A Man’s Handy Guide to First Date Dining

Couple Dining

Are you thinking of asking out a cute colleague or crush – or have you already done so and are now researching how to impress her on the night? First dates are your chance to make a big impression, and this can either be a good or a bad thing, depending on your etiquette and behaviour.

Of course, you are going to want to dress up to the nines, wear a spritz of fine cologne and make sure that you are looking your best for the occasion. However, if you are going on a dinner date, you may also want to pay attention to what you order to eat! Here are our tips on the best and worst foods you can order on a first date. Bon apetit – and remember to put away your online roulette  games and pay full attention to your date on the night!

The Worst Foods to Order

#1: Anything Packed with Onion or Garlic

Onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks are all delicious. Unfortunately, they are also notoriously pungent, and can leave your breath smelling harsh for hours after the meal. If you are planning to lean in for a kiss at the end of your date, steer clear of any dishes containing these ingredients. You can also keep some strong minty gum on hand just in case they make their way into your dinner anyhow.

#2: Messy Meals

Spaghetti bolognese or a rack of ribs are tempting choices indeed, but think twice. These foods are very messy to eat, and even the daintiest of diners could end up covered in sauce by the end of their main course if they order them!

#3: Greasy, Deep Fried Foods

Let’s face it, we all love deep fried delicacies on occasion. Unfortunately, if you order a deep fried platter with extra fries and a healthy dose of sauce, you are telling your date that you don’t value your health or well-being. If you do order something on the unhealthy side, be sure to pair it with a salad and avoid heavy, sweet sauces to balance it out.

The Best Foods to Order

#1: Platters for Sharing

Sharing a platter of tapas or seafood can be a romantic experience for all involved. Small bite-sized snacks are easy to eat and minimise mess, and digging in with your date is an awesome way to get to know them. Options like a cheese board, ceviche, skewers or tapas are excellent choices that appeal to even the pickiest eaters.

#2: Cultural Cuisine

If you want to look educated, worldly and open-minded on your date, try ordering a dish from a cuisine different to your usual fare. Try an Indian, Thai, Mexican or African restaurant, or simply go for a dish that you haven’t tried before. Now is the time to show off your adventurous side!

#3: Farm-to-Table Foods

Many restaurants buy their produce and ingredients directly from farmers these days. Chances are your date will be very impressed if you take them to a trendy farm-to-table eatery for a meal. The food will be unique and creative, and even better, you will be supporting local businesses as well.


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