Restaurant serves fish pedicures
– 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.