The first date is stressful enough. Whether it’s deciding what to wear or making sure you don’t have a giant pimple wanting to join the party (been there), you have enough to worry about. The last thing you want to worry about is ruining dinner or feeling more uncomfortable than you already do.
PASTA OR SUSHI IN SMALL BITES
Pasta seems like something you shouldn’t order on a first date. But chances are you’ll end up in a restaurant that offers pasta. Smaller pastas such as penne and farfalle can be a great choice, as you can poke them with your fork and this good grip will help save your outfit from stains. If you opt for long noodles, avoid red sauces and order a cream or oil-based sauce in case you spill any. Don’t forget to take a mint after your meal if you order a garlic-rich dish. You can also try going to a Japanese restaurant to try sushi. Sushi is clean, beautiful and easy to eat. As long as you can master the chopsticks, sushi is a great option for a first date.
TAPAS OR CHICKEN
Going out for dinner on a first date is a long-term commitment and the process can feel very formal. Tapas is a good compromise, as you’re still eating together, but you can shorten or extend the date as you see fit. It’s also a great way to see if your date is the sharing type. Avoid anything too spicy if you know you’re sensitive to it, and use a knife and fork to dive into the messier options.
QUESADILLA OR OYSTER
Going out to eat a standard Mexican dish can be tricky. But fear not, because virtually every classic Mexican restaurant offers a quesadilla as an option. It’s compact and clean, yet totally customisable. Oysters are the ultimate first date dish. They’re low in calories and help reduce inflammation, so you won’t feel uncomfortably full after sampling a few. They come on their own little plate, which keeps the mess to a minimum. Oysters are a casual food that can be assembled in seconds, so you won’t be stuck waiting for the meal for too long. Instead, it’s a case of one you can enjoy over a drink, so it’s a good compromise if you don’t want to commit to a full dinner.