Dans Le Noir is a chain of restaurants you can find in some European cities such as Paris, London, Barcelona, where guests are served a meal in total darkness. They advertise them as ‘more than a restaurant, a unique sensory experience’. Sounds interesting already? If you are thinking of spending a semester studying abroad in Europe and being able to enjoy experiences like Dans Le Noir, you can book your dream apartment through Study Abroad Apartments and you’ll be right in the heart of a thriving European city!
In Dans Le Noir, you are served by blind waiters - no one can see anything. You’ll be seated beside total strangers, and you’ll have to eat with your hands only. The concept is refined: as you arrive (recommended to book at least a week in advance and be there right on time), you can put your possessions in a private locker, and you can give notice to the staff of any diet needs (vegan, coeliac, etc.). Then you’ll be escorted in pitch dark and start noticing your other senses are enhanced as you are deprived of sight.
Dans Le Noir is a challenge to the way we experience food. Without presentation or color, all you have about the food in front of you is the smell, the texture and the taste. Part of the experience will be about guessing what you are eating. And you’ll also discover that people in the dark tend to compensate for their loss of vision by shouting!
With each dish, the fun is increased and the guesswork usually gets worse. You can also play the wine game, and you’ll be surprised of how many people drinking in the dark will mistake white, red and rosé wine for one another.
After the meal, the staff will show you what you ate, and chances are you might have already become friends with people sitting next to you as everyone shared this novel experience and chatted through it in a natural way.
Whether you are staying in a city with one of these restaurants or you stumble upon one during those long weekends wandering around Europe, do not miss it! It’s one of those things everyone back home will love hearing about.
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