Noire – Dining In The Dark

Have you ever wondered what it must feel like to eat without actually seeing what you’re about to eat? Well, if you go to Noire Restaurant, then you won’t have to wonder anymore.

Dining in the Dark is a concept of dining where the diners do not see the food that they are eating. The basic idea is that the removal of vision enhances the other senses thus increasing gastronomic pleasure. It has been around since 1999 with restaurants opening in many parts of the world and one of them is Noire located at the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai.


When I first learned about it, I will admit that I felt kind of scared because first and foremost, I don’t want to lose my sense of vision even for a minute. Secondly, how can I take a picture of the food when everything is served in the dark? Lastly, just the thought of being blind is scary in itself. But then again, I thought to myself, “If we never try, we’ll never know” so off we went to the restaurant.

The experience starts at around 8pm and we were too excited that we arrived 30 minutes before. The other guests for the night I believe were excited as well as they were all waiting to be seated outside when we arrived.

It starts with the waiters asking for your dietary preference and if you have any allergies and I think they’ve already asked this too as soon as guests made the reservation. It then starts with a briefing before entering the actual restaurant.

So obviously, the most important reminder is that cellphones are not allowed and then you can pretty much be as normal as possible and talk as softly or loudly as you want as if you’re dining in a restaurant with the lights on. Only the waiters are able to see through their goggles and they just don’t want any lights so it doesn’t spoil the fun for everyone.

When we finally entered, we were guided by the waiters and we went in per table and to be honest, it wasn’t that hard or scary at all. A few minutes after we settled in, I got accustomed to the darkness and it didn’t feel awkward, to say the least. For a time, I didn’t miss the lights and I waited in anticipation for the dishes that they will serve.

Fast forward to the end of the meal and the chefs were waiting outside to explain the dishes that we just ate. It’s funny because what I thought was chicken turned out to be a steak but at least I got the starter part right which was an octopus. It was really amusing and I noticed that everyone clearly had a great time.

To sum up, dining in the dark is I believe one of the most amazing and unique dining experiences I have ever had and it kind of changed my perspective of the world in general. At the end of the meal, it will make you realize how important your eyesight is and how all the sensory organs of our body work simultaneously to make us function properly every single day.

I would highly recommend you try Noire Restaurant’s Dining in the Dark even once as it’s really a one of a kind experience where you can let the rest of your senses take over and you’ll be able to enjoy the smell, the texture and taste of food in a way you never thought was possible.

Priced at AED 325, this exclusive 1 ½ hour Dubai dining experience includes a surprise three-course gourmet menu with paired beverages and for more information about Noire, you may visit their website or call +971 4 311 8316, email dbi.fbconcierge@fairmont.com

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2 comments

  1. Hello,

    I loved this post and I will be visiting Dubai soon, so I want to experience dining in the dark. My question to you is, how did you finally end up taking photographs of the dishes? I would like to take photos too.

    Thank you.
    Keep up the good work.

    Salted Caramel.

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