Sometimes picking the right music or lighting for a dinner date can be daunting, but research suggests you should be focusing on the color of your napkins too.
A new report examining the relationship between colored napkins and the flavor of food found that color is a powerful contributor.
The report reveals which colors pair best with which dishes to help give your dinners that extra bit of flavor.
Napkin brand Tork partnered with Swedish food stylist and chef, Linda Lundgren, who paired dishes with a range of colored napkins.
She told trade magazine The Caterer: ‘How do you make a strawberry mousse sweeter and richer-tasting? The answer isn’t more strawberries and sugar.
’Instead, try serving the dish with a coral pink napkin.
’The color actually increases the perception of sweetness and decreases bitterness, making it perfect for desserts.’
The experiments found that aqua blue napkins enhance the flavor of eggs and Indian food.
This is because it brings out orange and yellow as contrast colors and makes the dishes seem less salty, Ms Lundgren said.
Coral pink helps to decrease the bitterness of dishes like grapefruit and makes meals taste sweeter, while pink or rose red work best with desserts.
Mustard yellow helps to improve the flavor of green dish such as sprouts and salads, as well as tart flavors including fish and sea food.
Anthracite grey helps to contrast the tones of lighter colored table settings and meals, meaning grey napkins give Mediterranean food a richer taste.
Julia Wood, senior product manager at Tork, said: ‘Restaurant operators need to provide the very best experience for customers.
’Getting creative by simply using complementary napkin colors with the dishes they serve will really make an exquisite plate of food stand out.’