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Red wine is a greater aphrodisiac than oysters

By Lia Sanders on 11/02/15 11:00 AM


Red wine is now seen as more romantic than oysters, but chocolate is still considered the sexiest food, according to a survey.

Red wine comes second on a list of top ten foods for putting you in the mood on Valentine’s Day, besting whipped cream, bananas and asparagus, says restaurant reservation website Bookatable (see below for the full list). Champagne, traditionally considered a drink of romance, is missing from the list.

Steak is most likely to impress on a date, although French food and fancy Michelin dining are also likely to wow your companion.

Although it turns out we might not be a nation of romantics – many of us are opting to eat out the day after Valentine’s Day, with a 180% year-on-year increase in the number of bookings made on the 15 February through the site.

72% of bookings made for the Valentine’s weekend are now made for the day after Valentine’s Day, compared to 23% of bookings for the 15 February in 2013.

Top 10 food aphrodisiacs on Valentine’s Day:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Red wine
  3. Oysters
  4. Whipped cream
  5. Asparagus
  6. Avocados
  7. Ice cream
  8. Hot chillies
  9. Salmon
  10. Bananas

The top five foods that most impress on a date:

  1. Steak
  2. French Cuisine
  3. Michelin
  4. Lobster
  5. Thai