- 01. How dark is it?
- 02. How can I eat in the dark?
- 03. What if I need to use the toilet in the middle of the meal?
- 04. Why can’t I just turn my mobile phone on silent?
- 05. Why are your guides blind and visually impaired?
- 06. Are the chefs blind/visually impaired?
- 07. How regularly do you change the menu?
- 08. How will I move around in the dark dining room?
- 09. How will I place my order? How can I see the menu in the dark?
- 10. What about security matters?
- 11. Is the dark dining room monitored at all?
- 12. What kind of food do you serve?
- 13. What if I have allergies or other dietary restrictions?
- 14. How long will we stay in the dark dining room?
- 15. Can our “junior diners” join us?
- 16. Should we make reservations in advance?
How dark is it?
The dining room is completely pitch black. You can’t see your hand in front of your face.
How can I eat in the dark?
After a few minutes, your other senses will become more sensitive to this environment and you will quickly adjust to eating in complete darkness. If you are concerned about getting food on your clothes, we are happy to provide you with a bib or apron.
What if I need to use the toilet in the middle of the meal?
We encourage guests to use the toilet before entering the dining room. However, if you need to get to the toilet during dining, please call your guide by their first name and they will assist you.
Why can’t I just turn my mobile phone on silent?
Dining in the dark is a concept restaurant featuring a complete sensory experience. If you have your phone with you, you will be tempted to check it, and this small amount of light will detract from the entire dining experience for all of our guests. We recommend that our guests detach themselves from their worldly affairs and enjoy the meal and fellowship with your dining companions.
Why are your guides blind and visually impaired?
Blind and visually impaired people are naturally more comfortable and efficient in low light situations. When you enter our completely dark dining room, you will have to transfer your trust to your guide. This is not only a confidence booster, but also a wonderful way to raise awareness about the visually impaired and disabilities in general.
Are the chefs blind/visually impaired?
No, our chefs are not blind or visually impaired. The kitchen is well lit to ensure only the highest quality ingredients and industry standard preparation techniques are used.
How regularly do you change the menu?
We change our menu based on what ingredients are in season. If you plan to return to Noir soon, check with us about our menu status (who knows, you might have eaten the last day of our previous menu). This is also why it is essential that we get as many details from you as possible when you make your reservation.
How will I move around in the dark dining room?
For safety reasons, we strongly suggest that you remain seated and do not leave your seat unassisted, it might cause the incident to you and others . If you need to get up or leave the dining room for any reason, please call your guide’s name and they will be happy to guide you out of the dining area.
How will I place my order? How can I see the menu in the dark?
You will place your orders in the lighted lounge area. At Noir. Dining in the Dark, we exclusively serve set menus, so once your order is placed in the lounge area, you are set. Additional beverages may be ordered in the dining room from your guide. If you are vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions, please remind your guide as they serve your meal to avoid any confusion.
Would you like to see our set menus!? Please click menu
What about security matters?
Security is something that we take very seriously. The lockers where you place your light emitting items are locked and monitored by security camera. Lights in the dining room will automatically switch on in case of an emergency and there are emergency exits to provide safe routes in case of an incident.
Is the dark dining room monitored at all?
Yes, we have infrared CCTV cameras monitoring the dining area at all times and archive this footage. Please note that we only review this footage if there is a doubt about security, an incident or upon government authority’s request.
What kind of food do you serve?
At Noir. Dining in the Dark, we serve a range of set menus inspired by contemporary international and Vietnamese cuisine. Each dish is crafted with a wide range of diverse flavours designed to enhance the dining experience and to open minds about new ways of exploring food.
What if I have allergies or other dietary restrictions?
Please let our staff know about any dietary restrictions and/or allergies when you place your reservation. Kindly remind the staff upon your arrival to the restaurant. And lastly, remember to remind your guide about your dietary restrictions when they are serving you.
How long will we stay in the dark dining room?
Our guests spend between 1 to 1.5 hours in the dark dining room.If you wish to stay longer inside the dining room, we would advise you to have your eyes relax by closing time to time.
Can our “junior diners” join us?
Of course! Children aged 10 and above are welcome. For younger children, this experience may be a little frightening.
Should we make reservations in advance?
To avoid any disappointment, we advise all guests to book in advance to ensure that there is adequate space available.