By Jasmine Kazlauskas
A romantic boyfriend took his partner’s love of fried chicken to the next level by surprising her with a fancy three-course dinner date at KFC – complete with candles, rose petals and table service.
Forget about the Colonel’s top secret 11 herbs and spices – Emmanuel Kei has discovered the ultimate secret for spicing up his love life; a romantic dinner at the fast food chain.
Wanting to take his girlfriend on a passionate date she would never forget, the 23-year-old quality control officer brought a tablecloth, candles and flowers to his local Torrensville KFC in Adelaide, South Australia, last month.
His girlfriend Diane Del, 26, thought they were simply going to visit Emmanuel’s cousin who was supposedly in KFC at the time – but the youth worker had absolutely no idea what her beau had planned.
With a tablecloth elegantly draped over a booth table, decorated with rose petals and illuminated with candles, the loved-up pair were treated to a delicious three course KFC dinner – which was even bought to them by ‘waiters’ on cardboard plates.
Emmanuel said: “It was just something that popped into my head on the day. I was doing some shopping in town and I saw some candles and flowers.
“I was really hungry, and just thought why not do a romantic dinner in KFC. We both love it, so I thought it would be perfect.
“I went to the KFC about an hour before I was going to pick up Diane. I spoke to the manager there and he was really supportive of the idea.
“I decorated one of their tables with a nice table tablecloth, some rose petals and candles that I’d bought, and also gave her a bunch of flowers.
“I pretended my cousin was in the KFC and I needed to see him. She had no idea what was going on.
“Diane was so excited and happy when she saw what I’d done. It was so lovely to see her like that.
“The reaction of other customers inside the store was funny. One lady told me that I should write a book about romance and send it to men around the world.”
The starry-eyed couple’s elegant dinner included an entree of chicken nuggets and chips, a main of a Twister wrap with salad, and then a decadent dessert of chocolate mousse with icing sugar and topped with sweets that Emmanuel brought with him.
Despite the romantic date only costing £8 [$15AUD], Emmanuel said that both him and Diane agree it was the best date that they had ever been on.
The couple also uploaded a snap of their romantic dinner to the KFC Australia Facebook page where it has since gone viral – racking up over 11,000 likes and 6,000 comments in a matter of days.
Emmanuel said: “I just wanted to do something to make her smile. She is not the type to want expensive fancy dinners and would much prefer something like this.
“It goes to show you don’t have to spend a lot to make someone happy. It was the thought and effort that I put in that meant a lot to her.
“This kind of date comes from the heart and has real sentimental value.
“It was the best date we’ve ever been on and the best part it only cost $15. To me it was better than getting lobster for dinner.
“Now I’m thinking how I’m going to top this. It will have to be better, as I’ve set the bar now.
“Valentine’s Day is coming up, so let’s see what else I can do for my girl.”