Restaurant serves fish pedi­cures

The Citizen (KZN) - - World - Yo­gyakarta

– As he scarfed down a tra­di­tional In­done­sian meal, Adi Karyanov got him­self the twoin-one spe­cial at a new restaurant of­fer­ing pedi­cures by fish.

The ta­bles and chairs at Soto Cokro Kem­bang in In­done­sia’s cul­tural cap­i­tal Yo­gyakarta sit in an­kle-deep wa­ter, home to thou­sands of lit­tle fish that nib­ble dead skin off the feet of din­ers.

“I felt the fish bit­ing my feet – it was tick­lish but nice,” Karyanov said. “They make it fun to eat here. It’s kind of unique.”

Many spas across south­east Asia have touted a fishy pedi­cure as an un­proven but novel way of treat­ing var­i­ous skin con­di­tions.

But restaurant owner Imam Nur, who opened in June, has gone a step fur­ther by of­fer­ing it along­side his tra­di­tional Ja­vanese “sole food”.

Nur cred­its his fa­ther for com­ing up with the idea for the ope­nair restaurant, which has some 7 000 Red Nile Tilapia swim­ming around its pa­trons.

Press­ing fish into ser­vice to re­move dead skin is not with­out con­tro­versy.

Some cities in North Amer­ica and Europe have banned it over con­cerns about bac­te­rial out­breaks, while Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals has warned over both the health risks and pos­si­ble cru­elty to an­i­mals.

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