Dark Table, a 75-seat restaurant on West 4th Avenue at Trafalgar (formerly Quattro), is scheduled to open September 20. The novel restaurant concept will blindside neighbourhood foodies. Dark Table guests dine in total darkness, assisted by “guide” waiters, many of which are blind.
Owner Moe Alameddine got the idea from Jorge Spielmann, “a blind man in Switzerland who launched the concept by blindfolding guests to give them an idea of what eating is like for a blind person,” according to this Vancouver Sun article. The Kitsilano location is Moe’s third blind dining restaurant in Canada. If the venture is as successful as the other blind dining launches, you’ll want to book ahead.
Dark Table will serve fusion Mediterranean cuisine. One entree remains a “surprise” which diners can guess at after ordering, for added culinary thrills.
I’m intrigued by the blind dining concept as a voyeuristic food writer. As a diner, however, I’m disinclined to want to dine in the dark. Given the choice, I like my restaurant sensory experience to include a look at my date and my dinner.
Would you try Dark Table? Why or why not? Weigh in below.
Last modified: September 6, 2012