Dans Le Noir
When I was last in London I went to a restaurant called Dans Le Noir
, which served up one of the worst meals I had ever had the displeasure to experience. The idea of the Clerkenwell Green restaurant was taken from its namesake in Paris
, which I am told has been open a few years and been very successful.
The intention of Dans Le Noir is that you sit in the dining room in absolute darkness, which allows your senses and not your eyes to respond the "aroma's, tastes and atmosphere"
of this quite freaky experience as well as enabling you to emphasise with nonsighted people.
To help manoever you around the dining room are waiters, of which all are blind, but not we were told the chef, which would have at least given us an explanation to whatever it was on our plate. Our waiter Carl whilst not having a clue about the wine or the food was a bit of a character and he did take our mind of the food.
You also realise quickly that you are sharing a table with other people, which could have been a recipe for disaster (bit like the one the chef had read that morning) but we actually ended up having quite a laugh with our faceless neighbours and ended up going for a drink with them afterwards.
The reason this forgetful encounter occurs to me this morning was that I was sent this hilarious link from The Times
which explains the whole experience superbly.