Friday, 30 December 2011
How do you like to eat in total darkness?? It's very interesting. There is a restaurant in TO called O.Noir which will just give you that experience. The door to the restaurant was even in the dark, very not noticeable place and at the door, it is cover in black curtains which makes you wonder if this place is open for business or not.
When you walk inside, there was a bar and a waiting area where they presented the menu to you. You can chose a 2 course or 3 course meal ranging from appetizer, main and dessert with 3-4 options for each. The waitress takes your order out in the light before you head into the black room. After you order, the waiter will walk you to your table. We were like shoulder to shoulder walking in, the hardest part was going through the door in the dark, not sure if the door was going to hit you. Once you are seated, you just feel your surroundings on the table of where your plate and utensils. The server then came around with the basket of bread. It was so hard to butter the bread in the dark. You pick up the knife to pick up some butter and then try to spread it on the bread not knowing if the butter has already fallen off the knife until you try to eat the bread and realize there was no butter on it! After some tries, finally just put the entire block of butter onto the bread somewhere and ate it.
I had the grilled portobello mushrooms as appetizers, it was very tasty. Not sure if it is because I wasn't able to see anything that my other senses got stronger. It was hard picking up the food with your fork and then when you put it to your mouth, the mushroom has dropped back to the plate already. And the other thing was that you don't know when you are done! You can't see the plate to see if you ate everything so I had to use my fingers to fill around the plate to see if there were anymore food left.
Finally to the main course, I had the shrimp risotto. The shrimp was seasoned very well and very delicious. The risotto was a bit hard and dry so it was not very impressive. I skipped the dessert as I had no idea what kind of a mess I would make from eating chocolate mousse. The restaurant got really noisy as we ate as more people came in. There was only one person who dropped the glass on the floor the time we were there. And with the dark, the sense of hearing gets a lot stronger. I was listening to a lot of different conversations surrounding my but I had no clue where they are from. After our meal, the waiter leaded us back out to the light and wow, my eyes were like blind!! It was a very interesting experience and it is definitely worth to try it once in your life.
620 Church Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 2G2