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Find me a date: Steven and Neha

These city kids ditched Tinder and let us play matchmaker. Here’s a blow-by-blow of their blind date

The date: dinner at House.

First impression

Steven: 'When you guys first told me the name, I half suspected that you'd pair me up with my friend, as her name's quite unique. It turns out she was. It was definitely a nice opportunity to catch up as we've both been really busy.' 

Neha: 'I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in to see him! As a girl, I had a jittery feeling about meeting a stranger, so this was comfortable.' 

Chemistry

Steven: 'We’re good friends, but I don't think things will progress any further than that. We have different ideas of what we like in our other half and we don't have chemistry. But we share a lot of common interests: we're both in start-ups, we like to travel a lot, and we both enjoy thinking deeply and talking about issues.' 

Neha: 'It was definitely good, as I've known him before and because we share a lot of common interests. He's chatty but also a good listener. He has stories to share but he was also keen to listen to what I had to say. This date gave me a chance to ask him why he's single – I get the impression he's laid-back and not looking for someone.'

Awkward Moment

Steven: 'None for me. Maybe a little for her because she didn't anticipate seeing me at all.'

Neha: 'Not at all. He's a gentleman.' 

Afterward

Steven: 'We just went our separate ways home.'

Neha: 'I didn't have his number before that, so I got it and texted him to thank him for the good evening. We've not really texted since then though.' 

Verdict

Steven: ♥♥♥♥ 'It was good to meet a friend, but I don't think it's fate. It's a really fun experience – on the one hand it's a bit "wasted" that I didn't get to meet someone new, but on the other hand, I got to catch up with a really busy friend.' 

Neha: ♥♥♥♥♥ 'I really enjoyed the fact that it was set up by you guys at a great place with good company. I'd like to go again! I like that he's intelligent and witty – it's one of the things that draws me to someone. 

What they thought about House

The atmosphere
'It was very good. The customer service is excellent and attentive. There wasn't any loud music, so it was a good way to focus on the person I was with.' – Neha 

'The restaurant is really nice. It's secluded and a little hard to get to, but the staff are really nice, friendly and attentive.' – Steven 

The food
'My pumpkin salad was very filling. I didn't really have space for the mushroom risotto main course, but it was so appealing that I couldn't say no. The dessert menu is awesome.' – Neha

'The portions were generous – my asparagus soup and steak fillet were the standouts. The temperature of the meat was spot-on, and the steak was very flavourful. My modern ondeh-ondeh dessert was really interesting too – like a cake version of the original.' – Steven 

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