Dans Le Noir

We recently attended a very unique restaurant dining experience in London, it’s called Dans Le Noir?. This restaurant has been ranked among the Top 10 most original restaurants in the world! As it’s a unique sensory and human experience!

The Dans Le Noir Restaurant

What separates Dans Le Noir? from other restaurants is that they offer the opportunity to taste gourmet, creative and seasonal cuisine in complete darkness. Accompanied and served by unexpected guides. You are guided and served by blind or partially sighted person. The dining experience is designed to be a moment of positive empathy. It’s intended to break our preconceived ideas of disability. The reversal of roles allows us to perceive the richness of diversity from within our society

Eating in the dark will have many different surprises for diners. There are surprise menus on offer from their chef, Gabriel Manole. So, you don’t know what you’re getting! Don’t worry, there is options for vegans and vegetarians! The menu is cooked with quality ingredients which are 80% organic in the case of fruits and vegetables. You even get surprise wines!

Furthermore, what you eat is chosen for you. So you get to the restaurant and tell the servers what you like to eat and what you can’t eat. Then they adapt the meny to you. Allowing you to rediscover the flavours of your favourite foods!

So, by taking away just 1 of our senses it allows the flavours, aromas, textures and temperatures to be experienced differently! As all of your uncertain senses are fully awakened! You are able to focus your attention on taste, smelling, touching and tasting, a range of sensations that will stimulate your emotions!

Other diners

What’s even more amazing that while we were seated we couldn’t even see who was sat next to us. You’re freed from the weight of other people’s gazes and social conventions. Communication with others becomes simpler and more authentic and spontaneous! You’re able to resasses your relationship with others and the world around you. No more distractions from your phone! The person next to you can become a curiosity to explore. Therefore, bonds are forged through discussions which intermingle. The Dans Le Noir? dining experience really is an opportunity to meet and reflect on how we consume or have relationships with others!

After eating the Dans Le Noir? team will use photos to show you what you ate and drunk during your time there. As we were caught by surprise from what we were eating. We thought it was chicken when it wasn’t!

The Dans le Noir? Sensory Lounge

To go further, Dans le Noir ? also has a Sensory Lounge where they offer a range of convivial workshops:


Dans Le Noir? also offer blind wine tasting in complete darkness by their sommelier Fabio Sutera. So, rediscover wine via a multi-sensory approach combining both taste and smell!


This experience is only available by reservation, available for children aged between 6-12. So they can dine and arouse their curiosity, an excellent idea for a birthday maybe?


Also, there’s team building exercises! Want a unique team building experience at Dans Le Noir? You will be forced to step outside their comfort zone and co-operate to find solutions. They offer a convivial experience that breaks with the conventions and hierarchies, to dive into darkness and discover those around you, all without preconceptions.


The Dans Le Noir? restaurant will soon showcase a Sensory Escape Game! From March 2020 there will be a unique sensory and human experience on offer. While it’s a little way off, we cannot wait to try that out!


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