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Friday, May 02, 2008

Haute Cuisine

For you "adventurous" diners out there, Der Spiegel reviews Beijing's exclusive "penis restaurant".

A visit to the Guolizhuang Restaurant in Beijing is not for the faint-hearted. Here the menu consists almost entirely of penis and testicle dishes -- made from the private parts of deer, snakes, yaks, horses, seals and ducks, among others.

The platters have names like "The Essence of the Golden Buddha," "Phoenix Rising," "Jasmine Flowers with 1,000 Layers" and "Look for the Treasure in the Desert Sand." Are such flowery names meant to prevent guests from prematurely running off? After all, the "jasmine flowers" are made of layers of thinly sliced donkey penis, and the "treasure in the desert" is actually sheep gonads on a bed of curry.

Read the whole thing here.

The menu items supposedly promote male virility and, for women, are said to be good for the skin.

And, for special customers, there is a secret menu. Hmmmm. Wonder what or who is on it.

And note, you don't have to trek all the way to Beijing. It is a franchise operation and has a branch in Atlanta.

Bon appetite!