Alright! If you want to try something new, a bit adventurous, and just crazy - you have to try The Dark Table!
The Dark Table is located in Vancouver, and it's our first ever Blind Dining Experience in BC!
What is it you ask? It's an opportunity to experience what it might be like to be visually impaired, in a dine-out setting. You get to enjoy a delicious dinner with your significant other in a pitch-black room, only having to use your other senses! We hear that once one of your senses are removed the rest of them enhance, it's a great way to see if it's actually true!
If you're not from the lower mainland, check to see if you have one in your area!
My husband Sam and I were given an opportunity to try this unique dine-out experience. We were both excited, but also nervous! The more I thought about how different and how many unknown factors there was going to take place, the more I got nervous.
"How was I going to eat? How are they going to bring us to our table? Is it going to be embarrassing?"
But in the midst of those thoughts, I still got a thrill of excitement. You hear about people's experiences, you see it in the movies. But to experience it for yourself is a whole other dealio! For once, I had no idea what to expect.
When we arrived at the restaurant, you meet the hostess at the front doors. They were really friendly. They took our names, and handed us a menu. Right by the doors there are seats and a heater to keep you warm as you look through the menu.
They give you three options: to do a full three-course meal, or to do an appetizer and entree, or entree and dessert. It really depended on how hungry you were! Sam and I went for the three-course meal, naturally.
Before you go in, you place your order with the hosts. Then, you wait for your server to come out to get you. Our server's name was Dustin, he came out of the door and introduced himself to us. He was very professional. Dustin met us at the door, and explained to us what we will be doing next.
Then we entered through the doors, shoulder to shoulder.
Of course, the first thing we had to do was use the washrooms first. Hah. So we made a quick detour in the dark.
And it was dark. Really dark.
Once I was inside, I found myself trying to look around to see if I could find any light. I definitely couldn't.
Dustin guided us through the restaurant, letting us know if we were making a right or a left. I was very impressed. I couldn't quite comprehend how he knew which tables to avoid and which ones to bring us to. My mind was blown to say the least.
The first thing I did when I sat down was feel around the table. I needed to know where things were exactly. Fork, knife, plate, napkin, and a glass. Perfect.
Slowly, our food started to arrive. For our first appetizer, I started using a fork and started poking around. I kept getting vegetables. At this point, I had no idea what we had. I couldn't tell what the vegetables were, it tasted familiar, but I couldn't place a name on it. I seemed to be missing the main dish in the appetizer, so I put my fork down and with my index finger poked at my plate. Yes, I used my fingers. It gave me a better idea of what I was eating, and whatever it was, it was delicious!
Sam on the other hand continued to eat like a gentleman and used his utensils. For the first two dishes, I tried to use them, put them down and used my hands. I was clearly incapable of using a fork and knife in the dark.
I could definitely tell my hearing and taste sense were more sensitive. I've tasted cheeses, steak, vegetables before but everything seemed to taste just a bit better from what I remembered.
The food we received was portioned well, and so filling! I'm prone to my eyes driving the amount of food I eat, so not being able to see how much I was eating allowed me to be full when I was actually full. Despite it being pitch black, the atmosphere was great! The music was playing in the background, but it wasn't too loud. It was quiet enough for your server to be able to hear you if you needed their help and service.
The cool part about the experience is how you can hear people experiencing the same thing as you are. It's a first for most of the people there, and it's quite interesting to be able to experience the same unique thing together.
Another awesome part is how interactive this dining experience is! You don't know what you're eating, so you're having to trust your senses. You also don't know where or what you're doing, so you're really needing to trust your server more then you would in a regular restaurant.
Sidenote* because we weren't able to use our phones because of the light, it forced and created room for Sam and I to actually be in conversation with one another instead of being on our phones. This was definitely a plus!
There's an adventurous element to the Blind Dining Experience, but once we were done, Sam and I had experienced something new together and loved it! If you're feeling a bit adventurous, you got to give this a try! Whether it's for Valentines Day or just for a fun date night, I'd highly recommend this!
Huge thanks to The Dark Table for your hospitality, and for providing such a great dining experience for my husband and I. We're definitely coming back!