I had my first dining-in-the-dark experience in Bangkok. At that time, all I wanted was some adventurous dining experience. It was also the only time when the notion of deliciousness had zero impact on my decision. I would like to feel blindness, so I picked Dine in the Dark located on the same floor of Barsu at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel.
Before entering, I was asked to choose my preferred meal. There are three choices – vegetarian, western and surprise menus. I was also asked if I had any allergies. Once the order was ready, I was introduced to my blind server who led me into the world of darkness. Putting my hands on his shoulder, I was led slowly to my table after taking some stairs and a few turns. He carefully told me to use my hand to feel my chair until I was perfectly seated at my table. He then explained to me where all my tableware and my water glass were.
I am ready. Let’s start.
My dinner began with my choice for a 4-course sensory surprise menu.
When I was inside a completely dark environment, I could not help but close my eyes. Eating in the dark can be an unsettling experience, in particular, the physical process of feeding oneself. “Have I finished the dish? What did I just eat?” Sometimes, I was so unsure that I had to use my fingers to feel if the dish was empty. After finishing my first course, I thought ‘how could the visually impaired persons live?’
What’s the experience?
In the beginning, I was rather nervous. My eyes tried hard to see but could not. Since I could not see the dish, I finished each course a bit faster than usual. I also noticed that I relied more on my other senses especially taste and smell. Food was served on different shapes of plates or containers, I had to feel the shape first, tried to imagine how the plating would be and decided how I should start eating my dish.
Dine in the dark provoked my attentive sense to the environment. I was more sensitive to the noise around me; more focused on the taste of food; and more sensitive to the smell of food.
After the full dining-in-the-dark journey, we were back to Barsu. The staff then showed me all the four dishes I had. Surprisingly, the plating was beautiful. Eating the food without seeing it is a completely different experience.
Will Gourmet Bangkok recommend Dine in the Dark?
We highly recommend Dien in the Dark to all of you. It’s an unforgettable experience that no other resaurants can offer.
Who in Gourmet Bangkok team experienced Dine in the Dark?
Chelsea Chan ~ A food lover, golfer, fun lover, and adventurer Chelsea was born in Hong Kong and is a genuine food lover. Her palate is especially sharp on Cantonese food, delicacies from Hong Kong and meat (especially beef, chicken and lamb). She is able to taste how the food is cooked and prepared. Besides, she is also a pro buffet gourmet because of her unlimited appetite. When she says ‘too sweet’, it may not be sweet for you as her preference for chocolate is 72++ dark chocolate.