Always fancied going for a meal at Dans Le Noir? but can’t afford the £150 price tag? Eating in the dark can be quite an experience but maybe not in the way you think…
- Its pitch black, no really.
Obviously that’s kind of the idea of Dans Le Noir? but you don’t really realise what that means until you get in there. We’re so used to having our phones, or being around street lights or even recognising our furniture in our room at night, but Dans Le Noir? is nothing like that. You can’t see a thing. You can’t even see your hand in front of your face. You keep waiting for your eyes to adjust but they don’t, and when you walk out they ache because they’ve been trying to focus on nothing for too long.
- You’ll be scared at first.
Walking into the restaurant for the first time you’re suddenly overtaken by a surprising sense of fear. A few people even get panicky and claustrophobic and run out. It’s almost as if your survival instincts kick in as soon as you realise you can’t see anything and you immediately want to stop and go back to where it’s safe. You’re imagining stairs are going to appear out of nowhere or someone’s going to attack you from behind, but don’t worry, it doesn’t last.
- Personal space isn’t a thing.
You can’t walk into Dans Le Noir? without having your hand on the shoulder of the person in front of you. You can’t find your seat without the waiter guiding you. Heck, you can’t even start a conversation with someone without tapping them on the arm first. Needless to say having your own personal space is someone you have to get over pretty quickly. Easier said than done when you’re in a room full of strangers, but then again you might have an About Time moment.
- You feel free… and a little bit naughty.
Once you’ve gotten used to the dark, it’s tempting to do things you wouldn’t normally. Not being able to see anything means no one can see you and it does make you feel liberated. Not only did I have to resist the urge to say things I shouldn’t at first, but I also realised that I stopped worrying about the way I looked to the person I was talking to. Slouching in my chair and biting my nails while we chatted about work, it didn’t matter because they couldn’t see me. One of the waiters even told us that they occasionally they get couples in the restaurant who have to be told to “behave”. Just FYI, if you’re planning on doing this the restaurant has night vision cameras for safety, so absolutely EVERYTHING is filmed.
- You’ll get a new perspective on the blind.
The whole idea of Dans Le Noir? is that you get to experience what it’s like to blind and to be led by the blind for once. For someone who hasn’t really spent much time around anyone who is blind, I was amazed at how much I depended on the waiters. They maneuvered the tables in the restaurant with ease, served us food and wine without any spillages and remembered everyone’s name and where they were sitting after the first minute. Things which must be a part of everyday life for them suddenly seemed unbelievable to me once I was the one who couldn’t see.
- Everyone yells.
One thing you don’t expected is that it is insanely loud in Dans Le Noir?, and it’s not because your hearing suddenly gets much better when you can’t see. Something about not being able to see the person you’re talking to makes you talk so much louder. Even though you know logically they can’t be that far away you just can’t tell, plus everyone feels the same way so you’re all trying to be heard over 60 other people.
- You have to eat like a pig.
Walking into Dans Le Noir? I presumed they’d have some fancy system to make sure we could eat and drink without spilling it down ourselves. Nope, you’re just expected to eat and drink in the dark. That means sticking your finger in your wine glass so you know when to stop pouring, spooning forkfuls of nothing into your mouth as you try to find your food and sticking your hand onto your place to check you’ve actually finished. Not to mention trying to guess what you’re actually eating.
Thanks go to Tru TV and Dans Le Noir? #TotalBlackout.