What to order on a first date ???

Posted on: June 20, 2009

What to order on a first date is the perennial question because the answer will never be black and white. There’s a gray area that involves questions you need to ask yourself. The more you can anticipate beforehand means a better (more relaxed) you and most likely will result in a second date.

The Bomb: Sushi First, only suggest sushi if you’ve got skills with the chopsticks (though in Japan they pick up maki with their fingers, we think it’s best to stick with the sticks). And while it’s customary to eat sushi in one bite (so as not to offend the chef), you don’t want to offend your date, either. That’s why you order small things like sashimi or make sure you avoid places that serve a pound of tuna on top to rice and call it nigiri. When ordering, unless you’ve got a firm grasp of the language, stick with the English translation; and when in doubt, keep the sake flowing—can you say Sake Bomb?

Italian: Trattorias Italian food is the safest call, cuisine-wise. That being said, if you do go that route, stay away from long noodles—or anything that’s messy and risks slurping is a no-go. So even if spaghetti and meatballs or linguine and clams are your favorite, and you’ve got the noodle-in-the-spoon technique down, stick with short, bite-sized pasta—think penne, rigatoni or ravioli. What’s uncomfortable now, might be seen as some sort of boyish charm later, but now’s not the time to define that. You’re not at Nonna’s anymore.

Good Things Come in Small Packages: Tapas Food is generally served in odd numbers, so the question becomes: what to do with that third bite? The benefit of small plates is that it’ll bring you together by making you share and collaborate. And while her willingness to give you the last skewer might not necessarily be an exact precursor to what she’s like in a relationship, it’s all you’ve got for now. As for you: Offer her that last skewer, insist on it even, and show her what a truly caring guy you are. You can always go crush a burrito after you drop her off.

To the Stars: Fine Dining Usually you save the five-star spot for when things are more serious, or you know she’s tough to please (but remember this sets the bar high). Make sure this is a restaurant you’ve already been to. The question becomes: do you order the tasting menu or do you suggest options and try to show your understanding of how to pair food and wine. Generally, you’re focused on her, so lean heavily on the server. If she’s a free spirit, then go with the tasting menu, if not you’ll need to do some research beforehand—call in advance, and be willing to drop as much as rent on the dinner and, maybe, the meal comes with a happy ending.

Just a Bite: Casual Eats Don’t take her to a run-of-the-mill joint, find something in your neighborhood or hers, and it should be the go-to spot for pizza, the must-visit for a burger and the best-of-the-best for a burrito. Pick a place that serves quality drinks to take the edge off—maybe it’s tequila shots then a burrito. The food isn’t the main concern here. It’s the atmosphere. Show her you that whether you’re at a taquería or a Michelin-starred restaurant, your game is tight.

Our Final Opinion Order something that is easy, on the pocket, to eat, which enables a smooth conversation and which you have already tried. Happy Dating & a happy weekend – Team Meanublob

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