If you've asked someone on a date and intend to bring them to a restaurant, here are some tips which should help to ensure that the experience goes as smoothly as possible:
Don't be afraid to ask the wait staff questions
A lot of people feel nervous on first dates. If this is usually the case for you, you might not want to make a fuss when the time comes to ordering your food.
However, if the restaurant in which you and your date will be dining has a menu that includes a lot of dishes that you're not familiar with, it's worth taking the time to ask the wait staff some questions so that you know exactly what's included in the dishes you are ordering.
If you don't do this, you could end up accidentally ordering food that you dislike or, worse still, that you are allergic to.
For example, if you are allergic to lactose and plan to visit an Indian restaurant that uses the traditional Indian names for the dishes it serves (and you are unfamiliar with these titles), it would be sensible to ask your waiter to explain which of the menu items contains dairy products (as a lot of traditional Indian curries have cream-based sauces).
Likewise, if you can only handle moderately-spicy foods, it would also be sensible to ask the wait staff the heat-level of the dishes you are thinking about ordering, as many Indian dishes are very spicy.
This brief conversation will ensure that your evening with your date isn't spoiled by you eating the wrong type of food.
Order food to share (if your date is willing)
Sharing your food with your dinner companion is a great way to create a relaxed dining experience and to establish a bond. It's also a fun way to try out a variety of new dishes, without having to order and eat full portions of each of them.
Indian restaurants are ideal if you want to take this approach, as they usually offer lots of side dishes and large platters that can be shared by multiple people.
Make sure to ask your date, however, before ordering food in this manner, as some people prefer not to share.
If they decline your suggestion and you both order your own individual meals, do not attempt to take food from their plate (even if you have offered them some of your own meal), as your date might find this rude.