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Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Dans Le Noir - Clerkenwell, London

I was summoned to head office this week for a short meeting and an evening out with my ten colleagues

It was a mystery evening in that we were deliberately not told where we were going. the boss took great delight in this

We had a few drinks on Grays Inn Road and walked to this mystery location in Clerkenwell Green

Dans Le Noir its called  - we were to eat in the dark - the pitch black dark

What an unnerving experience! We had to choose one of three options - Blue (fish), Green (veggie) or Red (meat) and then what was to be served to us was a mystery that would only be revealed after the meal was finished

The front of house staff where typical Frenche types but the actual serving staff were all blind or partially sighted. I have to say I found that aspect unsettling - were we exploiting them? or giving them a good job they might not normally have? i didnt enquire as to the exact ts&cs of their employment...

You literally were led into a pitch black room like blind mice holding onto each others paws and sat down at your seat - you could only rely on sound, smell, touch and taste - nothing could be seen. The food was then brought to you and the staff, like ourselves, had to rely on voices and memory of where things were - plates, glasses, cutlery.

The experience was spoilt somewhat by some of my colleagues, who though quite nice normally, were compensating against their discomfort by being noisy and, at one stage, singing in unison the full theme tune to Home and Away - all noise was amplified by what i presume was a small room and by the lack of vision.

Really we needed to concentrate on the food - I had ate and munched and enjoyed my mystery three courses - half expecting that i was eating kangaroo or something. Knives and forks were pretty futile as you cant get the damn stuff on there if you dont know where it is on the plate - so I was eating haute cuisine with myfingers after a while with a big napkin covering my thorax that was tucked in at the neck.

When the ordeal was over (it was a bit of an ordeal although an intriguing one) I was shown what the food was and what it wouldve looked like - I had had for starter, smoked pigeon (yuck!), for mains a three meat combo of beef fillet, lamb noisettes, and white boar. The dessert was just some posh sort of chocalate mousse.

I didnt risk staying for coffee

I suppose it was a reminder how fortunate the vast majority of us are to have our senses and what a gift proper vision is - its a still a beautiful world if you lift your head up to look around and stop staring at the gutter
Butts

Friends of ours did the same at a place in Newcastle and found the whole experience unsettling, if not upsetting. A bit like you they found the thing interesting on an intellectual level but hardly enjoyable.
Carp

Not for me. I wouldn't enjoy that at all.
bearing

The food sounded nice Bullseye, I agree on the darkness though, not sure I'd find it pleasant.
sheeps

Mrs. Sheeps want's to know if there's a place where you can't hear owt?
Pond Life

Not sure i want any part of that at all.
Forest

sheeps wrote:
Mrs. Sheeps want's to know if there's a place where you can't hear owt?


Pardon.
Pond Life

At least i wouldn't have to look at blokes wearing sandals.
bearing

Forest wrote:
sheeps wrote:
Mrs. Sheeps want's to know if there's a place where you can't hear owt?


Pardon.


Why say pardon when sheeps typed that query?
Forest

bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
sheeps wrote:
Mrs. Sheeps want's to know if there's a place where you can't hear owt?


Pardon.


Why say pardon when sheeps typed that query?


What?
bearing

Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
sheeps wrote:
Mrs. Sheeps want's to know if there's a place where you can't hear owt?


Pardon.


Why say pardon when sheeps typed that query?


What?


You got dyslexia or summat?

*really hopes he hasn't*

**prepares to put foot in mouth**
Forest

bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
Forest wrote:
sheeps wrote:
Mrs. Sheeps want's to know if there's a place where you can't hear owt?


Pardon.


Why say pardon when sheeps typed that query?


What?


You got dyslexia or summat?

*really hopes he hasn't*

**prepares to put foot in mouth**


Eh?
Fin

bearing wrote:
**prepares to put foot in mouth**

Thats what happens when you eat in the dark
Carp

Pond Life wrote:
Not sure i want any part of that at all.


You shouldn't be like that about Mrs Sheeps.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Carp wrote:
Not for me. I wouldn't enjoy that at all.



I wouldnt go again, i suspect many dont, but thought it was a good idea in that it made us feel closer as a team and it was an experience

being in London and in a relatively fashionable area i should imagine it does a good trade in business lunches and finance houses bringing interviewees there to unsettle them

I didnt enjoy the food especially - it was good, but the idea that the taste and sense of smell was enhanced didnt come off. if i'm honest i was pleased i could lean against the wall at the end of the table, was in the corner and even then i ended up shielding my eyes most of the time in fear of getting the corner of a tray or a stray fork in my peepers

also I want to see and inspect anything before i eat it - that is primeval human instinct !!
sheeps

Carp wrote:
Pond Life wrote:
Not sure i want any part of that at all.


You shouldn't be like that about Mrs Sheeps.


No, actually he's not a bad judge.

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