Dans le Noir

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Although it’s part sensory experience and part social experiment, there seems to be no shortage of volunteers willing to eat in complete darkness at Dans Le Noir. Diners assemble in a noisy bar with a ‘surprise cocktail’ before stuffing their belongings into swimming pool-like lockers and stumbling into the pitch-black dining room, aided by waiters with walkie-talkies. In keeping with the mystery of the exercise, gastronomic guinea pigs can choose between four different ‘surprise’ menus (including a vegetarian version), but are left to guess exactly what’s on the plate in front of them. The cooking style is described as ‘global with influences from French cuisine’, and darkness is intended to heighten the sense of taste – although you can’t help feeling that too much emphasis is put on the novelty of the whole shebang, at the expense of attention to detail in the kitchen.

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Dans le Noir

30-31 Clerkenwell Green ,London EC1R 0DU

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Nov 2013

I went here for the experience. An experience I would not like to be put through again. Apart from the waitress, our experience was pretty bad. The food was luke warm and the day we went, the heating had broken so we were sitting in a dark cold room which felt like a cold cellar. We asked about the heating but was told it will get warmer when more customers arrive. The whole time we were cold so could not enjoy the evening. When I informed the manager of our cold food he just said its for health/safety...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 1

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Dans le Noir

30-31 Clerkenwell Green ,London EC1R 0DU

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Aug 2009

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Editor's pick Now, it’s not often that you find yourself partaking in a conga line at the beginning of an evening’s entertainment – normally that curious pleasure is reserved solely for the initiation of drunken uncles once things are well underway – but then this was no ordinary night out. So it came to pass that my companion and I were instructed to form an orderly queue with eight other diners, each placing our right hand on the right shoulder of the person in front. There was a sudden burst of excitement...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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    Tasting Menu at Evoluzione, Hotel Xenia LondonThat Adventurer :: Dans Le Noir, London | That Adventurer

    As if a luxury weekend in Snowdonia wasn’t a good enough way to celebrate my birthday on my return to London I was whisked off to a surprise destination to celebrate even further. I stepped off the tube at Farringdon, walked a few minutes, turned and a corner and saw where we were going: Dans Le Noir.

    If you haven’t watched the film ‘About Time‘ then, first things first, you need to, and secondly you may not have heard about the restaurant Dans Le Noir or know the concept. The concept is a simple one; especially when you know that “Dans Le Noir” translates from French into “in the dark”...
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