By: Emily Mason
So you want to impress your date; it’s simple enough to pick out an outfit, it’s a breeze deciding that you’re going to go out to eat, but when you sit down at that table and open the menu, you better know what you’re doing.
Choosing to eat at a seafood restaurant is a bit risky—unless you already know the best seafood to satisfy your taste buds while impressing your date.
1. Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp Scampi is a pasta dish with fettuccini noodles and a sauce of butter, garlic, olive oil, onions, and tarragon. The shrimp is sautéed in this mixture and poured over the pasta. A dash of shredded parmesan on top makes it an elegant and delicious dish, but just make sure to have a mint on hand after eating sauce with strong onion and garlic flavor.
Mofungo is traditionally a Puerto Rican dish, and it does not disappoint. Mashed green plantains are seasoned with a sparse amount of olive oil and garlic, which are then formed into a bowl which contains either seasoned shrimp, Caribbean lobster, or Octopus. You may even be able to find this dish containing all three!
3. Blue Point Oysters
It is very important that you specify that the oysters come from Blue Point. These oysters are much cleaner, thinner, saltier, and tastier than any other! Plus, if you know their specific origin, it just makes them seem all the more fancy.
4. Cedar Plank Salmon
This dish contains fresh Salmon (I prefer king salmon, which has more of a buttery texture), which is grilled on a cedar plank and topped with sauce. This dish somewhat varies from restaurant to restaurant, but it is very good with a bourbon glaze. However, the fish always soaks in the flavor of the plank to get that delectable cedar taste.
5. Criollo Octopus
This beautiful dish begins with the grilling of fresh Octopus. Drizzled on top is a vibrant criollo sauce composed of tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, sugar, salt, and sofrito (a Puerto Rican spice). It is very exotic dish that is sure to impress your date!