If there are two things that almost everyone enjoys, it’s food and sex, so one innovative, young Beijing restaurateur thought why not combine the two?
The result is Ke’er (壳儿), meaning “Shell” in Chinese, a sex-themed restaurant opened by a 27-year-old woman named Lu Lu last year that was recently featured in an article by Reuters. Even before the international media hype, the place had managed to become popular with a certain crowd who enjoy having waiters with fake breasts serve sizzling seafood accompanied by drinks inside boob-shaped cups, while admiring the inflatable, naked S&M dolls covering the walls.
While Lu handles the business side of the restaurant, her father runs the kitchen. Despite some reasonable initial reservations about the decor choices, he is now happily dishing out signature “Horny” and “Sensuous World” plates of food to customers.
“‘Food and sex are the basic desires of humans,’ and the phrase has not changed in more than 5,000 years,” Lu told Reuters. “‘Release your basic instincts’ and ‘Liberate yourself’ are the two concepts we used as the basis for the restaurant.”
In a country where you have to be careful about how you eat a banana online, you’d think these two concepts might be met with some resistance. But apparently Lu’s restaurant has only been closed down once so far — for two weeks in April after it hosted a performance art show that invited audience members to grope a woman’s breasts through her clothes.
However, Lu told Reuters that she already has some more potentially controversial offenses in the works for her restaurant, including allowing customers to whip their waitresses and having female diners placed in handcuffs and fed by their male companions.
Already, the restaurant has received respectable reviews on Dianping (Chinese Yelp) earning a 7.8 for food, 8.0 for decor and 7.9 for service. The average meal price is 143 yuan.
Hey, if toilet-themed restaurants can become a hit here, we really don’t see why in the world this wouldn’t work.
In fact, sex-themed restaurants have already left their mark in Taiwan. In 2014, “Funny Sex” opened in Kaohsiung, featuring items ranging from sex-doll patrons to boob-shaped soap dispensers to penis plates. Apparently, it has already had quite the effect on diner habits.
[Images via Tencent / Weibo]