Cabbages & Condoms, Bangkok

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10 Sukhumvit Soi 12 (02) 2294610

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    Cabbages and Condoms

    by SirRichard Written Oct 21, 2003

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    My food

    This original and charming restaurant, in the Sukhumvit (east) area, is managed by the Population & Community Development Association of Thailand. The restaurant incomes help fund population control, AIDS awareness, and a host of rural development programs. That's why such a strange name.

    You enter the restaurant via a tropical garden, in which there are outdoor tables. When I went it was raining, so I went in, which is nice and charm too.

    It was cheap (2 USD first dishes, 3 USD mains) and tasty, a great experience!

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    Cabbages & Condoms Bangkok: Condoms After A Meal?

    by Rachelynn Updated Dec 19, 2004

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    Nope, this is not a sleazy restaurant. =P

    As i quote from them, Cabbages & Condoms is a "Restaurant with A Mission" and i would say, a noble mission....to spread the message of Safe Sex.

    This restaurant has such a romantic setting...fairylights...good food...followed by free condoms, what more can you ask for???

    The menu is pretty extensive and creative, my personal favourite is the spicy condom salad and the thai green curry with rice. If you prefer something else, no worries, burgers and fries and spaghetti are definitely on the menu.

    It's a 20 minutes walk from Asok BTS Train station, by the time i reached, i was perspiring all over, not romantic at all. =(

    Thus take a cab to this place.

    Oh yes, pls make a reservation before you go. It's crowded on weekends!!! With a good mix of locals and tourist.

    You may ask your hotel to make a reservation for you. Usually they will have the number.

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    Cabbages and Condoms: Unique Authentic Thai Restaurant

    by daryll Written Jun 29, 2006

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    What doggy condoms restaurant?

    But..wow, thats my first impresion entering Cabbages and Condoms. Cool and cosy ambience.
    You can dine al fresco or air- con if you need to.

    I chose al fresco - with lots of hanging light hanging, under banyan tree, fan water cooler breeze.

    Well. Its all about creating safe sex awareness. Its pretty good idea, its started since back those days, Bangkok well known for sex trade, and the message is to get to local and 'farang' while enjoying authentic thai food.

    Favorite Dish: talking about the restaurant dishes...Absoulutely Fabolicious!!!!

    what to order?

    1st. Pork and Crab small cone
    - is like dim sum, mini cone, filled with mince pork and crab with fish sauce, top with sweetcorn.
    COST : 120 BAHT

    2nd. Pork Thai Satay
    - Succulent Pork satay, lemon grass and kafir lime leave goes up to your nose...delicious. served with thai green curry paste.
    COST : 120 BAHT

    3rd. Thai Fish Cake
    - Huge portion of fish cake 'hamburger size', eaten with special thai sauce.
    COST : 180 BAHT

    4th. Famous 'Larp Moo'
    - Pork salad, lots of coriander, garlic, onions, ginger ,rocket salad, roasted rice, fish sauce and bird eyes chillies. WOW...
    COST : 130 BAHT

    5th. Tom Yam Seafood (Big Bowl of Soup served 3)
    -Generous portion of prawns, cod fish, squid in tom yam soup. 'recommended for seafood lovers'
    COST : 220 BAHT

    JUST REMEMBER ONE THING: THAI FOOD USED LOTS OF CHILLIES 'BIRD EYES CHILLIES' VERY HOT ONE. EVEN MYSELF CANT TAKE IT.

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    Cabbages & Condoms: The chicken is not rubbery!

    by johnaalex Updated May 10, 2005

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    Cabbages & Condoms

    They have recently remodeled the main eating area to accommodate more people on two floors and the open air "garden" eating area has been cleaned up. I prefer the air conditioned comfort inside.

    The restaurant is decorated with various posters about condoms around the world and there is a gift shop where you can buy condoms and condom based novelties. Please note there is nothing seedy about the place, but if you want to avoid any awkward questions from children maybe you should avoid eating here.

    Favorite Dish: They usually serve red rice which is much tastier than the usual white variety (available on request). The Thai beef salad (Yam Nua) is one of my favourites. Remember Thai salads are spicy and this is no exception!

