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11 August 2009

Eat in absolute darkness

Your author was convinced he had written about this before, but clearly not. Appropriately so, perhaps, as last night he visited the Dans Le Noir restaurant in Clerkenwell for the first time.

The concept is simple. It's a restaurant where you dine in absolute darkness. Your author visited with some friends from the School of Life Play Course, which he took earlier in the year, and rumours were rife amongst the group about the poor quality of the food on offer. It possibly wasn't quite worth the price tag on its own (the £7 glass of wine certainly wasn't), but, there was no denying that the experience was unique, and the sensory deprivation was rather challenging.

At the restaurant, staffed by blind French waiters who lead diners to their table by touch, no light of any kind is allowed in the dining room and you have to leave all possessions, including telephones and cameras, in a locker before entering.

It's a concept which originated in Paris, and has spread to restaurants in a few places around the world. Last night it was a very interesting and pleasant experience, especially when you have tired eyes like your author did. For more information, visit http://www.danslenoir.com/london/

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