WE'VE all heard of oysters, champagne and strawberries doing the trick in the romance stakes.
But how about a plateful of turnips, raw sea eel and sparrows?
The world of aphrodisiacs is weird - but it's not only us Brits who swear by our food to get us in the mood.
In Iran, turnip is seen as top of the passion tree, while raw sea eel, or unagi, is a popular Japanese pick-me-up.
The ancient Greeks used to swear by a bit of cooked sparrow to get Plato's pulse racing.
The idea that certain types of food can be used to boost sex drive has been with us for thousands of years.
But it's not all powdered antlers and caviar.
According to aphrodisiac lore there are items in your cupboard which could make this Valentine's Day go with a bang.
At one time chocolate, which has long been associated with love, had such a sexual reputation that nuns were barred from eating it.
Only 200 years ago French doctors used to prescribe the sweet treat to women to mend their broken hearts.
Vegetables may not seem the most romantic of food but throughout history their phallic shapes have been raising temperatures.
In the 18th century, French bridegrooms were required to eat plates of asparagus because of its power of arousal.
Egyptian priests were barred from chomping on onions because they had such a reputation for producing lusty thoughts.
The shape of the carrot has been associated with stimulation since ancient times and was used by early Middle Eastern royalty to aid seduction.
Stuart Nunn, head chef at Bradley's restaurant on Fitzwilliam Street, said they would be serving up some special tastes for Valentine's diners.
He added: "We are going to be having five choices on each of three courses. There will be steamed asparagus with an orange beurre blanc sauce which combines both sweet and sour flavours.
"We are having sea bass and venison; the fish reminds people of holidays and the venison is a lovely cut.
"For dessert both strawberries and chocolate will be on offer."
Mr Nunn, who has been with the restaurant for two years, added: "I don't believe aphrodisiacs work just by themselves. It's to do with the ambience, the people and perceptions.
"If you take a young lady out and feed her oysters and asparagus you're hoping they will work."