People can do crazy things in the name of love. Boys send flower, teddies and sweet texts to their girls and chauffeur them around (during the first three weeks of courtship anyway). Girls may already be working on the third draft of their itinerary of how they will celebrate Valentine's Day with their beaus (and also have encyclopaedia-sized scrapbooks filled with wedding ideas hidden somewhere in their closets).
The same, perhaps, can be said for Bangkokians and their love for food. People put on their O-faces when they take pictures of themselves seductively savouring Magnum ice creams. You waste 30 minutes you won't get back for the rest of your life to get in line for toast at After You. It has now become so contemptuous, like kidnapping puppies, when you dig into a dish without asking your friends if they want to take pictures of the food first.
On the other side of the dining table, however, some restaurants try to attract customers in other ways from quality of food to promotions to backgrounds for photo-ops and fancy gimmicks. But, at the end of the meal, it's what's on the plates that count the most when it comes to dining experience.
6-inch BBQ pork spareribs
Call us romantic but we say such plates can't be without a secret ingredient called love and pride that the chefs put in so that their creations are worthy of their patrons' love. This seems to be the case for Love Eat Bistro, who "cook with love" and "serve with pride". It recently opened on the lobby level of Vic3 Hotel Bangkok and there are some dishes worth falling for.
If you're a girly girl, the indoor area of Love Eat Bistro will be like love at first sight, thanks to its European feel in the spacious indoor area which can accommodate up to 100 people. If your name is preceded with "Mr", you may prefer chillaxing in the bar area outside which offers space for up to 30 people. And most importantly, whether your love for food lies in cookbooks from the west or east hemispheres, the menu of Love Eat Bistro have them all covered.
Love eat spicy Japanese curry (B235; prices subject to service charge) offers several goodies to swoon over. Carrot and potato melt in your mouth while aromatic curry offers minor heat. Sunny-side up egg isn't overcooked, readying to ooze lava of yolk. On the downside, smoked bacon could have made more impact, had it not been cut into itsy-bitsy bits.
Homemade southern style yellow crab curry (B450) hits home. It offers a lot of flavourful entanglements between spicy curry, soft sen mee and delicate crab meat. Its hefty price, however, is a big turn-off.
Also, 6-inch BBQ pork spareribs (B380) isn't short on flavour either. The tasty and succulent ribs are complemented by coleslaw and golden French fries. The meat comes off the bone effortlessly.
Love eat spicy Japanese curry
It's love upon first bite with Pasta with Italian pesto and prawn tempura (B260) - a lovechild between Italian and Japanese cookbooks. Pesto sauce isn't too thick and is just aromatic enough to tickle your nose bud. Adding texture to the al dente spaghetti is black and white sesame seeds. Prawn tempura offers crunchy batter and tender flesh inside. On the whole, the dish is a tad salty but still loveable.
Waffle tower (B225) should be a good choice for a group of friends who want to share some delicious guilt at the end of their meal (or a person who eats dessert as a main course). A stack of four waffles is served with ice cream drenched in strawberry sauce and maple syrup. Warm waffle contrasts with cold and creamy ice cream, producing hearty and sweet bites. Favourite desserts such as Chocolate lava, English scones, Tiramisu and Tokyo cheese cake are also on offer.
Love Eat Bistro also puts love and pride in their signature cocktails. One that girly drinkers should easily fall for is Love eat all around (B280). Served in an ice bucket, this fancy-looking drink offers similar sensation of strong but fruity sips. I could have loved it more, had the ice bucket and fancy ice cubes with fruits inside been ditched to get its price down by B100.
I came away quite in love with what Love Eat Bistro has to offer, which isn't an accident as the venue is brought to you by the same management of Tate Cafe in Suvarnabhumi Airport. Holders of KBank credit cards may love this place even more because they are entitled to 15 per cent discount on food until the end of April. However, as we all learn, love can sometimes take its toll on a person and this love for food will too on you, or more specifically, your wallet.G
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- Writer: Pornchai Sereemongkonpol
Position: Guru Reporter