Friday, April 22, 2011

Dans le Noir - Paris

No, Not What You're Thinking
I doubt it's a coincidence that Dans le Noir has a slew of lovely, dark ladies working the front door.  However, it's not about that at all.  It's not really about the food either.  It's something so strange that you have to try it.  That is, if you can handle it.

Dans le Noir is a completely pitch black restaurant where you're served by blind waiters and waitresses.  They lead you by hand from the dim anteroom to the diningroom.  There is no menu - you don't know what's being served, you don't know where you're seated, you cannot see a damned thing.  Matter of fact, it's a kind of darkness you're unlikely to have experienced unless you've turned off your flashlight five miles inside a cave.  Your eyes never adjust.  You fumble for your silverware, you knock things off the table.  You think you can judge your food by taste, but actually you probably cannot.
Once you're done eating they lead you back to the anteroom and show you the menu.  "Foie gras?  There was foie gras?"  Amazing - because none of us guessed.  We thought it was cheese.  Really interesting experience.

51 rue Quincampoix
4th Arondissement

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  1. Hmmm...I would've thought that if you'd lost one of your senses, your other 4 senses will become stronger to compensate. I wear glasses (who doesn't these days??) ever since I was in the first grade (four eyes!) but my sense of smell has become stronger because of that. I'll smell things before my DH will.

  2. @Cewek - yeah, I was kinda hoping that some other sense would sharpen. Turns out, I was just as stupid as always and blind to boot!

  3. Dans Le Noir is a truly unique experience, I really enjoyed my evening there! It's probably not something I could do regularly, but for the experience it was really great. I enjoy trying restaurants that offer something very different to the usual dining experience, and this one really achieved that for me.

  4. @Robert - agreed, everyone should try this out once. It gave me a small, short insight into the world of the blind.