What were you waiting for? I’ve had some bad experiences with dating apps, so just for fun.
First impressions? I arrived early, so I walked up and down the street to not look too interested. When I walked in, Leyla was already drinking a glass of wine, and we were both laughing at being so early. I should have gone straight in.
What did you talk about? Ranking of our best kitchens. Our works. The meanings of our various tattoos.
Weirdest moment? Leyla asked if I had Googled it before the date. I said yes, but I hadn’t found much – she told me I was lying.
Good table manners? Totally fine.
The best thing about Leyla? Easy to talk to and a good listener.
Would you introduce Leyla to your friends? Sure – she’s cool and laid back – but not in a romantic sense.
Describe Leyla in three words. Confident, funny and cool.
What do you think Leyla made of you? Probably that I was younger than I am, as most people assume. Also that I was very hungry.
Did you go somewhere? No, Leyla ended up leaving after we finished our mains. I confess I stayed behind and ordered an amazing slice of pistachio tiramisu.
And… did you kiss? No.
If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be? The restaurant was very noisy and I didn’t hear everything Leyla said so maybe I went along with some of her stories rather than actively responding, but other than that it was an enjoyable evening.
10 notes? 7.
Would you meet again? Not intentionally in a romantic way, but we might meet when she moves into my neighborhood.
Leila in Zula
What were you waiting for? Absolute hilarity or, failing that, a meal with someone amusing.
First impressions? Warm with good energy.
What did you talk about? Our professions. Traveling. Bad date stories. Our respective experiences in the art world.
Weirdest moment? It was a pretty busy night at the restaurant and I’m kind of deaf. There are so many times you can ask someone to repeat it across the table.
Good table manners? Splendid.
The best of Zula? Your creativity.
Would you introduce Zula to your friends? She’s super open so I’m sure she would get along with anyone but just as a friend.
Describe Zula in three words. Secure, chatty, creative.
What do you think Zula made of you? Probably a little chaotic.
Did you go somewhere? No I suggested we go for a drink but wisely we didn’t as we both had work the next day.
And… did you kiss? No.
If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be? It was nice to meet Zula, but there was no connection.
marks off 10? 6.
Would you meet again? I would definitely say hi if we bumped into each other.
Zula and Leyla ate at Firebird, London W1. Fancy a blind date? Email firstname.lastname@example.org