METRO ONLINE, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
COVERAGE FOR HELLO FRESH
Britain thinks curry is romantic for some reason
Britain is a nation of curry lovers. There’s no denying it -chicken tikka masala, saag aloo, or a bit of biryani have been the Saturday night takeaway of choices for years. But is it…romantic?
If you’ve tried a curry (where have you been if you haven’t?) then you know all too well that a sweaty forehead, mouth draped open, and a runny nose after a vindaloo is hardly a sexy look. But that’s not stopping people from indulging in a bit of the spicy stuff on date night.
Forget oysters and chocolate-covered strawberries – if you’re planning a night of passion with your other half, you’re better off cooking a curry, according to new research.
If only my classmates thought it was appealing when I went into school smelling like an (albeit tasty) chicken curry.
According to a poll of the nation’s couples, a spicy curry was one of the top three romantic dinners most likely to lead to a night of passion. A juicy steak and a roast dinner were also on the list for lovers. In fact, only one in 20 adults ever serve a traditional aphrodisiac of oysters for a romantic meal, but fish does remain a popular choice, with salmon (15%), seabass (12%) and scallops (11%) all common choices for a romantic evening.
And probably because it’s so easy to make, lasagne is also a popular staple for date night, with a risotto and beef bourguignon following closely behind. The poll of almost 2,000 adults by Hello Fresh revealed two-thirds of women still believe in the old adage that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – as opposed to 34% of men who think they can cook their way into the bedroom.
Four in ten of those polled said cooking their partner’s favourite meal is the best route to intimacy – with half claiming an Indian dish is the best way to get lucky. The general consensus was that being wined and dined at home is better than going out for dinner. Savvy lovers said it’s cheaper to cook at home and doing so avoids eating with ‘cringeworthy’ couples on Valentine’s Day.
Eating at home was not only an economical move for respondents, a quarter of tactile lovers said it was also easier to ‘move things upstairs’. It’s all starting to make sense now.
Britain’s best dinners
- Steak 35%
- Roast dinner 22%
- Curry 17%
- Salmon 15%
- Profiteroles 14%
- Lasagne 13%
- Seabass 12%
- Scallops 11%
- Cheese board 9%