Okay, this isn’t exactly how it sounds. I did relieve myself in the middle of a restaurant, but it was in a restroom and there were walls around it. They just happened to be glass.
I met John and Paul at the appropriately named Peep, a Thai restaurant on Prince Street that for some reason has a bathroom with see-through walls. While the food looked good – and veggie friendly – it was the loo that inspired us to go (to the restaurant).
I’d never actually noticed Peep before, but it’s pretty smart – a long corridor with dim lighting, sleek glass tables and a reasonably priced but good-looking menu. After tucking in to tasty appetizers of spring rolls, spinach dumplings and salmon tartar and main courses of duck, fake duck and a ‘prawns nest’, it was time to try out the facilities.
It was a bit weird, of course. There’s just a glass wall separating the diners from the doers, but thankfully it’s reflective on their side. But you can see a TV lighting up in the bathroom while you’re in the main restaurant, so I wondered if John and Paul would get a glimpse of a different sort of show while I was in there.
Even though they couldn’t actually see me on the loo, I was certain they could, and it was probably the quickest pee of my life, like I was sneaking one.
I then tried my hardest to check Paul and John out while they were going, but sadly the only flashing I saw was my camera in the mirror as I failed to take a snap of them.
This is a bizarre idea, and probably not the best for those with bathroom stage fright. But in a city filled with restaurants, it’s one way to stand out… and definitely a very literal take on the idea of a ‘public bathroom’.