This restaurant is run by Thailand's Population and Community Development Association, whose founder, former Thai senator Mechai Viravaidya, believes ... More
Cabbages and Condoms
This restaurant is run by Thailand's Population and Community Development Association, whose founder, former Thai senator Mechai Viravaidya, believes "birth control should be as cheap as vegetables"—hence the restaurant's name! There is plenty of room, inside and outside in the garden, which is nice if the weather permits. An extensive variety of cocktails and other drinks is available at the "Vasectomy Bar," and the service is friendly and efficient. This is a great choice for good quality Thai food, albeit in slightly surreal surroundings (especially the walls covered with condoms from across the globe!).
Good food, modest prices, friendly service in a delightful garden setting(inside dining is available).A new kind of rice is being pioneered here it is quite brown somewhat nutty in flavour and is being promoted as a premium product in the hope of providing good returns for farmers.Indulge yourself but feel good about supportinga good cause.
This restaurant was so highly recommended that me and my wife decided to try it.
Here's what we found out - The chicken in the salad was so overcooked. The salad has no taste that it is probably better just to eat the vegetables raw. The deep fried chicken wrapped in pandan leave is not flavourful (my neighbourhood yong tau foo stall's cheicken similarly done is 100 Xs better and cheaper too), probably not marinated long enough. The green curry and the tom yum goong have too much coconut milk in them, so much that it's so overpowering. Too much coconut milk is not healthy and definitely not tasty. And the prices are not cheap too.
The consolation was the coconut drink (pretty good).
Having lived in Bangkok for now over 34 years, i always used to take visitors to C & C as it was a good setting, close to home and better than average Thai food.
I only eat Thai food out at night when the cook has a night off, and when visitors are in town. I never take guests to Baan Khanita or any other "authentic" restaurant because 1) my cook is better than anyone in town and 2)I would rather pay the money and go eat French at Le Bouchon
Well i will probably never go back after my last experience.
We ordered spring rolls, somtam and sticky rice, chicken satays and morning glory as we weren't feeling too hungry.
Well, the spring rolls were far too deep fried and all you could taste was the old oil. The somtam was soggy, not crisp and rather brown, with not much flavour. The sticky rice was dried out and the chicken satays were rubbery and cold. The morning glory was nice though.
I was so disappointed. I realise that is an ultimate tourist attraction, with the condoms instead of mints etc... but a restaurant should be known for it's good food and consistency.
So if you are tourists reading this and want to get some really good Thai food, go one soi down to soi 14 to Suda, you will not be disappointed.
We�ve been there in May 2006, while we staied in Bangkok for 4 Days. All of liked the nice ambiente there. Its like a garden with big trees in the middle of the city. Of course it was not realy cheap, but the food they served was delicious! Also they serve great cocktails!
We visited this restaurant for the novelty value (best name for a restaurant ever!) but were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, the excellent value for money, great service and the lovely setting. If you're in Bangkok you shouldn't miss it.
Cabbages and Condoms stimmulated my eyes, taste buds and mind. The setting : ambient with soft tradditional thai music played live by an art student in the "background". Surrounded by trees - including a "fruit salad tree"! and condom displays in every form and "fashion"!
The service was up with the best in my 15 trips to Thailand - friendly, fast and informing. ...and then the cusine - be daring - move away from the fried rice and pad thai and try the betel nut entree, fried catfish...it's all delicious and the cocktails are equally as scrumtious.
The Thai's love it, I love it and I think you will too - YUM!!!
The very worthy cause behind the name is what gives the thumbs up for another visit. You will enjoy the laughs and giggles about the name and the variety of condoms and related gifts (also in the restaurant shop). Be prepared for many questions by your kids, but it is better that they will learn about the �birds and the bees� from you in an environment that can have positive morals. The setup is wonderful. If it is not too hot you can chose the romantic garden outdoor seating. The only comment is that the food quality dropped significantly. Perhaps the past chef left. This is not the top local food in town, not even close to it. We hope that the owner will pay attention and will consider upgrading the menu and the find a better local chef.
What a wonderful surprise when we arrived. It is off the beaten path but worth the trip. The tiny lights add an ambiance that is so romantic and the outdoor seating adds even more. My husband and I ordered from the set menu so that we could experience all types of food. The Tom Khar and Tom Yum soups were the best we have had in Bangkok. Spicy and tasty. The chicken wrapped in leaves is wonderful and the fried sea bass was too. The service was excellent and empty dishes disappeared as soon as we finished them. There was music to tie everything together. The most wonderful and romantic evening we have had in Bangkok. This is a MUST EAT place for everyone visiting there.