Ocean Park
- Hong Kong Trip: Victoria Peak
- HongKong to Cebu
- Modern Toilet Restaurant in Mongkok
- Tips and Things to Know about Hong Kong
- Total Budget Expense of our Hong Kong Macau Trips
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