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    Cabbages and Condoms: Stylish Restaurant, Great Lights, Amusing Condom

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 21, 2006

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    Bathers made from condoms, will it stand the surf?
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    We visited this restaurant in the evening and were pleasantly surprised to find it a high class restaurant set in gardens with alfresco seating and an upstairs inside eating verandah area which overlooked the garden. We were lucky we reserved the upstairs undercover area for our group of 18 as there was a 10 minute rain shower.
    The restaurant offered a wide selection of local and international meals,everyone enjoyed their meal and prices were reasonable. They also had 2 wines on special, both were good Australian wines at very reasonable prices, approx AU$5 per large glass.
    The restaurant is famous for its condom theme, which is displayed at the restaurant entrance, there are many quaint displays incorporating condoms as the main theme. The restaurant profits go to improving the health of the underprivledged and this has existed for the last 20 years. There is a shop on site where you can make purchases.
    This restaurant is well worth a visit and there is nothing vulgar on display.

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    Cabbages and Condoms: New Zealand Lamb in a Sweet Curry Sauce, potato

    by maclean Updated Oct 20, 2005

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    Brilliant - But then again I am Scottish

    The Cabbages and Codomns Restaurant is a large complex based on two floors including outdoor sitting on the ground floor. The theme for the Restaurant is food and condoms you will see quite a few 'tartan' looking 'mock' condoms dotted around the restaurant - very tastefully decorated. The restaurant has a lot of fans around and some of them including a misting function to keep the temperature cooler and a little more moist.
    The food was of an excellent standard both the Thai and the Non Thai - We took along a Thai friend, who later boasted about the restaurant all the time (although on this visit I had non Thai)
    The place is very clean, the staff are very helpfull and the food is really good.

    On one of the evenings that I was there - there was a lovely Music and Arts student playing traditional Thai music - a GREEEEEEEAT touch - she was very good

    Throw some of your change into one of the many wishing wells and make a wish - if that doesn't come true, at least you would have helped out on of the local charities supported by the restaurant.

    (The restaurant was originally founded by the Minister of Family Planning / Health - in order to promote safe sex - Hence Cabbages & Condoms)

    Favorite Dish: I must confess - I was there and for all my good intentions of eating Thai - I read New Zealand Lamb in a Sweet Curry with potato and I am so glad that I did, it was great. The meat fell apart and it was just perfect - have to go back and try the Thai food :(

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    Cabbages and Condoms: Eat and save the Planet

    by stappm Updated Mar 29, 2006

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    Cabbages and Condoms, Bangkok - a great resturants geared toward the tourists. Good food, pretty atmosphere, great outside seating, under twinkle lights in the trees and next to a beautiful Wall O' Fountain. The theme behind this resturant is all the proceeds go toward AIDS education/prevention/treatment in this city so dependent on the sex trade. FYI, prostitution is prevelant in Thaland and an honest days labor. Which, for me was a little hard to take, not because of the women but the western men there to partake. However with the lack of opportunity, especially for women, in Thailand its a good living.

    Favorite Dish: Pad Thai (I know not very daring, but excellent!)

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    Cabbages and Condoms: You get condoms with the bill

    by trisanna Written Apr 20, 2005

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    condoms given out with the bill

    This should be a stop on all visitors to Bangkok. This restaurant was set up by a revolutionary Thai person. He decided to give out condoms to anyone to help cut down the spread of the AIDS virus. He will hang out on Bangkok's busiest roads and hand out condoms to passersby. Proceeds from the restaurant and hotel (pattaya) go to environment, education and aids charities.

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    Cabbages and Condoms: Food and Family Planning

    by pmarshuk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The only restauarnt I've been to where you are given a condom with your bill. Profits from the restaurant go to the Population and Community Development Association which aims at educating people in the benfits of safe sex and birth control.
    The food here was very good on my first visit and at a reasonable price(can't remember exactly how much) and the service impeccable. No rubbery taste to any of the food unless you think the condom is an after dinner mint.
    On my second visit I thought the food was a bit boring - definitely nothing special. However the general atmosphere was still very nice
    You have a choice of either sitting outside in the gardens or inside. However beware of sitting too close to the ornamental ponds and fountains as in the evenings they attract some biting insects. I found the best place to sit was upstairs, which is undercover in case it rains and if you have a seat around the edge you get a nice view of the diners below.

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    Cabbages and Condoms: Unusual, but good

    by gaolei Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    The name gets your attention right away. I did not know what to expect. I was not disappointed. The restaurant supports population control projects in villages, hence the condoms. The first thing you see when you enter is the condom blossom tree, and Santa condom, And the other art works based on condoms. You also see a beautiful garden restaurant.

