T-Bowl Restaurant, Queensbay Mall Penang

In a country that has no qualms about concept copying, with our own Malaysian Idol, and other reality tv shows etc it’s no surprise to me that someone has finally jumped on the toilet-themed concept restaurant bandwagon which first surfaced in Taiwan. Since I was in Penang briefly for work, decided to go and see if they managed to pull it off. Afterall, I’m not sure how I’d feel dining in the “toilet”. Hehe.

It took me a while to locate this place even though it’s near the GSC cineplex as there are still ongoing shop renovations and the usual traffic was diverted. The shop decor is not as realistic as the one in Taiwan but has managed to reproduce about a 80% likeness by using coloured toilet bowls with various lids, shower heads, shower curtains, bathtub/sink supported glass tables etc.

I was a little wary about sitting on the toilet bowl at first as it was not bolted down to the floor but it was actually quite sturdy. One thing though, these seats are not made for comfort. Definitely not comfy enough for me to want to loiter around after my meal coz the lids were hard! And there were some issues with the table height as the bathtub could get in the way of one’s knees.

Our appetiser, Deep Fried Dumplings (日式炸水饺) was quite normal looking. No bathtub or squat toilet shaped bowl. Served with wasabi mayo, it was not bad though I didn’t quite like the filling, which had the consistency and bouncy texture of a fishcake or fishballs rather than minced meat. But the outer layer was crisp.

In line with the toilet theme, it’s no surprise that the chefs decided to make their signature dish appear like a pile of dung. And yes, it’s in the form of “Signature Sausage” (镇店屎王) which is actually a skinny long chicken sausage twisted and drizzled with sauce to give it the poop look. Then they garnished it with greens and some ham & cheese rolls (toilet paper? lol). Tastewise, it was alright though we felt that the sausage was a little too much as we felt like we couldn’t finish it in the end.

They had a lot of HK cafe cuisine in their menu and I ended up choosing the Cheese Baked Rice with Seafood (芝士炬海鲜饭). It was served in a ceramic toilet bowl, complete with the valve closet! Well, I thought it was more cute than revolting, so of course it didn’t repulse me. Pretty tasty but portion size was so-so only, though ingredients used were ample; 2 prawns, some fish fillets, a couple squid rings with crabstick and broccoli topped the rice with cheese.

As a concept restaurant, I think it has its novelty. But food wise, it was quite average tasting. And if you’re one of those kind who has a very visual imagination, I guess sitting on the toilet bowl for long would be sure to stir up some crap. Lol. But really, with people using a jailhouse, hospitals, the toilet etc as restaurant themes, what’s next?

T-Bowl Restaurant (www)
3F-43, 43A & 45,
QueensBay Mall
100, Persiaran Bayan Indah,
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.

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9 Comments »

  1. J2Kfm said

    erm, eating in complete darkness? read bout that somewhere.
    but would really be awful if spaghetti’s served. =P

    your shots came out very bright and crisp. you’re using a DSLR?

    epicuriousgirl says: yes, i read about that too. done in bangkok if i am not mistaken.

    i use the dslr on days when i feel like lugging it out. on other days, it’s either the office’s compact p&s or my mobile phone 😛

  2. mimi said

    I think it’s a bit disgusting the food served in toilet bowl 😛

    epicuriousgirl says: at least it wasn’t drizzled with brown sauce! even more graphic then 😛

  3. wallau.. seriously what will they think of next?! lol

    epicuriousgirl says: erm, dining in beds? wait, that has been done. even dining in the air! lol.

  4. gina said

    Of coz portion not that big lah! If not how to even pay for the toilet bowl deco in the restaurant?? Haha!

    epicuriousgirl says: More like they had to follow the size of the ceramic toilet bowl holders. Hehe.

  5. Simon Seow said

    Now, now. KL why don’t have this kind of themed restaurant.

    epicuriousgirl says: haha, i think “the apartment” is as close as it gets. not only dine in bathroom, but every room!

  6. How Jun said

    Hey, I borrow one of your photo ya. Will give you the credit!

  7. Enqvist said

    tested their tomyam ramen, really good.

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