When was the last time you hosted a romantic dinner date for your partner? Instead of going out of your way and finding a last-minute reservation at the most expensive restaurant in town, why not change things up and do something different. You can make both your taste buds and your partner happy without even leaving the house.
For those of us who don’t know the first thing about being a chef, it can be intimidating to plan a romantic dinner without knowing where to begin. Fortunately, there is always a solution to any problem that involves food. Have you ever thought about hiring a private chef? Well, maybe you should? But, before we get to that, let’s first learn some rules on how to plan a romantic dinner, as well as some food ideas for a romantic dinner date for two.
Romantic Dinner Party Rules You Should Know
- Not responding to an invitation until the last minute – this is considered rude to wait until the last minute to respond to an invitation.
- Showing up empty-handed – it’s courteous to show up at someone’s house with a gift.
- Showing up underdressed – it’s not appropriate to wear casual clothes for a romantic dinner.
- Placing your phone on the table – as a general rule, phones should be switched off and kept out of sight during a romantic dinner.
- Salting food before tasting it – when someone makes you food, you should assume that it’s well-salted, so taste it first.
- Failing to appreciate the host and evening – it’s important to show your appreciation to the host for planning the romantic evening.
Food Suggestions For Dinner
Below are some food suggestions for a romantic dinner for two at home.
1. Lobster Mac and Cheese
Lobster mac and cheese is the perfect combination of comfort food and luxury. Our creamy mac and cheese recipe is perfect for a romantic dinner dish between two people who enjoy each other’s company. We treat the lobster as the main event where you get the chance to explore something special together. A little brush of garlic butter over the lobster tails adds plenty of extra flavour to this dish.
2. Chicken Piccata
Chicken Piccata may sound like something you would typically order at a high-end restaurant, but you can easily make this dish at home. In fact, it’s so easy to make that our private chefs can have it on the table in less than an hour.
All you need is some thin chicken cutlets and a sauce made of a mixture of lemon juice, capers and white wine. The different flavours will mix perfectly with a simple salad or some roasted potatoes.
3. Sweat and Saucy Pork Chops
A little saucy, a little sweet: sounds like the perfect romantic dinner, right? Sweat and Saucy Pork Chops is one of our favourite dinner recipes for two. We add a pinch of sugar to help the pork chops caramelise and develop that golden-brown crust. We serve this with some breadsticks to help you get every bit of that tasty sauce.
4. Filet Mignon with Garlic Butter
Most people shy away from cooking steak at home, and this is for good reason. Cooking a perfect medium-rare Filet Mignon steak takes a considerable amount of time, effort and skill. But, this should not deter you from having a lovely evening with the love of your life, as you can easily have a private chef come over to cook for you and your loved one.
And, don’t forget the amazing garlic butter that comes with the perfectly served steak. It doesn’t get any better than this!
5. Cheese Fondue
There’s nothing more tantalising like gooey melted cheese coupled with some home-baked bread. But, you’ll need high-quality cheese for this recipe if you want this dish to turn out perfect. Cheese Fondue goes well with some cooked sausages, veggies, and, not to forget, a platter of breadsticks or bread cubes.
6. Onion Soup
This soup is definitely made in heaven. From the cheesy and crunchy bread to the tasty and caramelised onions, you will absolutely enjoy this as your main course as you dine with your significant other.
We highly recommended using beef stock for this dish. But, we can make it vegan-friendly by using vegetable stock instead.
7. Baked Salmon
Trust us, there’s nothing like placing a whole baked salmon on the dinner table. Everyone’s mouth opens, eyes widen, and cameras even fly out! Baked salmon is simply jaw-dropping when done right. And, that’s not even the best part.
This dish takes less than 20 minutes and only requires 5 to 6 ingredients. Our chefs bake the salmon in a tightly folded foil to lock in the flavour and moisture, leaving you with a juicy and tasty piece of fish.
8. Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Is it true that sweet potatoes go with everything? From hearty beef stew and juicy pork chops to roasted chicken, there’s nothing they do not go well with.
Whipped sweet potatoes are an instant delicacy, especially when paired with some tasty veggies.
9. Pasta with Shrimp in Tomato Cream
Italian food is not complete without an amazing pasta dish. Our pasta with shrimp in tomato cream is simply exquisite. Nobody will say no to this dish. Feta, pasta, and shrimp in a tangy, creamy tomato sauce? Yes, please!
10. Peanut Butter Cookies
The night has finally come to an end, and you are both pleasantly full of food and romance. However, there may be still some room left for some tasty peanut butter cookies. These cookies are simply magical. We believe they are the perfect way to wrap up you’re your romantic dinner at home.
A romantic dinner does not have to be in an expensive restaurant surrounded by other people. You can easily host an intimate and romantic dinner for just you and your partner at home with the help of a private chef. Private chefs offer customised catering services based on your specific needs and preferences.
Book a Private Chef for Your Romantic Dinner
At The Italian Table can provide professional chefs that are vastly experienced and knowledgeable in catering to private and romantic dinners. Our chefs work to bring the experience of luxury dining to the comfort of your home for you and your guest to enjoy. Hire one of our top-rated award-winning private chefs for one of the most romantic dinners for two imaginable.
Please call us today on 0467 488 310 or leave an inquiry and let us help you host your romantic dinner for two!