A restaurant is the perfect place for a first date because you can converse while satisfying your date's vital need for liquids, sauces, breads, and meats. Nourish your love with this Groupon.
- $54 for a three-course dinner in the dark for two, with a starter, entree, and dessert for each person (a $78 value)
- Click to view the menu, which offers "surprise dishes" in each category
A greeter welcomes patrons to the restaurant and invites them to peruse the menu in a lit area. Diners then meet their guide server, a blind person who takes them to the table, where meals and conversations unfold completely in the dark. Cell phones, tablets, and other light-producing electronics aren't allowed, so diners in need of assistance must ask their guide for help.
Meals typically last around 90 minutes. Some dietary restrictions may be accommodated upon request.
Dark Table's chefs create some delectable cuisine, but you're unlikely to hear anyone say it looks good. That's because not a single beam of light penetrates the restaurant's dining room. Not from interior lights, not from the streets, and not from electronic devices. In this darkness a new experience awaits, one that relies on the staff of blind or visually impaired servers. They lead customers to tables, help them to washrooms, and retrieve gourmet cuisine from the kitchen (which is lit, though diners never see this). Upon returning, the guide servers announce the arrival of preselected entrees such as veal schnitzel, peppered garlic prawns, or—for indecisive diners—surprise dishes left to the chef's discretion.
Dark Table's owner, restaurateur Moe Alameddine, drew inspiration for this culinary adventure from a Swiss gentleman named Jorge Spielmann. Blind, Mr. Spielmann wanted others to experience his world—if only for a brief moment. So, he blindfolded some friends and served them a meal. The results were captivating. Deprived of sight, his guests claimed that their remaining senses were heightened. Flavours seemed more complex, and conversations became more intimate and less focused on the colours of everyone's socks. But most importantly, social roles had been reversed. The diners had to put their complete trust in their host.
And aside from gourmet food, this role reversal is what Dark Table is all about. The non-sighted servers are empowered, and for 90 minutes, each diner lives life as a blind person. For Alameddine, this experience is a chance to raise awareness about the blind and abate the high unemployment rates within this community. To the latter point, he hires servers in a partnership with CNIB, an organization that helps blind or partially sighted Canadians achieve independence.
What an unique experience to rely on my sense of tastes, smell, and sound.Nancy W., 12/11/12
So fun!!! Def returning. Thanks to whoever came up with this awesome idea!Rocje;;e P/. 2/20/13
Tips from Groupon Customers
“Enjoy the experience and appreciate being lucky to have the sense of sight. Food was good too”
“Go it's an amazing experience and the food is great too! The staff were lovely, would highly recommend.”
“What a great experience how to appreciate your senses and to be grateful for your sight as it is amazing when you eat your food without seeing that you have to depend...”
“What a great experience how to appreciate your senses and to be grateful for your sight as it is amazing when you eat your food without seeing that you have to depend on touch and smell to enjoy and eat your food. I would highly recommend this everyone to try to eat your meal in a way you have never done before. And to not have your cell phone on so that your attention is on your the company you are with. I now want to share this experience with others as it would be the best restaurant gift card ever. So glad I got this groupon to experience something amazing and to trust my server (who is blind) to bring me to my table and serve my meal was so worth it.”
2611 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 3V9