    When you check out, they deliver the receipt along with a brochure and two brightly colored condoms. Best of all, the brochure claims that their food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy.

    Favorite Dish: I had the softshell crab in the thai style. Everything here was good, and the spice level was not too hot.

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    Cabbages and Condoms: Awesome place with great food & atmosphere

    by Vita500 Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    This place is awesome!

    The restaurant is very picturesque indeed. Life-sized manikins dressed in robes made out of condoms, lamps covered in condoms, articles about aids-prevention... the theme is obvious and the interior designers definitely weren't one of the old school...

    You have two floors, the second being a balcony-style lounge overlooking the first floor garden. It feels like sitting open-air but in fact you're not. Just the sides are open to catch a small glimpse of the sky outside (for air-con-lovers, they also offer indoor seating). Numerous fans and plants are creating a very comfy and cosy atmosphere... perfect for a romantic dinner for two, casual gathering with friends or even business luncheon.

    It's also the only restaurant I know where you are given condoms instead of mints with the bill. Their motto: "Sorry, we don't have mints. Please take a condom instead"! ;-)

    The menu is rather versatile with various appetizers, soups and main dishes as well as a nice selection of yummy desserts. From Thai curry to sweet-and-sour pork, every taste is catered for...

    Personally, I loved the fresh juices. During my dinner, I had two 'young coconut' juices served in the shell... so tasty.

    The prices are very moderate indeed. About average for Bangkok I'd say. For three juices, one big appetizer, two main dishes and two desserts, we paid around 900 Baht including tax and service charge.

    For me, Cabbages & Condoms is a must-go place for lunch or dinner or both...

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    Cabbages and Condoms: You'd never see this in Texas

    by Mattison Written Aug 1, 2004

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    Joey seeing what came with the bill

    This restaurant was built to promote family planning and AIDS prevention. They are very open about the theme of their restaurant and their food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy. When the bill comes, instead of giving you mints they give you condoms. What Fun?? The atomsphere is very relaxed, we ate dinner outside with fountains, fans and lots of tropical plants. The service was great and the prices reasonable. They also have a give shop with Thai handicrafts and Cabbages and Condom T-shirts.

    Favorite Dish: Any of the Thai food, we also had banana splits and mangos with sticky rice for dessert, which were heavenly. The mangos are seasonal, I think between March and July.

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    Cabbages and Condoms: Condoms with Every Meal

    by Rodan44 Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    Justin with after-meal condoms

    Despite the silly name, Cabbages and Condoms has a very serious mission. Started in 1974, this chain of restaurants and beach resorts are run by PDA, Population and Community Development Association, Thailand's largest non-governmental organisation. The aim is to help bring financial aid and public awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that Thailand is currently struggling to contain. Still, the restaurants maintain a fun and relaxed atmosphere, with moderately priced food, a gift shop, and free condoms in place of mints at the end of the meal. This method of injecting some playful humor into a serious cause has proved quite effective, and the chain has been wildly successful.

    Favorite Dish: My wife and I visited the original restaurant off Sukhimvit Road in Bangkok for lunch. Though fairly empty at the time, they still served up some pretty decent Thai food. All the standard favorites are there. They probably had western food as well, but that didn't interest me. Though more expensive than most Thai restaurants, we were happy that the money went to a good cause.

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    Cabbages & Condoms Restaurant: Fab Thai Food in Interesting Setting

    by saracen Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Great Thai restaurant with some excellent regional cooking.

    Restaurant is set in a nice, secluded garden with lots of lights in the trees and waterfall effects. There is also an air conditioned indoor area if the heat is too much for you.

    The staff are polite and friendly, if a little reserved. The food is plentiful, beuatufully presented, and tastes great.

    The best bit is that the restuarant profits help provide sexual health initiatives and education in the developing world.

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    Cabbages and Condoms: Great food

    by Khairiah Written Jun 12, 2007

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    The food is so so good. I had the seafood tom yam, pandan leaves chicken, spicy fish, crab meat fried rice and green curry chicken. They were all good. And Im not exaggerating. All for 1600 Baht, that's about 70 singapore dollars for 3 people, which I thought was pretty affordable. The place is really nice with a great ambience. Lights all around, waterfall. It advocates safe sex so you get picures of condoms and remidners to have safe sex everywhere. The servcie was immaculate, makes you feel really welcomed.

    Favorite Dish: If you go, you must get the green curry chicken with the crab meat fried rice. The rice is aromatic and the chicken is so full of flavour. Yum.

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