There are funny gimmicks, there are abstract concepts and then there are poop-themed dessert cafs.
In Toronto, Canada, Lien Nguyen will be opening the country’s first poop-themed dessert caf in mid-August. The restaurant, known simply as Poop Caf Dessert Bar, will serve traditional Asian desserts like patbingsoo (red beans with ice) in fun, fecal shapes. The goal, Nguyen explains, is to help reclaim mankind’s most stigmatized waste matter.
Many people make regressive assumptions about human feces, on the grounds that eating them can cause such minor illnesses as cholera and dysentery. Nguyen wants to reverse centuries of discrimination and rebrand human poop all with a little dessert caf.
“[Its] considered very disgusting, [something] you cant talk about when youre eating,” Nguyen told The Toronto Star. “Im trying to make poop cute.”
At the Poop Caf, diners will sit on fake toilets and eat food out of urinal-shaped dishes.
Also, in keeping with theme, all of the cafe’s items will be brown and shaped like adorable little edible turds.
Poop Caf is the first of its kind in Canada. Over the past year few years, other fecal-focused restaurants have opened in Russia, China and Japan.
Nguyen, who has a degree in culinary management, came up with the concept after visiting a toilet-themed restaurant in Taiwan.
While diners everywhere have expressed ambivalence about the project not everyone, strangely enough, wants to eat feces the project has some strengths.
The food diners eat will look the same way exiting as it did entering. That alone is a tremendous achievement.
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