Spark off your romance this Valentine’s Day, not with just celebrating at a luxurious restaurant or bar, but instead indulging in aphrodisiac food. Stories of aphrodisiac foods, date back thousands of years, as, after all, they are named after Aphrodite - the Greek Goddess of love. The most famous aphrodisiac foods are Oysters which are high in zinc and strawberries which are packed with vitamin C. Asparagus, Chocolate, Pomegranate and Salmon are also aphrodisiacs. Enjoy salmon with asparagus or strawberries with dark chocolate – dishes made using these, as ingredients. So, head to the restaurants in Mumbai that offer such dishes, as part of special, well-crafted menus.
Sauteed Asparagus, Snow Peas, Spicy Chopped Chilli Sauce at KOKO, Lower Parel, South Mumbai
This fiery and flavourful dish is Pan Asian cuisine, with ample crunch and aesthetically presented, will tease your taste buds and uplift your mood instantly.
Sassy Strawberry and Chocolate Tart at The Sassy Spoon, Powai, Central Mumbai
This potent combination in a dessert, as the grand finale to your evening, is perfect for your Valentine’s Day celebrations. The tender coconut ice cream served alongside, enhances the experience. \
Oyster Sixers at Ministry of Crab, Khar, Western Suburbs
Made in a Japanese style and served with lots of butter, and of course, soy sauce-this makes for a finger-licking starter to whet your appetite. The perfect way to start off your evening.
Roast by Coast Salad at Ministry Of Salads, Breach Candy, South Mumbai
A refreshing salad with sea salt roasted dry figs, walnuts, green and a tangy pomegranate yogurt dressing. Being Cleopatra’s favourite food, figs were more precious than gold to the ancient Greeks for their romantic results. There can be nothing more enticing than this salad, both visually and for your taste buds, this Valentine’s Day.
Avocado on Toast at Fable, Andheri West
This creamy, melt-in-the-mouth topping on toast, made with avocados, is going to tantalise your taste buds in a jiffy. The goat cheese, hummus and pumpkin seeds, further add crunch and texture. Deeply satisfying, you are going to love this one.
So, be different this Valentine’s Day and relish myriad aromas, textures and flavours across aphrodisiac dishes.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.