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Local Dark Table Restaurant - Blind Dining

Discussion in 'Food, Drinks and Dining' started by milquetoast, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Anyone been yet? Looks intriguing and fun. $39 for a 3 course dinner, $33 for a 2 course dinner.

    http://www.darktable.ca

    2611 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano)
    Vancouver, BC V6K 1P8

    Phone: 604-739-3275 (DARK)
    Email : info@darktable.ca

    How it works
    Upon arrival in the lighted lounge, take your time and choose from our menu.

    When you’re ready, you’ll be led to your table in the dark dining room by a blind, or visually impaired server who has been trained to ensure your comfort at all times.

    Once seated, you’ll have the opportunity to adjust to the darkness and truly give yourself to this extraordinary experience. No light producing technologies are allowed in the dining room, including flashlights, cellphones, or luminous watches.

    Dark Table is owned by Moe Alameddine, founder of O.Noir, Canada’s only blind dining restaurants in Montreal and Toronto.

    With an unemployment rate of 70%, the blind face obvious challenges in a society that is preoccupied with visual communication, but in a dark dining environment, the tables are turned—the non-sighted servers guide the sighted.
     
  2. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Went tonight, it was pretty fun experience! Rose, our waitress was terrific and friendly. We were on the quieter darker side of the restaurant. By dark, I mean no difference between closing my eyes and opening them. I couldn't see shit :laugh:. The other side (closer to the washrooms) seemed to have more light interruptions from the curtains opening so your experience may vary based on where you are seated.

    My date and I each had the 2 course meal (one of us had the appetizer, the other got the dessert so we could both share).

    The surprise appetizer was messy to eat but decently sized. A lot of it ended up off the plate, so it might have been better if they used a bowl. Had to use my hands a lot for this one.
    The mains were good. We had the veal and the peppercorn tenderloin.
    The surprise dessert that night honestly tasted like a poppy seed muffin (it's not). A bit dry and a very small portion.

    The food overall was good. Not amazing but not at all bad. You can find out what the surprise dishes were when you pay. We were spot on with the appetizer but failed with the dessert. Would recommend for a decent meal, good service and a unique experience.

    Here's a picture of me and my entrée :p.
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    PS: Don't be afraid to use your hands, just go to the washroom after. Plus it's part of the experience to walk through the restaurant with your server. They have fancy Japanese toilets.

    After dinner, we went to Sweet Obsessions to pick up some desserts :). Same address number, just a few blocks south (2611 W 16th Ave).
     
  3. honeycomb

    honeycomb Junior Member

    Sounds like you had quite the blind date. Heh heh, I just couldn't help myself :D
     
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  4. Night Of GuardianS

    Night Of GuardianS Active Member

    No Sexual activities in the dark?
     
  5. I went to dark table last weekend and had a horrible time. I explained to the staff during the reservation that I was allergic to walnuts. Guess what came in my salad - WALNUTS! I couldn't see what I was eating and the next thing I know I am running blind folded through a restaurant that I haven't seen and I run smack dab into a door breaking my arm. Thankfully my reaction to the walnuts was rather minor or I otherwise I could be dead!
     
  6. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Yikes, they don't seem to have a very good track record for handling allergies and special requests. How did the restaurant handle the situation?
     

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