Pictures showing boxes of prepackaged food lying next to a toilet bowl at the wildly popular Nakamura Tokichi dessert house in Tsim Sha Tsui went viral on the internet, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
A netizen said although the food items were properly packaged, it was disturbing to see them placed inside the washroom.
A representative from the Japanese restaurant’s marketing department said the boxes pictured were defective goods and were placed inside the washroom so as not to block passageways.
The representative said the goods were thrown away afterward and stressed that the expiry dates of all food items are checked daily.
Nakamura Tokichi was established in Uji city, near Kyoto, where it has been growing green tea since 1854.
The Tsim Sha Tsui outlet is the brand’s first foray outside Japan.
All the ingredients are said to be flown into Hong Kong fresh every day to ensure their freshness.
Local foodies are willing to spend up to two hours waiting in line for a taste of the Japanese desserts.
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