Noir

     

Picture the scene, it’s Natalie’s birthday & as always I’m on the hunt for something unique to surprise her with. If we were at home I would be prepping for this day weeks or even months in advance, however, life on the road doesn’t permit that; so once I knew for sure that we would be in Ho Chi Minch City, I had khổng lồ act fast. And then I saw, Dining in the Dark…

A UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCE – DINING IN THE DARK IN HO CHI MINH

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Thankfully it didn’t take much research lớn come across Noir. Being ranked as one of the top restaurants in HCMC with solid outstanding Đánh Giá on Trip Advisor, I was naturally curious to lớn find out more. And it was only after reading through some of the comments that the penny finally dropped. Noir is Vietnams first & only dining in the dark experience. I’d heard of similar restaurants baông chồng in London, but admittedly I hadn’t ever been tempted to lớn try one. I guess there’s something daunting about not being able khổng lồ see what you are eating – Plus I’m a messy eater at the best of times! Noir did sound special though. Not only did they have sầu exceptional Reviews, but I also learned that a large percentage of their employees are either deaf or blind/visually impaired. I found it inspiring that they were offering these individuals a career trajectory & that a percentage of profits is donated to lớn local supporting charities. I was looking for something out of the ordinary & it seemed I had found it, so I immediately made a reservation.

As we arrived at Noir. we were politely greeted by the manager & asked to lớn take a seat in the lounge area. There we enjoyed a complimentary welcome drink as he eloquently described what we could expect from the evening. I had decided to lớn keep Natalie in the dark (excuse the pun) until we arrived at the restaurant, therefore it was amusing to see the bewildered look on her face as it was explained that our dining experience was to be in complete darkness. We were told that without sight, all of our other senses are heightened; therefore we would be using taste & texture to lớn identify the food and touch to navigate our way around the table.


THE MENU

From the menu we were given the option of 3 different cuisines – Western, Eastern or Vegetarian, however, all dishes would be kept a secret until the end of the meal. There was also an extensive drinks menu including wine, cocktails, spirits or even secret pairing options. After both deciding on the Western menu and a nice bottle of Malbec, there was one last thing for us khổng lồ vì. As a fun và creative way of preparing us for the dining experience, we were presented with a simple puzzle that was khổng lồ be completed blindfolded. As we struggled to lớn identify the correct shapes for the empty spaces, we revelled in amusement at how we were ever going to manage to feed ourselves in complete darkness.


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When it was our turn to be seated we eagerly made our way towards the dining room. Understandably they bởi not permit any phones or other light sources in the room, therefore we were asked lớn store any belongings we had in the lockers outside. Next, we were introduced khổng lồ our blind waiter ‘Bow’, whom through the heavyweight of darkness, very carefully lead us to lớn our seats. Following a brief explanation on how to lớn navigate the table, we were left to lớn our own devices. And it wasn’t long before we broke out inkhổng lồ nervous giggles. Being immersed in darkness with nothing but the gentle sound of other diners as company, was understandably a little strange at first. However, after successfully locating the wine, it didn’t take us long khổng lồ relax inlớn the situation. And all there was to lớn worry about then, was what culinary delights they had in store for us!

The first course was served promptly và consisted of 4 different dishes, strategically laid out on a tray in front of us. We were advised to start from the top right & work our way clockwise, leaving our inner child wondering – ‘what will happen if I don’t?’ But anyhow we played by the rules, và with each dish were rewarded with an explosion of different flavours và textures. We took absolute delight in guessing what each of the dishes could be và therefore were pleased that we followed their recommendation lớn have the same thực đơn. We toyed with using the cutlery at first, however soon discovered we could eat far more efficiently using our fingers, & for this, we were grateful that nobody toàn thân could see us. Well apart from the infrared cameras that they no doubt have installed!

Ultimately we were served 11 incredible dishes – 4 starters, 4 mains và 3 desserts, each completely chất lượng & delectable in taste. When we were done, we were taken back to the lounge area & quizzed on the food we had eaten. The quiz revealed that the palate sure can be deceiving when you are unable to lớn see what is in front of you. Unfortunately, I can’t discthất bại any of the dishes that we sampled that night, as they only update the thực đơn quarterly (and I wouldn’t want lớn spoil the fun for anyone). However what I can say, is that we tried things that we would never have sầu thought to order ourselves. Yet we thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them.

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL

As the evening drew to lớn a cthua, it has to be said that we were both a little sad it was over. However, thankfully there was one final surprise khổng lồ come. I had organised for the restaurant to lớn prepare Natalie a birthday cake, and as we finished the last of our wine, appreciating what a fantastic evening it had been, the staff gathered to sing her a happy birthday. First with the song & then in sign language by their deaf employees. It was a beautiful kết thúc, khổng lồ a beautiful evening, and when I saw it bring tears (of joy) lớn Natalie’s eyes I knew I’d done well!

I can’t express enough what a chất lượng and wonderful experience Noir was for us. All of the staff ensured we had a magical evening from start khổng lồ end & we can’t wait khổng lồ experience dining in the dark again, somewhere else in the world.

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Did you enjoy our experience of dining in the dark in Ho Chi Minh?

Well, that concludes our unique experience dining in the dark in Ho Chi Minh. We hope you enjoy your time in this magical country. If you have sầu any questions or feel we have sầu missed anything, please reach out khổng lồ us in the bình luận section below, through our tương tác us page. Don’t forget khổng lồ follow us on Instagram here where we share further travel advice & inspiration.

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