Who'll find love on our blind date?

Who’ll find love on our blind date? This week it’s Romka, 29 and Ali, 33, but will romance be on the cards?

  • Every week, FEMAIL asks two singletons to report back from their blind date
  • Secretary Romka, 29, and manager Ali, 33, from the UK, shared their experience
  • Would you like us to find you a date? Are you a singleton, or is there someone you’d like to send on a blind date? Email: [email protected] 

Romka, 29, (pictured) has been single for two years

Vital Statistics

 Single for two years, no children.

CURRENT ROLE 

Secretary. 

WOULD LIKE TO MEET 

The love of my life, and he definitely won’t be a playboy. He will be honest and loyal, but also funny and spontaneous. 

Romka, 29 

Dating Past?

I’ve had a few serious relationships; I was with my last boyfriend for almost two years. He was older than me and I was madly in love, so when he ended things, it almost broke me. Since then, I’ve picked myself up and I now joke with my girlfriends that I’m a professional dater. I’ve met plenty of potential husband candidates, but no one who gave me butterflies in my tummy.

Pre-Date Nerves?

A little, but I kept them at bay by being organised. I’m a planner so had already checked out the restaurant.

First Impressions?

I arrived early, so I ordered a gin and tonic at the bar. Ali was introduced to me by the waiter. He is good-looking and was smartly dressed in a pair of black trousers with a denim shirt.

He seemed nervous at first.

Easy To Talk To?

Ali had just done a virtual job interview before our date, so we chatted about how he thought it had gone. I think he was stressed so wanted a debrief. I’m a good listener and was happy for him to offload.

I discovered we’re both at the point in our lives where we are serious about meeting our life partner. Ali spent his 20s focused on his career and is now ready to commit. I told him my friends thought I was mad to go on a blind date, which made Ali laugh.

We decided to go for it as far as the menu was concerned. Ali went for prawns followed by pasta with lobster, while I had smoked salmon and steak. We devoured everything just like that moment in Eat Pray Love when Julia Roberts eats an Italian meal on her own and uses her fingers, too.

Embarrassing Moments?

Romka’s Verdict: 7/10

LIKED? The delicious food. 

REGRETS? Not at all. 

COFFEE OR CAB? Coffee as friends 

Our introduction at the bar happened so quickly that I didn’t catch Ali’s name. So when he suggested we swap numbers at the end of the meal, I had to ask him what his name was. I apologised and, luckily, Ali laughed.

Did Sparks Fly?

No. When I saw Ali, I knew instantly the physical attraction wasn’t there, but he is a lovely person.

See him again?

Yes, as friends. He has already invited me to a party.

What do you think he thought of you?

Ali told me I’m a great person and looked lovely, too. Even so, I have no idea if he was attracted to me or not.

Would your friends like him?

Yes, my friends would accept him. He’s easy-going and friendly.

Ali, 33,  (pictured) has been single for a year

Vital statistics 

Single for a year, no children. 

CURRENT ROLE 

Manager in the public sector. 

WOULD LIKE TO MEET 

An outdoorsy person who is funny and easy-going. I tend to avoid women who take themselves too seriously. 

Ali, 33 

Dating past?

 I was seeing someone for a year, but we drifted apart when the pandemic hit. It was my first ever relationship because I’ve been so focused on my career.

Now I’m settled in my professional life, I feel it’s the right time to meet someone.

I’ve tried dating apps, but I’ve had a few strange experiences, and, yes, I have been catfished. One ‘woman’ I’d been chatting to turned out to be a guy when we met up. I’ve no idea whose picture he used. I didn’t want to hurt his feelings so had a short but polite conversation with him; that’s the online dating world for you.

Pre-date nerves? 

A little nervous, but after the lockdowns, this is a rather romantic way of meeting someone.

First Impressions? 

Romka is attractive and has an enchanting smile. I felt at ease with her. She looked effortlessly cool in a black mini skirt and white top.

Easy to talk to? 

The conversation didn’t let up. We went through the menu and agreed we should order dishes that we hadn’t tried before or eaten for a while.

We talked about our social lives. Now I’m vaccinated, I’m more open to meeting new people. We’ve both lived in Hull and York, and talked about the difference between the two cities.

I want to learn a new language and Romka advised me to go for a romantic one such as Spanish or French. She made me laugh. We had fun playing games such as guessing the nationality of our waiter from his accent. I turned out to be right.

Embarrassing moments? 

Ali’s Verdict: 10/10 

LIKED? I really enjoyed the food. 

REGRETS? None. 

COFFEE OR CAB? Coffee. 

Towards the middle of the date, I lost the credit card that I was using to pay for our meal. I was in panic mode for five minutes before I found it in my jeans. Romka joked she should take custody of it for both of our sakes.

Did sparks fly? 

I thought they might have, but Romka didn’t feel the same way.

See her again?

I hope so. Though we’ve only just met, I feel like I know Romka well.

What do you think she thought of you?

Hopefully, that I’m good company. Romka doesn’t see me in a romantic way and I’m perfectly fine with that.

Would your friends like her?

Yes, after lockdown I’ve realised the importance of friends for my personal resilience. That’s why my friends would welcome Romka into the fold, too.

Fancy a posh meal with an eligible single like you? Or would you like to play cupid for someone else? Email your — or their — details and a photo to [email protected] dailymail.co.uk 

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