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Aphrodisiac foods you can indulge in this Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day just a week away, what better time than now to stock your kitchen with foods that have aphrodisiac properties. The GUIDE decided to heat things up in advance with this list of dishes all packed with the goodness of five foods considered to be aphrodisiacs. From popular favourites like chocolates and bananas to not-so-famous mentions including garlic and asparagus, here’s to indulging in some love-laced goodies at the table!

Banana

Banofee Tart
This consists of a sweet tart base with toffee sauce, fresh banana slices and whipped cream, garnished with cocoa powder.
At The Pantry, B Bharucha Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort.
Cost Rs 125

Banana

Banana Strawberry Melt
Shaped in the form of a cigar, it is stuffed with crushed banana and strawberry puree. It is crunchy on the outside and oozes with flavour and fruits on the inside and hence has been called a melt.
At Auriga, Famous Studio Lane, Mahalaxmi.
Cost Rs 240

Banana Smoothie
This is a mix of banana, yoghurt and milk, garnished with walnuts.
At Silver Beach Cafe, Gandhi Gram Road, Juhu.
Cost Rs 180

Salmon

Salmon Carpaccio
This is sliced salmon with wonton crisps, pickled ginger, wasabi, herbs and sesame oil.
At Aoi, St John Baptist Road, Bandra (W).
Cost Rs 500

Salmon

Salmon Sushi
This is basically Salmon Nigiri, which is a piece of raw salmon layered on top of a small roll of rice.
At Nom Nom, Juhu-Versova Link Road, Andheri (W).
Cost Rs 495

Tandoor Spice Marinated Pink Salmon Steak
The Tandoor Spice marinated and baked pink salmon steak is topped with caramalised shallots to give it a sweet contrast and is served with asparagus that is tossed with olive oil and cumin.
At Waterstones Bar + Grill, Waterstones Hotel and Club, Andheri (E).
Cost Rs 1050

Chocolate

Chocolate Pizza
A thin crust pizza topped with bananas, marshmallows, dark chocolate chips, caramelised hazelnuts, praline and chocolate fudge sauce. What’s not to like about this one?
At Choko la, Shop no G10, Link Corner Mall, off Linking Road, Bandra (W).
Cost Rs 360

Chocolate

Chocolate Mole
The mole is a Mexican dish that comprises a sauce made of dryfruits, nuts and chilli. Sanchos’ version of mole has more than 20 ingredients in it that includes chocolate too!
At Sanchos, Bandra and Colaba.
Cost Rs 845 (veg) and Rs 945 (non-veg), plus taxes

Chocolate Mojito
Try your favourite drink, mojito, with a chocolate twist this Valentine’s Day.
At Tilt All Day, Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel.
Cost Rs 550

Asparagus

Mesclun Greens Salad
This green salad mixes asparagus, cherry tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms and marinated olives in a mayo dressing.
At Le Cafe, Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar (W).
Cost Rs 190

Asparagus

Grilled Chicken with Pepper Sauce
Chicken grilled to perfection and served with pepper sauce, herbed rice, asparagus, sauteed veggies and mashed potatoes.
At The Big Bang Bar and Cafe, Bandra (W).
Cost Rs 330

Corn Peal with Asparagus Soup
It’s a thick corn soup with American corn, tender asparagus and a dash of chilli.
At All Stir Fry, Apollo Bunder, Colaba.
Cost Rs 150

Garlic

Garlic Tart
Start your meal with Goat’s Cheese and Caramelised Garlic Tart. This puff-based dish has a stuffing of caramelised garlic with a dollop of goat’s cheese.
At Cheval, Kala Ghoda.
Cost Rs 275 + taxes

Garlic

Garlic Cream Fettuccini
This one’s for those who really love garlic — a roasted garlic Parmesan cream sauce with parsley. It’s available either in wok vegetable, chicken or shrimp.
At California Pizza Kitchen, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.
Cost Rs 420 onwards

Garlic Cream with Pita
If garlic as a main ingredient is too much for you, try the Spiced Shrimp BLT that comes with with chive garlic cream in pita.
At Nico Bombay, 105 Apollo Street, Bombay Samachar Marg, Kala Ghoda.
Cost Rs 395

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