Without the sense of sight, the senses of touch, taste, hearing and smell are intensified, allowing a new perception of reality”
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Dark Table was a dining experience like no other. The restaurant is designed to give diners a few hours of blindness, and an afterthought that what might be a short adventure for you is a lifetime reality for others. Walking in a pitch black dining room was truly harrowing for me. As I clung to the shoulders of my server, my eyes struggled to find even the tiniest glimpse of light.
Within the first 5 minutes of being seated, I found myself fighting the urge to close my eyes. When I had finally stopped resisting, our appetizer had arrived. Although it was definitely the best salad I had ever eaten, I could not tell you a single ingredient in it (maybe kale, like the couple beside me had been pondering). Each time I put my fork down, I was sure to place it strategically next to the wall for easy access. Even then, there were multiple times when I thought my fork had disappeared of the face of my table.
The entrée no doubt was the most the most interesting part of my meal. Before we entered the restaurant, we were provided with a menu where we had several choices, including a “Surprise Dish.” I went with the beef tenderloin, which I proceeded to attempt to cut with a butter knife. Unable to see my plate, I managed to push a majority of the food off my plate and onto the table before realizing that it had already been pre-cut. How glad was I that none of the other patrons could see me!
Overall, it was a fun experience and one that I would highly recommend trying at least once.
Dark Table is open now in Kitsilano at 2611 W4th. Reservations are recommended.