Restaurant Dans le noir in Paris
I made reservations for this restaurant but would like to hear from Chowhound members if it's worth trying. I want to try the concept but worried the food may not be as good. Thanks!
Just went. Wow, this is such an intense experience. I was plain panicked at first - I love the idea indeed but being suddenly immersed in total darkness in a room you don't know, full of people, my first move was to get out. But then I found the resource -- focused on what I could touch at first, close my eyes so I'm not shocked I can"t see.
It is very exciting and trying to guess what you eat is a really funny game that I want to start competitions of. A carpaccio of beef and beet felt very slug like; a soup of brocoli and peas was mistaken for carrot, or pumpkin; daurade was almost indistinguishable from salmon...
The food itself is not worth the detour (without being bad) and is definitely not cheap (we paid 100€ for two starters of soup/carpaccio/blette gratin, two mains of duck and goldbass, a mineral water and one glass of wine). Still, quite the experience.
I actually enjoyed the experience a lot and want to go back. The interaction you have with people you can't see, only hear, touch and smell, is a very different one. The deep relaxation you can get from total obscurity is also a rare feeling (except to those who do sleep in pitch black rooms, but few do). It wasn't that noisy and the way you end up communicating with people whose location is unknown is fun.
At least no one is judging your shoes.
Tried the same experience in Montreal,and it was not good at all.
The problem is that it was "generic" restaurant food poorly made, so you did not even had the fun of discovering the food an trying to figure it out with only your smell and taste.
It was also _VERY_ loud.