An experience I will never forget. I wanted to try something new and I thought it would be great for a few friends of mine to experience this restaurant with me. I didn’t tell them where we were going because I wanted it to be a surprise.
Dans Le Noir is a restaurant in Clerkenwell, London. The restaurant name may give it away but if it doesn’t it means to “dine in the dark”. You are served and hosted by visually impaired staff throughout your time at the restaurant.
One thing I will say is if you are surprising people with a meal out make sure they are not claustrophobic, something I didn’t do and turns out someone was. Oops.
As you enter the main building you have a bar to order your drinks and you have a choice of surprise menus to chose from.
White – Exotic I won’t give it all away!
Red – Meat based dish
Blue – Fish
Green – Vegetarian
We all chose different surprise menus but I opted for Green.
So you are led along the corridor by your host, as mentioned your hosts are visually impaired so we all put our hands on the shoulders of each other in a single line whilst being led through a curtain into the pitch black restaurant.
At this point you are in all unknowns and questions run through your mind, who else is in this room? what does it look like? what if I bump into something? All sorts of things pop in your head and you are also extremely trusting of your host to make sure you are in safe hands. Don’t worry they have infrared camera’s so other staff can keep an eye on you.
Dans Le Noir is extremely well run and the staff are amazing. You really appreciate your senses being in this restaurant. Your hearing is heightened, your taste buds are going into overdrive, sense of smell again everything seems over powering, touching really is a sensation, although it is dark I remained with my eyes open but after a while it made sense to just shut them because you couldn’t anything other than black even that was hard though as your mind is telling you to keep looking around.
We were guided by our host with our hands where everything was on the table. The strangest thing for me was I had seen our host in the light so I was imagining at that point we were still in the light and I could see his movements and his face in my mind even though my eyes were seeing nothing.
I went through many emotions throughout my time in the restaurant, laughter with my friends because we were struggling to find our cutlery after we moved it around on the table, I did also accidentally spill some water on the table behind, I don’t know how. I also had a feeling of sorrow, although what the staff here do is what any other person that does and makes a living many of us don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone and sight is so precious.
We went for a three course meal, I won’t tell you too much about the food other than it tasted delicious as I don’t want to spoil the surprise for you. We all gave up with the cutlery in the end and used our hands. Perhaps not a great move if you are wearing white as I guarantee you will walk out with some leftovers on your clothes.
Our surprise cocktail was delicious also but you won’t get to find out anything until after your meal where you will be told exactly what you had for dinner. Surprise!!
We had such a blast here and it will be an experience I will never forget.
In fact this will be a restaurant I never ever forget.
I would like to thank the staff for an amazing experience and how professional and polite everyone was.
I would absolutely one hundred billion trillion percent recommend you try this place out. It’s truly remarkable. Enough said please go and experience this out for yourself.
They offer gift vouchers so if you want to treat someone for a birthday present this would be such an amazing gift.
You can follow the restaurant on Social media pages or call 0044 (0)20 7253 1100
To find Dans Le Noir head to:
30-31 Clerkenwell Green
Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I genuinely hope you enjoy Dans Le Noir just as much as I did.