Blind date: ‘She quickly asked me to stop talking about Star Trek’

Yev on Ellis


What were you hoping for?
A fun evening, a nice dinner and a good story to have in the end.

First impressions?
A bit nervous but sweet. He said that he chose the table by the bar instead of the one by the window in case it got colder later, which I thought was very considerate of him.

What did you talk about?
Russia/Ukraine. Wine. Our jobs. Hummus. How Star Trek is apparently the best pre-bed watch. Favourite podcasts. The highs and lows of living on a boat.

Any awkward moments?
Only when saying goodbye on the tube.

Good table manners?
Definitely. We shared most of the dishes. Ellis was in charge of halving the portions – 10 out of 10 for knife skills.

Best thing about Ellis?
It was very easy to talk to him.

Would you introduce him to your friends?

Describe Ellis in three words
Friendly, interesting, cute.

What do you think he made of you?
Absolutely no idea! He laughed at my jokes, so it seemed like he was enjoying the evening.

Did you go on somewhere?

And … did you kiss?

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
I would stick to one type of wine – it was amazing wine, though.

Marks out of 10?
7. It was a lovely evening but with no romantic vibes.

Would you meet again?
As friends, for sure. I always wanted a friend who lives on a boat!


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Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: every week, two
strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans
to us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph we
take of each dater before the date, in Saturday magazine (in the
UK) and online at every Saturday. It’s been running since 2009 – you can read all about how we put it together here.

What questions will I be asked?
ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type of
person you are looking to meet. If you do not think these questions
cover everything you would like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.

Can I choose who I match with?
it’s a blind date! But we do ask you a bit about your interests,
preferences, etc – the more you tell us, the better the match is likely
to be.

Can I pick the photograph?
No, but don’t worry: we’ll choose the nicest ones.

What personal details will appear?
Your first name, job and age.

How should I answer?
but respectfully. Be mindful of how it will read to your date, and that
Blind date reaches a large audience, in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s answers?
No. We may edit yours and theirs for a range of reasons, including length, and we may ask you for more details.

Will you find me The One?
We’ll try! Marriage! Babies!

Can I do it in my home town?
Only if it’s in the UK. Many of our applicants live in London, but we would love to hear from people living elsewhere.

How to apply

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Ellis on Yev


What were you hoping for?
Food, laughter and any free therapy, medical or tax advice that I could get.

First impressions?
Stylish – although I was three drinks down at this point.

What did you talk about?
What didn’t we talk about? Her job at a dating app. My ideas for a dating app. Her belief that it should be illegal to overtake someone in a swimming pool. My belief that everyone should be made to watch Star Trek.

Any awkward moments?
She quickly asked me to stop talking about Star Trek.

Good table manners?
We were sitting at the bar sharing tiny plates; it was a complete free-for-all.

Best thing about Yev?
She effortlessly made great conversation in her third language.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
I wouldn’t inflict that on her.

Describe Yev in three words
Not a Trekkie.

What do you think she made of you?
She seemed generally concerned.

Did you go on somewhere?
Only the Victoria line – we were both quite full by this point.

And … did you kiss?
On the Victoria line?

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
I should have had lunch.

Marks out of 10?

Would you meet again?
I’m not pointing fingers, but we didn’t swap numbers.

Yev and Ellis ate at INO Gastrobar, London W1. Fancy a blind date? Email


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