Los imprescindibles en una cena romántica - Enrique Tomás

The essentials of a romantic dinner

Obviously, the essentials for a romantic dinner are those that are meaningful to you and your partner, and they cannot be missed to make it a special evening dedicated to the two of you.

Not everyone likes the same things, and our customs may vary, but we do have some common basics: the menu, the appropriate ambiance, and the decoration. Of course, you can add more elements, but those are to complement and make the gathering even more memorable if the occasion allows. Here are some ideas for you and to surprise your partner.

How to Arrange a Romantic Dinner?

The best romantic dinners are the ones planned as a surprise by one of the partners, catching the other off guard. The element of surprise is sometimes more important, more appreciated, and more effective than the content and form of the romantic dinner itself. In these cases, the gesture matters a lot. The location could be at home, a beach picnic, or in the countryside if the weather is suitable. It could also be on the balcony, in the kitchen, or in a place that holds special significance for both of you. Regardless of the setting, if the presentation is meticulous and thoughtful, you'll achieve all your objectives and have a very special and memorable evening to add to your collection of shared moments.

We're not saying that you shouldn't celebrate Valentine's Day or any other common romantic occasions like Saint George's Day, depending on your geographical region. What we suggest is to use the element of "unexpectedness" and your imagination to the fullest. Of course, it doesn't have to be a surprise, and preparing it together with your partner can enhance the romantic moment. Both of you can prepare it according to your tastes, sharing experiences right from the start. Whatever you decide will be just right.

Key Factors

The Menu

It should be light and sexy, leaving you satisfied but not overly full. Include a variety of foods, but keep them on the lighter side. The menu should obviously be based on your personal preferences and should also take into account the season in which the dinner is taking place. What you crave in the middle of summer is different from what you'd want in winter, and it also depends on the location. Being original is great, but consider each other's tastes, the moment, and the place. However, some foods or dishes and beverages are more inviting in a romantic setting.


Considered an aphrodisiac by experts. There's not much to do but ensure they are fresh and serve them with a slice of lemon.


It shouldn't be missing from a dinner like this. For such a special occasion, you can opt for a packet of sliced 100% Iberian acorn-fed ham. If that's not within your budget, a good quality Iberian ham or a premium reserve ham from Enrique Tomás will also be fantastic. Simply presented on a white plate, it will not only delight your taste buds but also add a vibrant red color to the visual decor. If you add some pineapple and/or figs, it will be the perfect way to start the meal.

What wine to pair with Iberian ham


Amuse-bouches, a French term, literally means "mouth amuser" or more figuratively, "the one that entertains the mouths." These are small but flavorful bites, even smaller than tapas. You can experiment with different pâtés in puff pastry or on thin bread, some cold cuts like sobrasada or lumpfish roe, caviar, smoked salmon, etc. These can also be various types of canapés; the key is that they are small and bursting with flavor.


You can use it to accompany strawberries or as part of another sweet dessert.

Vegetable Lasagna

If you have a bit more time, a light vegetable lasagna as a main course is delightful. You can prepare the filling the day before and then cook the pasta on the day of the dinner.

Caramelized Lamb Rack in the Oven

This dish includes honey, an ingredient known to stimulate our libido. It's a meat dish that can be served as a second course, accompanied by sautéed vegetables to your liking.

Oven-Baked Fish

If you opt for fish, choose one with few bones, or you can buy it already deboned and cut into fillets, such as sea bream or sea bass. Or even simpler, a fresh tuna steak grilled if you prefer oily fish. There are plenty of options; it depends on your tastes and desires.


Since you're celebrating love, it's best to do it with a toast, and what's better than with a glass of champagne or wine.

Ambiance and Decoration

The most important thing is that you're alone, if possible. Decorate the table and create the atmosphere you both love.


Play some discreet but pleasant background music.


In these cases, if you can adjust the lighting a bit and add some candles, it will create a more intimate atmosphere at your table and make your glasses and dinnerware stand out. Less is more; there's no need to overcrowd the space with hearts or teddy bears, unless they are essential for you and your partner.

Television and Mobile Phones

Of course, turn them off or put them on silent. Don't wait for shopping centers or social media to tell you when you can celebrate love with your partner. Be spontaneous, do it when they least expect it, when it's not expected. Show them that every day is an ideal day to let them know how much they mean to you.

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