Dining in the dark is not for everyone. I, for one, like to see the food I’m eating because it’s easier to eat—obviously. However, it’s no secret that what we see conditions our experience and this is no different when it comes to the food we eat.
It’s the reason why plating—how the dishes at restaurants are arranged, decorated and presented—is such an important facet of the restaurant experience. The aesthetic appeal intends to excite us, to have us salivate and ready to dig in asap.
But, does our sense of sight blind us? Does it actually take away from the taste of our food? Or, are we cheating ourselves out of temporary super-human abilities? Fever’s popular “Dining in the Dark” event is an experience backed by psychologists as a way to enjoy food even more than we already do. In other words, we might be.
According to studies, your sense of taste is heightened by your loss of sight. But, Fever isn’t asking to do away with their eyes. Instead, all you need to do to put this trick to the test is step inside a darkened restaurant, don a blindfold and dig into a three-course meal. You might struggle at first with the cutlery, but soon the flavours and textures of what you’re eating will seem as if they’re on another level. Sounds a little bit incredible, right?
Dining in the Dark in Sydney elevates your dining out experience by doing away with your surroundings to just leave you, your taste buds and your sense of smell to appreciate the food on the plate. And the food on your plate is coming from the Beast & Co kitchen in Surry Hills. They’re experts in bohemian and European cuisine thanks to two Czech grandmothers, and they’re serving up hearty dishes that are seasonal, featuring local produce and with a fresh twist on authentic recipes.
Guests do have the option of choosing from a meat, seafood or vegan set menu prior to the event to ensure that they don’t eat something they don’t want to. However, that’s pretty much all the information you get about your meal. Besides, any more and the experience just wouldn’t be the same. Just like if you peek out from behind your blindfold to see what’s on your plate.
💬 Brendan B. – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Amazing night out! It was such a great experience. The Fever organisers and the restaurant staff were incredible and the food (and wine) were fantastic. I’m glad everyone had a blindfold on as we were licking the plate!”
💬 Nikki B. – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “What a great experience. Putting your touch, smell and taste senses to the test without seeing was extraordinary. Thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Sydney’s Dining In The Dark event nights will take place on Wednesday evenings with sittings at 6pm and 8:30pm. Ticket price includes a starter, main, dessert and the feeling of your taste buds on another level.
Get your tickets below.