Aphrodisiac dishes for Valentine's Day: suggestions from chefs in Rio and SP

Aphrodisiac dishes for Valentine’s Day: suggestions from chefs in Rio and SP

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February 14th is Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day is celebrated mainly in the United States, Italy and Canada. Bishop Valentine valued love, passion and marriage, and was beheaded on February 14, 270. Therefore, in his honor, this date became dedicated to couples and love! We then spoke to chefs from Rio and São Paulo, who shared, on their menus, suggestions for aphrodisiac dishes for Saint Valentine's Day. After all, it's always good to spice up your relationship! Take the opportunity to also read 10 ideal places for a first date in Rio and films about great love stories.

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Aphrodisiac dishes for Valentine's Day

Rio de Janeiro

Didier Restaurante

Chef Didier Labbe highlights desserts with aphrodisiac ingredients on his menu. The Panna Cotta, for example, with coconut milk, red fruit syrup and orange tuile (R$27), has red fruits, which help with blood flow. Profiteroles, on the other hand, comes with vanilla ice cream, brigadeiro syrup and almonds (R$27), which is rich in zinc, selenium and vitamin E. And it can also increase libido and sexual desire.

End: Av. Alexandre Ferreira, 66 – Jardim Botânico/Lagoa


In addition to being considered an aphrodisiac, hazelnut is also widely used in different cultures as gifts for newlyweds. Chef Luigi Moressa's dessert also features chocolate, another famous stimulant. In fact, the semifreddo with nougat with creamy chocolate and hazelnut sauce (R$46) is a good choice.

End: Av. Viera Souto, 80 – Ipanema

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Never mind

At the Japanese restaurant, the suggestion is the Grilled Pork Belly Gyosa (R$29 – 4 units). It is stuffed with Duroc pork belly, nirá, cabbage, onion, ginger, garlic and toasted sesame oil. Ginger is a stimulant not only due to its aroma and taste, but also through enhancing blood circulation.

End: Rua Lauro Müller, 116 – 1st floor – Botafogo – STORE 45A / 46

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Kitchen Asian Food

Chef Nao Hara recommends Tartare Kitchen (R$55). It is made with salmon under avocado bed, with black massago roe, crispy panko flour and perfect quail yolk. Salmon, for example, increases the production of omega-3 and fatty acids, which increase the levels of sex hormones.

End: Marina da Glória – Av. Infante Dom Henrique, S/N – Glória

Tartar from salmon
Louzieh Sweets

Sweets are certainly great allies for romance. The Figo with champagne brigadeiro (R$7.00 per unit), for example. Famous for its aphrodisiac power, figs are rich in amino acids. Furthermore, its texture and smell stimulate desire. In the coffee candy with orange (R$7.00 per unit), coffee is a powerful stimulant of the central nervous system, known for expanding the body's perception of sensory stimuli.

End: Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 444, Loja 119, Ipanema.. Orders by telephone: (21) 99494-8667 / 3298-7213

Fig with champagne

The Le Cordon Bleu restaurant offers a menu with fresh, seasonal ingredients and some even aphrodisiacs. Therefore, for Valentine's Day, the suggestion is the Chocolate 10 textures dessert (R$59). It is prepared with macarons, tiles, meringue, ice cream, cake, syrup, ground and chocolate chips with milk chocolate whipped cream. Therefore, cocoa, the main component of chocolate, contains endorphins and phenylethylanine, natural substances that stimulate the sensation of pleasure.

End: Rua da Passagem, 179, Botafogo


São Paulo


Chef Felipe Schaedler suggests tacacá (R$48), a traditional tucupi broth with jambu, starch and fresh shrimp. In addition to shrimp, which is already famous for its stimulating properties, jambu causes a tremor on the tip of the tongue. In other words, a slight numbness, which makes it one of the most important aphrodisiacs in northern cuisine.

End: Rua Tabapuã, 830, Itaim Bibi

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Holy grass

Chef Morena Leite prepares a dish that features powerful ingredients. It's shrimp in curry sauce, coconut milk, lemongrass and vegetables served with red rice (R$112). After all, shrimp is rich in omega-3 and amino acids, which improve circulation and increase levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Additionally, curry, coconut milk and red rice are also considered aphrodisiacs.

End: Avenida Faria Lima, 2705 – Jardim Paulistano (Museu da Casa Brasileira – MCB).

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Shrimp with coconut milk and curry
Local restaurant

Among the aphrodisiac dishes for Valentine's Day, chef Augusto Piras suggests the Plin de Brie & Apricot with butter, sage, honey and almond sauce (R$64). After all, honey is rich in vitamin B (which helps with testosterone production). And almonds, in addition to being rich in essential fatty acids such as omega 3, improve the reproductive system, increase fertility and help to have a healthy libido.

End: 369 Manuel Guedes Street, Itaim Bibi

Plin de Brie and Apricot
São Lourenço Square

The restaurant offers fresh grilled oysters, roasted tomato sauce and parsley (4 units-R$58 / 6 units-R$75) in its Sea Menu. Rich in zinc, oysters increase testosterone production and reduce prolactin production .

End: Rua Casa do Ator, 608 – Vila Olimpia

Oysters are indeed an aphrodisiac
Terrace Italy

The restaurant focuses on romance! Therefore, on the 14th, it will offer a special menu with two antipasto options, three main courses and a dessert. In addition to a glass of Chandon Passion for the couple. The San Valentino menu starts with lobster medallion, asparagus cream and salmon roe (which increases cognitive development). In addition, there is also Sicilian shrimp with saffron risotto, an ingredient that increases the sensation of pleasure.

End: Avenida Ipiranga, n°344 – 41° – Centro. Reservations: SP (11) 2189-2929

Shrimp with saffron risotto
Tuy Bar, Kitchen

Chef Edu Bonfim suggests the arugula salad (R$55), with almonds, boursin cheese, watermelon and balsamic dressing. Watermelon is rich in citrulline and is good for the cardiovascular and immune systems. In fact, citrulline increases nitric oxide which expands blood vessels for better circulation, which contributes to increased desire.

End: Rua Jerônimo da Veiga, 163, Itaim Bibi

Ru Salad

By Duda Vétere and Renata Araújo.

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