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Aug 19, 2010 09:12 AM

O. Noir

Anyone been there? Is it worth going?

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      1. Probably one of the worst experiences I have EVER had! It was so absolutely awful that I can barely even remember the food.

        I went when it first opened, and I should say that I did not want to go in the first place, but I was dragged into it. Next to music too loud, my biggest peeve is restaurants so dim that you can't see the food. So you know where this is going. Anyways, I meant it when I said I don't remember the food. I really blocked out the memory of this trip and sorely miss the few $ I spent at this place. Sorry for ranting and being light on the details of the food. Just the whole experience was tainted by a silly gimmick that added really nothing to my meal. I am a serious foodie that has been to some of the world's finest restaurants and I can say with absolute certainty that I have had better experiences at MacDonalds. No joke. Sorry again.

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        1. re: nextguy

          well the whole purpose of the concept is to eat like a visually impaired person, so you are not supposed to see what you're eating. I went there a few years back, and granted it's expensive for food that is average. You pay for the experience of not seeing where/what you're eating. Long story shore, you don't go there for the food. I did have fun with my friends to try to perform a toast in the dark. That was quite something.

          1. re: mak2k

            I understand the concept which is why I did not want to go in the first place. I also tried to stress in my comment that it was the experience I hated (although the food was nothing special either). I appreciate that they give a portion of profits to charity but good intentions do not make for a good restaurant. Ok so if you are interested in eating in complete darkness then you should visit it.

          2. re: nextguy

            Certain you're not confusing "O.Noir" with "O Chalet" ?

            1. re: Maximilien

              On that note, has anyone eaten at O Chalet recently? Most of the reviews online are from when it first opened.

          3. It was amazing! I went on a suprise date there a few weeks ago and it was a blast. If you're not adventurous, stay in well lit restaurants, but if you want to have a fun filled evening and a cool new experience, try O Noir. The prices are really reasonable, and the portions were huge, we couldn't even finish!
            It is loud, but again, when your sight is gone, your other senses kick it into high gear. There were a few rounds of happy birthday as the night wore on (we were at the 9 o clock seating) and everyone joined in because no one could see you singing.
            The waiters are all legally blind, they introduce themselves to you in the dimly lit bar area in the entrance (where the lockers are located and are free to use, since you can't bring purses or cell phones or cameras inside and also, where you place your order for the evening from the menus while you can see them) Your waiter then has you form a train with your party, hands on each others shoulders and navigates you past a door and a blackout curtain, through what seems like 50 table, and seats you. He orients you to where your plates, glasses, and cutlery are. The tables have rubber placemats so your fork and knife arent sliding around everywhere. When they bring your food.drinks, they approach the table, unbeknownst to you, and say hello. You answer them and they tell you what they're bringing and where they're putting it.
            You can try to use your knife and fork, but no one can see you, so we used our hands a lot to feel around after several empty forks made it to our mouths.
            I had the grilled octopus which was amazing, and quite the portion! The entree was huge as well (chicken, potatoes, veg) and we chose a suprise dessert course which turned out to be a dark chocolate mousse.
            All in all, it was amazing, we didn't drink since we had to drive home that night, and with a very generous tip, it was under $100.
            It was an amazing experience, and I would love to go back with a group of friends! If you love a little excitement, try O Noir!