HOLLYWOOD – Eli Roth’s new restaurant ‘Toenails’ has opened on 1133 N. La Brea, West Hollywood and we sent the Studio Exec SNACK team to find out how the eats were.
Eli Roth is famous for torture porn and the only eyebrows that are classified as national heritage sites but this week he opened a new restaurant in West Hollywood with plans for further branches in New York, Miami and London. Speaking to the Studio Exec SNACK team, Eli had this to say:
When we were making Hostel Parts 1 and 2, we’d always found ourselves hungry in the evening. I know it was crazy. Some of us were already hungry in the middle of the day and others ate a small meal as soon as we woke up and that led me to think, isn’t strange how we need to eat? From there it was but a small step to working out that people need a place to eat and that’s where I got the idea of Toenails.
Well, when I was a kid I used to eat my own toenails. I mean originally I wasn’t eating them I was just nibbling them off using my teeth in lieu of scissors but once I accidentally swallowed one and there was no looking back.
So all of your food is based on body parts?
That’s right. Toenails, fingernails, that lint you find in your belly button with paprika. Dried skin and then we go onto the salads and the yogurt bar.
Yogurt bar? Maybe I don’t want to know.
It all comes out of a human body.
I said I don’t want to know.
We got the idea when we were doing The Green Inferno. Me and Lorenza Izzo were talking about being cannibals and she said she’d be a cannibal but only a vegetarian cannibal so we started talking about what that would involve. Toenails is the first restaurant for Vegetarian cannibals.