Dine in the Dark

Dine in the dark

As we entered this dark space, we felt a little anxious but our guide for the night, Em, soon made us feel at ease and led us to our table. It took a while to adjust to this new and unusual pitch-dark surrounding, without the slightest flicker of light.

All the waiters at Dine in the Dark are blind and it gives you a better understanding of how they go about their daily lives, even if it’s just an hour or two in their shoes.  In the dark we may be afraid, awkward or clumsy and in contrast, you can’t help but admire how alert and confident they are.

No one is told before what is going to be served, but staff here do take precautions and ask you what you cannot eat or are allergic to.

The fun part as each dish arrived, apart from trying so hard not to knock things over, was to recover all I could from my palate memory bank  in order to figure out what exactly I was having. Few ingredients stood out, some flavors felt new and left me curious.

Maybe my sense of hearing was just heightened, but one kid to my right was extra loud and chatty. Perhaps, she took a couple of sips of her mom’s wine.. Hey, who could tell?

Once we were done with dinner, the 3-course meal was revealed to us outside. The appetizer was a fried prawn salad with thin crispy pork slices, olives and cucumber. Next was sea bass on a bed of mashed taro, garnished with fried carrots, asparagus and kiwi. For dessert we had Panna cotta with butter cake on the side.

Fried prawn saladSea bassPanna cotta

By the way, I’m definitely not ruining the surprise factor since we were told that the menu here keeps on changing.

Before we embarked on this culinary adventure, they kept away (under lock and key) our phones and watches or anything that could give out any light at all.

At first, one may wonder why they are so strict or particular about it but later it is easy to understand. Ironically, the darkness was enlightening. I guess the purpose is to remove distractions, no light, no sight, so you concentrate just on the taste of the food; in this case eliminating the sense of sight to maximize the attention to the food. Afterall, isn’t that what it all comes down to?

 

Comments: 6

  1. Nitu Oct 10 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Dine in the Dark has been on my “to do” list….I was just never sure what the food would be like. The pictures you put up are very tempting and give me the push I need. The Panacotta with butter cake looks delicious!

    • Nita Oct 10 at 5:20 pm Reply

      Thanks for your comment Nitu. The food was delicious and since the menu keeps on changing, you will surely be in for a surprise!

  2. Andy Apr 6 at 1:32 am Reply

    I have heard a lot about this Dine-in-the-dark thing. Definitely on my to do list as well. I think that the concept is interesting. Thanks for sharing Nita, glad to connect with you!

    • Nita Apr 6 at 3:13 am Reply

      Thank you Andy.. Likewise :) This is definitely an intriguing and unique way of enjoying food that you should try when you get a chance!

  3. Yeity Jun 1 at 4:56 pm Reply

    We have this ‘Dans le Noir’ themed restaurant experience under our weird travel guides, although haven’t had a chance to try it out yet – really cool concept and just goes to show how all senses play a vital role. Love how they revealed the platters at the end!

    • Nita Jun 2 at 5:55 pm Reply

      Yes, really very cool.. Guessing what I was eating was so much fun. Thank you for your feedback :) And your weird travel guide is quirky indeed.. The cheese rolling and chasing race must be quite entertaining to watch!

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