While eating blindfolded is not a new concept, Dining in the Dark is taking it to new places—both in the literal and figurative sense. Having already landed in major cities worldwide, including New York, Melbourne, and London, the tantalizing experience is also awakening palates in Austin. If you’re not entirely convinced of its edible power yet, keep reading to discover exactly why you should go to Dining in the Dark.
1. The opportunity to try a new and high-end restaurant
There’s nothing special about pulling down a blindfold to hear unnerving noises and taste average food, except of course being able to imagine you’re somewhere else! Luckily, Dining in the Dark is taking over reputable restaurants where the atmosphere is relaxed and refined, and the dishes being served are full of flavorful surprises.
The gastronomical event is on its way to Verbena, a sophisticated French-Mediterranean restaurant, which “shines a light on amazing tastes that surprise at every bite” and loyal customers have declared “never disappoints”. From the infinity edge pool on Level 2 and pool bar to the trendy courtyard, dining at the Canopy Hotel’s Verbena restaurant is a unique experience.
2. The power to choose
Dining in the Dark is a plan that prides itself on maintaining a sense of mystery. However, there are dietary requirements and personal preferences to be considered. And in the spirit of being accommodating, guests are asked to choose a meat, seafood, or vegan menu option when purchasing their tickets. This means that everyone can enjoy a heightened, multisensory meal in Austin.
3. Forcing yourself out of your comfort zone
We’re not equating donning a blindfold and trying to distinguish textures and ingredients to jumping out of a plane, BUT placing yourself in a position where you can’t rely on your eyes is a fun way to confront any self-doubt. Sure, there will be a few tentative grabs for cutlery and shaky spoonfuls, but there will also be a lot of laughter and entertainment. There’s nothing like strange situtations and navigating unknown territory to bring out the best in us!
4. Shaking up your typical date night plans
Maybe it’s the first, or even 100th time you’ve dined with this significant other, whatever the situation, having conversation starters almost handed to you on a silver plate, blindfolds, and a decadent three-course meal is conducive to a memorable date. While we accept ordering food and binging the next season of your favorite show as a perfectly respectable plan, date night can use some spicing up every now and again. And Dining in the Dark is a sure-fire way to add a bit of zest to a typical meal with your special someone.
5. Getting to pretend like you’re on a cooking show
Ah taste tests! The chance to feel smug or like you’re a tense contestant on MasterChef. Enjoy being a critic for a while and show off your skills. All of the prolonged chewing and focused tasting allows you to channel your inner Gordon Ramsay. What’s more, identifying heightened tangs, sweet flavors, velvety bites, and more is at the heart of Dining in the Dark. And if you consider yourself a major foodie, your knowledge and taste buds will definitely be put to test!
Are you tempted yet? Previous diners have described the experience as “really well organised” and “fabulous from start to finish.” So what are you waiting for? Invite friends, family, or someone special along to try Dining in the Dark in Austin.