Visually impaired servers lead patrons into a completely dark dining room, where they eat gourmet meals with options for surprise dishes
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What You'll Get
- Dining-in-the-Dark Three-Course Dinner for Two People
- Dining-in-the-Dark Three-Course Dinner for Four People
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Not valid on Saturdays.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Subject to availability. Reservation required. Not valid on Valentine's Day. Not valid on Saturdays. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gift(s). Must use promotional value in 1 visit(s). Valid only for option purchased. May be repurchased every 30 days. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. 24-hour cancellation notice required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Dark Table
Dark Table's chefs create some delectable cuisine, but it's unlikely they will 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 colors 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.