Mumbai Food: 6 must-try dishes with aphrodisiacs for the perfect Valentine's Day
Add zing to life between the sheets with aphrodisiacs that sit inside these delicious eats
Crispy spicy tuna maki
If cheesy does it for you, try the heart-shaped crispy spicy tuna maki served as part of a four-course set menu for the day.
Time 12 pm to 1.30 am
At: Shiro, Worli.
Cost: Rs 2,500 per couple
Banana Nutella bread pudding
End a five-course menu on a sweet note with the potassium-high banana and Nutella pudding.
Time: 12 noon for lunch and 7 pm for dinner
At: All outlets of Farzi Cafe.
Cost: Rs 1,500 per person
If strawberries and cream are indulgent, try the strawberry soup from this set menu.
Time: 12 pm to 4.15 pm, and 6.30 pm to 1.30am.
At: Kode Oasis City, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.
Cost: Rs 3,999 per couple
Valentine's special spread
The restaurant offers a menu created using aphrodisiacs, which includes gold leaf lamb shanks, water-melon bombs and oysters.
Time: 7 pm onwards
At: Arth, Pinnacle House, 15th Road, Khar West.
Thandai sphere, milk saffron reduction
Try a rejigged version of the desi love potion of kesar milk.
Time: 7.30 pm onwards
At: Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Bandra East.
Cost: Rs 3,300 for veg and Rs 3,500 for non-veg dinner
A raspberry dark chocolate mousse, this comes with a lychee panna cotta centre and is served with a raspberry and lychee ripple ice cream.
Time: 12 pm to 1 am
At: Yauatcha, BKC.
Cost: Rs 450
How do aphrodisiacs work?
"They work in two different ways, the physical way and the emotional or psychological way. The physical pathway is when they increase certain hormones that help elicit desire. Zinc and argenine increase blood flow to the pelvic region, and work as viagra. Brazil nuts are high on zinc. Pumpkin seeds, peanuts, chicken, oysters, turkey, help increase argenine, which will increase nitric oxide, and that's how viagra works. Chocolate works more on a psychological level as they are high on tryptophan and theobromine which are associated with the feel good factor. If you are feeling good, you tend to feel attracted to someone. Limit alcohol to two drinks as it can work as a depressant too," explains Dr Vishakha Shivdasani, physician, nutrition and lifestyle ailments expert.
General well being improves your sex life. Food items that are high in potassium (potatoes, bananas and oats), also give a serotonin high says dietician and fitness expert, Sheela Tanna. "Food rich in antioxidants boosts your immunity and health in general. Nuts and fish are packed with Omega 3 acids and lower your cholesterol, give you an energy boast and up your serotonin or the feel-good hormone. Items that calm you down also help, such as yoghurt, buttermilk, kesar and turmeric milk. Limit your sugar intake," she adds.