The success of a date can often hang entirely on where you take your lady. Do you go for quiet and intimate or exciting and wild? Somewhere you can be adventurous or low-key where you can talk about your childhood pets?
Decisions, decisions. Well, we’re going to give you a helping hand and provide you with some Top 5 date ideas to inspire you all to have great dates, first or otherwise. We’ve always got our eye out for a cool place for a date but if you spot one you’d like to recommend, send it in to heya @ dattch.com
This week: spicy food
Red N’ Hot Szechuan – With dishes names like ‘Sliced Pig’s Intestine’ with two chili symbols next to it, you might need to muster your courage to try Red N’ Hot Szechuan by Leicester Square. Dishes top out at around £12 but you may end up spending more on medical supplies if you can’t handle the heat!
Bar Shu – You’ll need to brace yourself at Bar Shu if you dare to try dishes like ‘Boiled beef slices in an extremely spicy sauce’, where there are so many chilies in it you can see the seeds floating around in the sauce like little heat bombs. There’s a great variety of dishes but they’re a little pricier than your average chinatown joint; a tasty lamb rib dish will set you back around £30.
Gilgamesh – In one of the biggest and most stylist restaurants in London, Gilgamesh is serving up some seriously swanky grub. They bring the spice to your life with plates like ‘The Spicy Spider’ sushi rolls: crispy soft shell crab, avocado, shredded leaves, spicy mayonnaise and tobiko at £12. A seriously impressive date venue but book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Café Spice Namasté – This restaurant is the Ronseal of our list. You can’t argue with a place that has spice in it’s name and dishes called ‘Squid Dynamite’. An explanation of that particular dish includes warnings like, ‘Not recommended for the faint hearted who often have to leave their tables or drown the heat via other means.’ Only take a date who you are willing to cry and curl up in a ball in front.
Empress of Sichuan – For a takeaway option in London, try Empress of Sichuan. With spicy options like pork ribs with chilli and szechuan pepper coming in at £7 it’s a reasonable effort and, for those brave enough to attempt the three alarm plates, good luck to you.