First dates are always special as well as jittery. Whether you plucked up the courage to ask that gorgeous stranger out in the street or whether you found your perfect match on a dating site, there comes a time when you finally go on that first date. From deciding on the best thing to wear to remembering how to carry yourself in the best possible way, you have to make sure that you leave an amazing impact on your date.
On your first date it’s important that you choose a perfect romantic restaurant with great conversation fillers, but the most complicated of them all is working out what to eat. Though there are so many options available out there, you have to choose a dish which does not create a mess. Because who wants to look all mussy during their first date?
Other than that, you also have to make sure that the food feels light on the stomach without causing unnecessary bloating and uneasiness. Chances are, if the date goes well then it may lead to dancing away the night with your soulmate and it’ll be no fun a full stomach.
To make it easier for you, we have penned down our 11 awesome suggestions for which food you should eat on your first date.
Though some people may not like the idea of ordering a pasta, it can work out if you’re ordering varieties like ziti or penne. You simply have to pierce the fork onto the pasta and eat it avoiding any possible stains; usually the result of spaghetti which seems destined on getting sauce all over your new clothes and face.
If you want to eat noodles instead, refrain from the ones which are loaded with red sauce. Rather go for cream based noodles which will help you prevent stains and allow to you to relax.
Red meat can make you feel stuffy and eating fish can be a little smelly. So, chicken is the best possible option for you. Order any simple chicken dish from the restaurant menu with a very light sauce and you’ll certainly have no food troubles.
A really great chicken dish that you could opt for is chicken parmigiana which would go together perfectly with a glass of red wine.
This Mexican treat is different from other treats which are non messy and does not can cause embarrassment in public. It is tightly packed, clean and is available at every Mexican restaurant.
It feels very light on the stomach and you can easily get it customised according to the ingredients you prefer. It doesn’t have beans which can lead to clumsy moments in your date later.
This tasty Italian dish is a great option for an first date. It’ll show your date that you’re the type of person that knows what you want and it’s light colour will help you avoid any mishaps.
Enjoy with meat or fish and even just a veggie option if that’s your thing!
Oysters are one of the best possible food options when it comes to a first date. They help to minimise inflammation and have a very low calorie content. You won’t feel swelled up even after you’ve eaten a few of them. They are very easy to eat and won’t cause to much untidiness; even if those first date nerves make you a little clumsy.
Oysters also contain a large amount of zinc, which facilitates the production of testerone in both men and women; making one of several foods which improve your libido. Not only are they packed with nutrition, but they’ll also give your first date a bit of sparkle!
If you don’t want to consume a wholesome diet, you can simply enjoy oysters as a snack with a couple of drinks. It hardly takes any time to assemble and thus you don’t have to sit waiting ages for the food to be served.
Simple and succulent, steak is an easy choice because it won’t splash all over your clothes and won’t leave any unpleasant aromas.
A sirloin steak will most likely give you that comfortably full feeling. Avoid a thick piece of fillet steak which may just leave you feeling overwhelmed in front of your date.
Sushi is very neat, beautiful as well as effortless to eat. If you know how to handle the chopsticks well, sushi can be a great treat for you and your date. Chopsticks can also be a bit of an icebreaker too, especially if you both can’t use them; potentially creating a bit of a funny moment for you both. It won’t cause any mess if you’re well aware of your hand movements. If you’re still unsure about the bloating, you can pick up a light sauce to go with it.
There is a good amount of ginger in sushi dishes which is extremely beneficial in digestion and can also help to soothe your stomach if you undergo first date excitement.
There’s tons of sushi dishes to choose from. You can find one even if you’re a vegetarian.
If your first date happens to land on a Sunday then a Sunday roast may just be the ticket.
You can usually choose between 3 or 4 different meats at a carvery and there’s plenty of tasty vegetables to go on the side. I actually did this for my first date and it really went down a treat – just try not to pile the plate to high as you won’t be able to move afterwards.
And of course, other than all those mentioned above, you certainly cannot miss out on some amazing and toothsome desserts. Indulge in desserts like hot chocolate, mousse, chocolate covered strawberries or just a simple ice cream. They are delicious, prolific and easy to eat.
You can share some amazing conversations over a dessert. Take some chocolate gelato with you if you’re taking a walk or sitting with your potential future love. And oh! these sweet treats can make your first kiss all the more special. Even better, if the two of you love desserts!
Avoid smelly and keep it light
In the end, always remember that it’s all about spending quality time with your date. Always choose a place and dish according to their interest because you don’t want to disappoint your date, right? Avoid eating foods which are smelly and with sauces that will still, but if you still can’t refrain from them, don’t forget to pop in some mint after your meal and wear something that isn’t all white!
We hope you’ve found something you like amongst our best foods to eat on a first date. If you know a friend who is going on one of their own, don’t forget to share this with them to help the make the right impression!
FoodBlogs UK would like to say a big thank you to Sara for working with us on this awesome guest post. She is a working mom who is passionate about travelling and cooking. You can find her at Find Rare Whisky where she does most of her writing.