Love Scene Snakehead

The Love Scene is a bit of a hidden restaurant that I came across on Soi 23 in Sukhumvit, a couple of nights ago. The shop front gives no indication of what lies behind it. There’s a menu and a fish tank with live shrimp in it, but no sign of anywhere to sit and eat. But if you walk down the narrow passage, you reach a nice dining area with tables, a bar and TV screens. Strictly speaking, it probably doesn’t qualify as street food, but the prices are close and the quality is great!

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Unassuming frontage of the Love Scene restaurant
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What could be down this narrow passageway?
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The hidden dining room

I was impressed by the menu. It has photos of the various options, along with descriptions in Thai and English. And it is quite a varied menu, with several items that attracted my interest. But there were a few dishes that featured Snakehead – an Asian predatory fish that has been kept in the aquarium hobby and achieved notoriety a few years ago when they infested US waterways. I’ve seen Snakeheads in aquariums but have never eaten one, so my meal was definitely going to be Snakehead. With several variations, I opted for one that comes in a red curry based soup/broth in a fish-shaped container.

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Snakehead served in a soup with veggies

The fish-shaped dish is set over a heating tray with a flame beneath to keep the soup/broth hot. When the dish arrives, the veggies are still raw, but they cook in the red-curry broth whilst at the table. The fish itself was delicious and the broth and veggies just added to the experience.

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What was left when I was finished with it

As you can see from the photo above, the place was almost empty when I visited. But I’m told that it gets very busy in the early hours of the morning, when patrons leave the nearby Soi Cowboy entertainment complex.

I was impressed by my Snakehead dish and will probably return to the Love Scene, to try some of their other dishes.

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