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This Restaurant in Indonesia Serves Food Out of Toilet Bowls

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This Restaurant in Indonesia Serves Food Out of Toilet Bowls

The “Jamban Cafe” in the city of Semarang on Java island is a small eatery where a handful of diners sit on upright toilets around a table where food is served in two squat toilets. SURYO WIBOWO / GETTY

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What’s more appetizing than food served out of a toilet?

Most things.

Still, that is exactly what Indonesia’s Jamban Cafe – or toilet cafe – has on offer: food served out of squat toilets to diners who sit on makeshift chairs made of upright toilets.

Jamban Cafe, which is located in Semarang on the island of Java isn’t just a gimmick: the cafe aims to teach people about toilet use and proper sanitation.

Indonesia has one of the world’s highest rates of open defecation, which is an easy way to spread disease.

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The restaurant’s owner, Budi Laksono, is a public health expert who used to work for the local government. As diners eat, he hosts discussions with them and shows them videos to encourage them to use latrines to relieve themselves.

“Many critics say the cafe is inappropriate and against Islamic law,” Laksono was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying. “[But] this cafe serves as a reminder that many people in Indonesia still do not have toilets.”

“I was disgusted at first, but I eventually ate some of the food out of curiosity,” one customer said, according to the AFP report. “I think the idea is pretty interesting because if you try to have a campaign without a gimmick like this, the information won’t stick.”

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If the experience proves too stomach-churning for customers to bear, there’s a vomit bag by the entrance.

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