New Thai restaurant promotes safe sex

Second chef Namphet Small at the Cabbages & Condoms Thai restaurant in Bicester

Restaurant manager Charlie Watcharakun

First published in Bicester

A NEW Thai restaurant with a sexual health theme has opened in Bicester.

Cabbages and Condoms has opened in Chapel Street to raise money to promote sexual health in Thailand.

The restaurant – the first of its kind in the UK – is one of a chain of six restaurants in Thailand and all its profits go back to charitable causes in the country.

Wilas Techo, from Thailand, has been trying to tackle the issue of sexual health in his country since 1974 and is one of the men behind Cabbages and Condoms.

He said: “People are still embarrassed to talk about condoms. One of the challenges since I have been doing this has been to desensitise people about the issue. We have to make people understand that condoms are made from the same material as a lot of other things.

“Before we opened, some elderly women got angry with the fact that we had used the word ‘condom’ on the restaurant.

“At the beginning people in Thailand were shocked, but we want to change people’s attitudes.”

The name of the restaurant stems from the idea that people might buy condoms at the same time as something as mundane as cabbages.

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Restaurant manager Charlie Watcharakun said: “We have had good feedback.”

Although the chain’s restaurants in Thailand hand out condoms with the bill, the Bicester restaurant is taking a more restrained approach with a series of leaflets customers can take home instead.

Town mayor Dan Sames, who went to the restaurant’s grand opening, said: “I don’t have a problem with it. The restaurant supports a social enterprise company so it is all for a good cause. We shouldn’t be so prudish.”

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2:00pm Thu 8 Nov 12

EMBOX1 says...

I thought there was something up with my dinner. It tasted a bit rubbery...
I thought there was something up with my dinner. It tasted a bit rubbery... EMBOX1
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4:14pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Mick E says...

Look out for their new dessert serving sister restaurant 'Jelly & Jonnies'
Look out for their new dessert serving sister restaurant 'Jelly & Jonnies' Mick E
  • Score: 2

5:08pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

The food in the branch off Sukhumvit is 2/10 at the most and survives off the name, I hope the food is better in bicester.
The food in the branch off Sukhumvit is 2/10 at the most and survives off the name, I hope the food is better in bicester. Pavinder Msvarensy
  • Score: -58

7:19pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

The Thai Shires in Chippy is very good-and not downright bloomin' barmy like this lot
The Thai Shires in Chippy is very good-and not downright bloomin' barmy like this lot Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 1

9:19am Fri 9 Nov 12

Amy1234 says...

What an amazing idea. I LOVE this! Too many people are scared to talk about sex. Well done guys. I will definitely be spreading the word of your awesome place and getting everyone I know down there!
What an amazing idea. I LOVE this! Too many people are scared to talk about sex. Well done guys. I will definitely be spreading the word of your awesome place and getting everyone I know down there! Amy1234
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2:18pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

Amy1234 wrote:
What an amazing idea. I LOVE this! Too many people are scared to talk about sex. Well done guys. I will definitely be spreading the word of your awesome place and getting everyone I know down there!
Thank you Wilas Techo.May I say that I have no connection whatsoever to the Thai Shires? Indeed as an Englishman your name doesn't even look Siamese to me at all; I thought Siamese and Celanese names were fairly multisyllabic.
May I also say that talking about sex is incredibly boring and if anyone did it at any dinner party I held they'd get Syrup of Figs in their Black Forest Gateau or Sherry Trifle?
[quote][p][bold]Amy1234[/bold] wrote: What an amazing idea. I LOVE this! Too many people are scared to talk about sex. Well done guys. I will definitely be spreading the word of your awesome place and getting everyone I know down there![/p][/quote]Thank you Wilas Techo.May I say that I have no connection whatsoever to the Thai Shires? Indeed as an Englishman your name doesn't even look Siamese to me at all; I thought Siamese and Celanese names were fairly multisyllabic. May I also say that talking about sex is incredibly boring and if anyone did it at any dinner party I held they'd get Syrup of Figs in their Black Forest Gateau or Sherry Trifle? Lord Palmerstone
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4:49pm Fri 9 Nov 12

locodogz says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Amy1234 wrote:
What an amazing idea. I LOVE this! Too many people are scared to talk about sex. Well done guys. I will definitely be spreading the word of your awesome place and getting everyone I know down there!
Thank you Wilas Techo.May I say that I have no connection whatsoever to the Thai Shires? Indeed as an Englishman your name doesn't even look Siamese to me at all; I thought Siamese and Celanese names were fairly multisyllabic.
May I also say that talking about sex is incredibly boring and if anyone did it at any dinner party I held they'd get Syrup of Figs in their Black Forest Gateau or Sherry Trifle?
BFG? Sherry Trifle? Loving your 70s retro chic Lord P......
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Amy1234[/bold] wrote: What an amazing idea. I LOVE this! Too many people are scared to talk about sex. Well done guys. I will definitely be spreading the word of your awesome place and getting everyone I know down there![/p][/quote]Thank you Wilas Techo.May I say that I have no connection whatsoever to the Thai Shires? Indeed as an Englishman your name doesn't even look Siamese to me at all; I thought Siamese and Celanese names were fairly multisyllabic. May I also say that talking about sex is incredibly boring and if anyone did it at any dinner party I held they'd get Syrup of Figs in their Black Forest Gateau or Sherry Trifle?[/p][/quote]BFG? Sherry Trifle? Loving your 70s retro chic Lord P...... locodogz
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4:40am Sun 11 Nov 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

Is somebody upset that I mentioned the bad overpriced food at the branch on Soi 12? 50+ thumbs down, but no comments to explain why. Ah well I suppose it is easier to push a button, than to actually express oneself in our Queens English.
Is somebody upset that I mentioned the bad overpriced food at the branch on Soi 12? 50+ thumbs down, but no comments to explain why. Ah well I suppose it is easier to push a button, than to actually express oneself in our Queens English. Pavinder Msvarensy
  • Score: 0

8:21am Mon 12 Nov 12

King Joke says...

Pavinder Msvarensy wrote:
Is somebody upset that I mentioned the bad overpriced food at the branch on Soi 12? 50+ thumbs down, but no comments to explain why. Ah well I suppose it is easier to push a button, than to actually express oneself in our Queens English.
People who communicate in our 'Queens English' (sic) know when to use apostrophes.
[quote][p][bold]Pavinder Msvarensy[/bold] wrote: Is somebody upset that I mentioned the bad overpriced food at the branch on Soi 12? 50+ thumbs down, but no comments to explain why. Ah well I suppose it is easier to push a button, than to actually express oneself in our Queens English.[/p][/quote]People who communicate in our 'Queens English' (sic) know when to use apostrophes. King Joke
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4:39pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

An old laptop my friend ''''''' sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt.
An old laptop my friend ''''''' sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. Pavinder Msvarensy
  • Score: 0

4:40pm Mon 12 Nov 12

King Joke says...

I'll let you off then. There's probably a breadcrumb stuck under the ' key.
I'll let you off then. There's probably a breadcrumb stuck under the ' key. King Joke
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