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London is renowned for its Michelin-starred restaurants and for having challenged Paris for the title of the gastronomic capital of Europe. But if you are looking for a dining experience that goes beyond simply excellent cuisine, then London also boasts an extraordinary restaurant subculture that celebrates eccentricity, zaniness, and the downright odd. Here’s our guide to 10 of London’s quirkiest and unusual restaurants.
Dans le Noir? is a concept that emerged in the late 1990s in France before the first restaurant opened in 2004. There are now Dans le Noir? restaurants in London, Paris, New York, Brussels, and Barcelona. The concept is simple – all of the food is served in total darkness, by waiting staff who are blind and from menus that are kept deliberately vague. The thinking behind this approach to dining is that by cutting off the sense of sight, the other senses, of smell and taste, will be heightened and excited to a greater extent. Diners must rely upon the blind waiting staff who are the only ones to know what is being served. Diners enter the bar area where they must remove all items that give off light and choose from one of four set menus – the Red, which offers meat dishes, the Blue, which is seafood, the White, which is exotic, and the Green vegetarian option. No more about the food is revealed until after the meal.
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