Pressure affects people in different ways. Soldiers become “shell-shocked.” Politicians “crack.”
Restaurateurs, on the other hand, forget the failsafe formula of good food, value and service, and start to think that novelty place mats are a neat idea.
In a city with 40,000 restaurants fighting for customers, it’s no wonder these Beijing eateries are acting a little odd.
1. House of Poo Poo
“Poo funny mud” is really just mash potato, silly.
A kindergarten “poo-scape” of smiley-faced turds, this bathroom-tiled restaurant is a daft tribute to the sit-down legacy of Thomas Crapper. Guests perch on toilets topped with Winnie the Pooh warmers (coincidence?), tucking into squidgy dishes like “poo funny mud” (mashed potato, pictured) and beef curries that float in table-top commodes. If it all gets too much, excuse yourself and go to the bathroom — it’s quite ordinary.
House of Poo Poo (便便满屋饭堂)
Average price: RMB 25-50
Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Address: 91 Dianmen Outer Street, Xicheng District (西城区地安门外大街91号), Tel. +86 (010) 8403 5296