Dans le Noir? is a restaurant chain where guests dine in complete darkness served by blind waiting staff.
A truly unique dining experience, it's a simple concept you turn up place all bags and phones in a locker then follow your guide into the pitch black. You are asked to pick from a red, blue, green or white menu and then the fun begins. Red menus contain meat, green are vegetarian, blue contain fish and white are a real surprise.
Dans le Noir's website
Eating in the pitch black makes all your other senses come to life, you hear more and smell more. The really interesting thing is how you as a diner focus on what you are eating, by ordering a meal by colour only you do not know what you will receive which makes it far more interesting, the most lasting memory I have is trying to describe couscous to my partner, "It tastes like bubbles". At the end of the meal you are shown a card which tells you what foods you ate in the restaurant. I had a White plate which included shark meat and zebra.
The cooking is great, but the experience is even better. It is a glimpse into the life of people with visual impairments. The dining experience is also mind-blowing, you start to come up with tricks to help you cope. place the knife by side of plate, follow it to the tip to try and find where you left the glass. The other amazing thing is how the staff are able to bring food to you in the dark and be there when you need help.
The only negative I found was if someone else on a table close to you was eating the same colour menu and they were being served before you they would try and describe what they were eating to their dining partners which could spoil the surprise a little, but it's an experience everyone should try once.
The night we went there was also a singer songwriter playing guitar in the restaurant, the music felt so loud due to the sensory overload but again added to the experience.