Dans Le Noir?, Clerkenwell, EC1
photo by Ewan Munro

General

You've asked yourself at least once in your life how does it feel like not being able to see a thing. Dans Le Noir offers you this unique experience: you can now serve your meal in complete darkness, gripping and completing the flavor of your food with all your other senses, without even being blind-folded. So that the darkness is complete, you will be asked to place all potential sources of light such as cigarettes, lighters, watches, cell phones or cameras in lockers. This place really gives you a inside of what it feels like being sightless, so guess what? You will have to completely trust your waitress, that is actually blind. You're pretty much in a dark world now, so you will have to give them all the credit.

Your order will be taken in a lighted area, and the menus are color coded: red (for meat lovers), blue (for fish lovers), green (for vegetarians) and white (surprise menu from the chef).

So if you will decide to give this experience a try, you will be amazed to understand a little bit more about the way your body completes 'taste' using and combining all your senses.

Remember that in the dark room it doesn't matter who you are or where you work, how tall you are or how your hair looks like. All those that accept to deprive their bodies from one sense become equal in the dark where social differences are not an issue.

You might find this experience amusing, but when you come but into the light, remember that there are people that live all their lives Dans le noir. This way, you will surely start seeing life in a different light and this experience will be more than a fun dinner. It could change your perspective!

Quite an original place to go on a -literary- bind-date, isn't it?

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2 Reviews

Sabina S
Sabina S

on Sep 22,2011

I liked

We have visited the restaurant this summer. I have heard a lot about it from my friend, who had visited the one in Paris, so I and my fiancé booked the table in Dans le Noir in advance. I was worrying that it would be weird and I won’t be able to manage my feelings and my senses in the dark; I was really afraid that I will be lost in the dark, though it can sound funny. My fiancé tried to calm me and to assure me that everything will be fine. But once we entered the restaurant, and we were welcomed by the staff, all my trials were gone as if by magic. I wasn’t afraid any more. Personal was so nice to us, they asked about some special wishes in the food, or some prohibitions. I have chosen fish menu and my fiancé meat. We were introduced to the waitress, Sarah. She was nice and it really hurt me that she is blind. Once we were in the dark room, I realized that I couldn’t see a thing, and it was shocking, but really great. We were having a wonderful conversation and laughing at each other on the way we were eating. The food was delicious, and it was difficult to identify for us what exactly we are eating. We made some assumptions, but as it appeared to be later, they were totally wrongJ Our waitress, Sarah, was very attentive, she was like a magician: once you have a thought that you need her help, she is here! We also took a bottle of wine, and the wine was amazing! Tasting it in the pitch darkness was so unusual and it made me to love wine (earlier, I did not appreciate wine very much)! We left the dark room in about 2 hours, and it was difficult for my eyes to get used to the light. I can say that it is the most unique experience I’ve ever had. And my fiancé agrees with me! If you are looking for something new, for something that won’t leave you indifferent, I totally recommend you to visit Dans le Noir. I can definitely say that I will look forward for visiting it one more time!

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Sabina Selina
Sabina Selina

on Sep 22,2011

I liked

We have visited the restaurant this summer. I have heard a lot about it from my friend, who had visited the one in Paris, so I and my fiancé booked the table in Dans le Noir in advance. I was worrying that it would be weird and I won’t be able to manage my feelings and my senses in the dark; I was really afraid that I will be lost in the dark, though it can sound funny. My fiancé tried to calm me and to assure me that everything will be fine. But once we entered the restaurant, and we were welcomed by the staff, all my trials were gone as if by magic. I wasn’t afraid any more. Personal was so nice to us, they asked about some special wishes in the food, or some prohibitions. I have chosen fish menu and my fiancé meat. We were introduced to the waitress, Sarah. She was nice and it really hurt me that she is blind. Once we were in the dark room, I realized that I couldn’t see a thing, and it was shocking, but really great. We were having a wonderful conversation and laughing at each other on the way we were eating. The food was delicious, and it was difficult to identify for us what exactly we are eating. We made some assumptions, but as it appeared to be later, they were totally wrongJ Our waitress, Sarah, was very attentive, she was like a magician: once you have a thought that you need her help, she is here! We also took a bottle of wine, and the wine was amazing! Tasting it in the pitch darkness was so unusual and it made me to love wine (earlier, I did not appreciate wine very much)! We left the dark room in about 2 hours, and it was difficult for my eyes to get used to the light. I can say that it is the most unique experience I’ve ever had. And my fiancé agrees with me! If you are looking for something new, for something that won’t leave you indifferent, I totally recommend you to visit Dans le Noir. I can definitely say that I will look forward for visiting it one more time!

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