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Dine in the dark and do your bit for charity

Now you can dine in the dark, literally, at Noire in Fairmont Hotel and let your taste buds do the rest

  • By Abhishek Sengupta, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:00 August 21, 2013

  • Image Credit: Supplied photo
  • Unique meal: At Noire you can taste and smell the food but you can't see it.

Dubai: You surely must have heard of a blind date, but have you ever fancied a blind dinner?

Well, if you haven’t and would like to experience it, all you need to do is head to Noire at the Fairmont Hotel’s Spectrum on One. The special dining night will be held from Fridays to Mondays from September 6.

Termed the new black in town, Noire, promises to turn the age old saying of ‘first impressions count’ on its head as it will make you re-evaluate your perceptions differently in complete darkness. “Noire will offer guests a completely unique sensory experience. They will be able to smell the food, taste it, feel it or even hear it sizzle but won’t be able to see it,” explains executive chef Lorraine Sinclair.

In fact, guests are expected to experience a complete loss of vision for one-and-a-half hours, putting their trust in the hands of the Scottish culinary expert.

“So much of our opinions of taste are influenced by how a dish is presented even before we’ve taken a bite,” she said.

Since Noire questions peoples’ dependency on sight, it’s only apt that Sightsavers, an international charity helping the blind in more than 30 developing countries has also teamed up. For the record, Dh27 from each dinner experience will be donated to Sightsavers.

“The impact of this contribution is considerable. For example, a blind dinner for two can effectively prevent blindness by funding surgery for a cataract sufferer in India, while the proceeds of one dinner alone can provide training for one community drag distributor and prevent River Blindness for seven children in Africa,” explained Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Director General of Sightsavers, over the phone from Sudan.

Servers will however don state-of-the-art night vision goggles to help guide their way in the restaurant.

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