We decided to go to Dans le Noir? after a friend’s recommendation. The concept is quite simple really – you have your dinner in complete darkness where you are guided and served by blind people. The reality is really not that simple.
Arriving at the restaurant, we were asked to choose from four menus; fish, meat, vegetarian or surprise. After a careful think about the possible outcomes of each menu, my boyfriend and I both opted for meat. After being told to put all of our belongings in a locker, including our phones, keys, purses and jackets, we were instructed to stand amongst ten other people in two lines and hold on to the person in front’s shoulders. We were then led in.
You really underestimate how dark it’s going to be in the room. When they said we would be eating in total darkness, I didn’t expect it to actually be total darkness. It really is though, you literally cannot see a thing.
We were led to our seats and showed where everything was on the table by our blind waiter, slowly becoming familiar with the surrounding area including placement of cutlery and my soon to be knocked over glass of wine. Just as you think you’ve got to grips with everything they bring out the first course and the dining in the dark begins.
We were sitting on tables almost like in a canteen, which worked well in this situation as we ended up comparing eating techniques with the couple next to us. By the end of the starter we had all opted for using our hands. With our senses heightened, we found ourselves smelling and feeling the food, guessing which mysterious delicacy was in front of us.
The waiters were extremely friendly and efficient and in general the whole evening was very enjoyable despite it being quite pricey. I would definitely recommend it as a one-off experience.
I can only hope that man I was playing footsie with under the table was my boyfriend and not a complete stranger.
Guest Writer – Gemma Brown
A final year media student who has a passion for writing and exploring. Gemma attends Birmingham City University where she specialises in television and journalism. Originally from Hertfordshire, she loves to experience everything the world has the offer and believes that with hard work and dedication, you can can do anything you want. Gemma Brown’s Website