Why did you decide to go on a blind date?
Jack: I’ve just finished university and this summer is in many ways a bit of a sinkhole, so I thought there’d be no harm in doing something a bit different!
Tim: It couldn’t be any worse than my usual attempts at dating! At best I’d meet someone great; at worst I’d have an amusing dinner table anecdote.
What were your first impressions?
Jack: I thought he looked very cheery, clean-cut, and well put-together. The main advantage was that at that point he didn’t seem to mind too much that I was reasonably late, which I felt a little sheepish about.
Tim: Jack is a good looking guy. He was also 15 minutes late, but I didn’t hold it against him.
How was the conversation and what did you talk about?
Jack: The conversation was mostly excellent. We talked about his time travelling in Australia, my dismal career prospects, his work now, and the absolute state of all things political at the moment – first date moratorium broken, sorry!
Tim: I was really nervous it would be difficult but conversation flowed really well. I may have rambled on a bit, but I apologised. We talked about food, work, travelling, family, and more. We ran the gambit of dinner conversations and had a good laugh while doing it.
Any awkward moments?
Jack: I needed the loo a lot, which felt awkward, but probably wasn’t. The most awkward moment for me was probably when I dropped a bit of kangaroo into my lap, but I don’t think he noticed.
Tim: Other than him being late, none. I was pleasantly surprised – more for me and my foot/mouth ability.
How was the food?
Jack: The food was absolutely excellent, and the service at M Restaurant was impeccable – we had such a friendly waitress who helped me master the art of pretending to know diddly-squat about wine to partner up with my food. I had an excellent starter of Kangaroo Tartare followed by Sea Bass, polished off with the two of us sharing a Pavlova (mildly questionable and overpowered by basil ice cream – yes, I know, basil ice cream) and a white chocolate ice cream ensemble.
Tim: The food was amazing and the service was exceptional, so full marks to our waitress Crisdelyn! I had the ham hock tortellini, and the spiral cut striploin. I persuaded Jack to have the Kangaroo tartare, which he really enjoyed.
Snog, marry, avoid?
Jack: I suspect I’m too much of a middle-of-the-road man for any of those rather extreme options. On the first I couldn’t possibly comment, on the second I’m not sure the world needs more snap weddings, and on the third I would emphatically say no.
Tim: Definitely not avoid. And the age gap kinda kills the marry part, so snog!
Would your mum like him?
Jack: Seeing as my mum’s the most friendly and affable person on the planet, probably. Knowing her, he’d end up preferring her to me, though, which might prove awkward.
Tim: He’s a handsome and intelligent guy, any mother would like him.
Will you see each other again?
Jack: We swapped numbers rather hastily before we got on the tube in opposite directions, so, perhaps!
Tim: He lives outside of London at the moment, but we swapped numbers and hopefully catch up when he moves into town.
Jack and Tim dined at M Restaurant, Victoria Street, London.
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