Nothing says romance more than sharing a plate of food – just think of that scene in Lady and The Tramp, where the star-crossed lovers share a big plate of spaghetti and meet with a kiss.
This year, if you want to celebrate Valentine's Day in Leeds with more than a dash of sublime culinary style, try one of the many different sharing dishes the city's restaurants have to offer. From sushi through to Italian – the cuisine of love in many people's eyes – there are dishes galore to go halves on with your Valentine.
1. Sushi Sharing Platter
Fish is said to have aphrodisiac qualities, so why not try a sharing sushi platter? It's a great way to taste of a number of different styles of sushi too. Sharing platters at Itsu include The All Stars, which has a mix of tuna, prawn and salmon nigiri, maki filled with salmon, avocado and veggies, as well as treats like California crab rolls. Each piece on the platter is hand-rolled to perfection by the Itsu chefs. Sushi's got that luxurious feel about every mouthful that makes this a special dish to share.
2. Arancini di Riso
Perhaps you like the idea of sharing some of your food with your Valentine, but maybe not the whole meal. In that case, why not pick a sharing appetizer such as the Arancini di Riso at Ipsum Vinoteca. A perfect way to start a meal – the crunch in these fried rice balls stuffed with cheese and meat yields to its melt-in-your-mouth fillings. An enchanting start to date night at home.
3. Sharing Plate from Browns
If you like your food cooked in an elegant British style, then a great sharing option is the Browns Sharing Plate - perfect as a starter for two, or even just on its own (to leave room for a pud, of course). The plate is packed with delights such as duck parfait and onion marmalade crostini, croquettes with pulled beef brisket, smoked salmon and salt and pepper squid. It's an eclectic feast, a mix of contrasting flavours and textures all on one plate.
4. Sharing platter from Rum and Reason
Combining American cuisine with that of the Caribbean, the sharing platter at Rum and Reason is a great choice for a celebratory occasion such as Valentine's Day. You and your date better bring big appetites for this dish that's oozing with style - the large platter comes with BBQ rum glazed ribs and jerk chicken, accompanied by sides like mac 'n' cheese, rice and peas, and fries. Cosy, comforting yet flavourful food that'll give your Valentine a warm glow!
5. A Platter from Sushi Waka
Another great sushi sharing platter that will go down nicely with your Valentine is Platter B from Sushi Waka. This is a huge selection of nigiri, made with fish such as sea bass, mackerel, salmon, tuna, along with sea bream, tobiko and cuttlefish. Whether you eat at a candle-lit table, or cosy up in front of a roaring fire in the living room, this dish is a perfect mood-setter for a date night at home.
If you're in the mood for a romantic meal on Valentine's night, we hope we've whetted your appetite with these sharing dishes. Have romance on a plate served up at your door by Deliveroo!