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What to do...Dinner, Movie ??
In most cases, you can't go wrong with a romantic dinner. Although the cinema is a traditional choice, there is virtually no intimacy or romantic atmosphere as you are both having to concentrate on a film rather than on each other. Generally the idea of the first date is to get to know each other better and perhaps more intimately. There's no doubt about it, having dinner with someone is a pretty intimate experience and it may be daunting to have to sit in front of someone you don't really know for a couple of hours and eat in front of them whilst maintaining a smooth flowing conversation! The truth is it will nearly always be better than you imagined providing you follow some fairly basic rules.
GUYS (Physical Stuff)
What to eat
This is generally up to how comfortable you feel. So many dishes come
with garlic that it is almost impossible to avoid and it really isn't
a huge issue.
Paying the Bill
Always a difficult moment, but on a first date, always offer to pick up the bill...after all, you invited her out. She may well offer to contribute which is fine.
Some suggestions of romantic restaurants
All of these restaurants have a fantastically intimate atmosphere with subtle lighting. Budget on about £70-100 for a meal for 2 with a decent wine and aperitif
Gia - Fulham Road - 62 Fulham Road, London,
SW3 6HH (0207 584 2244)
Cafe Med - 184A Kensington Park Road LONDON,
W11 2ES Notting Hill (0207 221 1150)
Momos - 25 Heddon Street, Soho, London, W1B
4BH (0207 434 4040)
Asia de Cuba
OUT OF LONDON
La Capanna - 48 High St, Cobham Surrey, KT11
3EF (01932 860683)
la Pergola - Southampton Road Lyndhurst Hampshire
SO43 7BQ Tel: 023 8028 4184
ManRay - 34 rue Marbeuf 75008 Paris (01 56 88
Market - 15 avenue Matignon Paris (011 33 1
56 43 40 90)
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