Poop Cafe is Toronto's washroom-themed restaurant. Has someone in your life been using that poop emoji every day since it was invented, or bursts into uncontrollable laughter whenever toilet humour comes up? Is that person you? If that person also loves dessert, this place is for them.
Beyond the poop-tastic theme with the little swirly emoji everywhere, ice cream served in toilet bowls and water served in urinal-shaped cups, this place offers a generous range of various Asian desserts, from Thai rolled ice cream to Hong Kong egg waffles. This place seems to encourage Torontonians to lighten up, and in the process open themselves to flavour combinations.
The first step in obtaining a sense of humour about the place is finding a comfy seat on one of their toilet seats, the only seating in the restaurant, which is up a fair number of stairs on another level, though it is ample. Each toilet seat has a hilarious poop emoji cover on it. The walls are scrawled all over with cute sayings revolving around potty humour, like "I love the shit out of you!"
The Thai ice cream roll ($6.50) is a good example of this kind of gimmick that then turns from a party trick into a party in your mouth. One of the things that blows you away about Poop Cafe after you stop focusing on the theme is the sheer level of choices you're offered. This Thai ice cream is Nutella, but there's also crunchy cereal and avocado, and a ton of topping choices.
They have over twenty toppings, which you can use to make the most insane combinations, ranging from Pocky sticks of various flavours to mini marshmallows, jelly beans, Ferrero Rocher chocolates, peanut M & Ms, and Reese cups.
We also try this recommended $9 Hong Kong waffle concoction, the waffle stuffed into a mason jar filled with a crushed avocado mixture, shaved ice milk, coconut gelato, coconut milk, grated coconut and toasted coconut. The waffle has a little whipped cream, avocado and toasted coconut on top for flair. The shaved 3.25% ice milk and gelato are the basis for many items.
Finally arriving in the infamous toilet dish (you don't have to request one, it comes that way) we have mango bingsu ($9.50), a Korean dessert. It's shaved ice and vanilla gelato topped with corn flakes, fresh diced mango, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Everything comes garnished with an inedible but delightful Poop Cafe flag. (Marking their territory, if you will.)
The concept might seem crazy to some, but if Koreatown can turn a porn theatre into a rock climbing gym , anything is possible and anyone is welcome in this neighbourhood.
Photos by Hector Vasquez