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Apr 28, 2009 09:45 PM

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!

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  1. I love the concept too and haven't been either but would like to some day.

    For those who don't know, Dans Le Noir is a restaurant run by blind persons and where you are totally in the dark. So you experience food and dining the way a blind person does.

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    1. re: souphie

      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.

      1. re: souphie

        "The food itself is not worth the detour"
        Even though it is my Guru's post, I stop reading right here. If the food is no good, why bore self with a gimmicky experience ?

        1. re: Parigi

          I've heard several times that the food just isn't all that.

          1. re: Parigi

            "I stop reading right here"
            Ditto; pour Soup.
            Well you sacrificed your body for us all; we owe you.

          2. re: souphie

            "trying to guess what you eat is a really funny game that I want to start competitions of"

            I'm in.

        2. Been once — the food is terrible (and never at the right temperature), the feeling is claustrophobic, the diners are very uncomfortable (without admitting it) and as a result compensate by talking too loud = conclusion, why torture yourself.

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          1. re: Ptipois

            Would anticipate a similar reaction. I tend to be all about the food and never about being manipulated.

            1. re: Ptipois

              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.

            2. 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.

              never again.