Despite the industry’s best efforts, condoms aren’t usually considered to be especially appetising. Even though discerning shoppers can get their hands on prophylactics flavoured with everything from strawberry to bacon, everything ultimately leaves you feeling as though you’ve been masticating on a balloon.
If you really want to combine condoms with eating out, literally flavouring your protection might not be your best bet. Alternatively, you could consider accompanying a proper meal with a side serving of Durex. As it turns out, there is a restaurant where you can do just that.
Frequently occupying the top spot on compilations of the “world’s weirdest restaurants”, “Cabbages and Condoms” is certainly a unique dining destination. A Thai restaurant group with branches both in Asia and the United Kingdom, the unusual name is living proof that what might sound unappetising on paper can still be effective branding for a food business.
The restaurant itself has achieved notoriety for its policy of providing condoms to its customers after every meal.
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According to the extremely informative Cabbages and Condoms website:
“The origin of the name Cabbages & Condoms derives from the concept coined by our Chairman Mr. Mechai Viravaidya who said ‘you can go to any shop around Thailand and you will always find cabbages... condoms should be like cabbages which are ubiquitous and accessible to everyone.’ And so the name Cabbages & Condoms (C&C) was conceived.”
Even though it might cause titters among immature restaurant-goers, it’s clear that the message behind Cabbages and Condoms is a serious one. By providing free condoms at the end of every meal, the business is helping to promote sexual health and raise awareness of key issues like corruption and sustainability.
In fact, so effective has the group’s approach been that “Mechai” is now slang for condom in Thailand and the British branches now receive support from the NHS. Satay with a side order of latex might sound strange, but the continued success of the group just goes to show what can be achieved with a dream and an unlimited supply of condoms.