Restaurant/Bar/Lounge - 30-31 Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DU - London - TEL : 0207253 1100
Guests can choose only among a limited choice of surprise Menus. The idea is that each guest should not know exactly what he or she will be eating…just the general category. It’s all about the flavors, the textures and the seasonings. It is an old principle often used in the industry, called “blind tasting”.
The concept behind our menu is to re-educate our customers’ palates and minds, to make them truly experience the flavors being presented. Totally deprived of light, your eyes can’t deceive you, so therefore all preconceptions are gone.
At Dans le Noir? we do not ask you what you would like to eat but rather what you cannot eat. We take into account all your dietary requirements when taking the order so we always make certain you won’t have any ingredients you are allergic to or avoid eating for any reasons. Thanks to these precautions, every visitor can explore the adventure and enjoy the great excitement of the surprise menus.
The Surprise Menus are adapted in various alternatives according to the seasons. The menus change every two or three months. Special menus are proposed from time to time to reflect specific Holidays (calendar events like Halloween, Saint Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve etc…) Themed menus are also used to reflect the cuisine of certain countries…called “Travel days”, the same can be done for wines. Pricing varies slightly depending on the seasonality of the products and the ingredients.
Coffee, tea and other hot drinks, for safety reasons, are not served in the dark but are available in the lit bar at the end of the experience. Wine bottles in the dark will be served with a special sleeve that will keep the bottle from breaking.
Pictures of each menu are presented to the guests as they exit in the bar area with a complete description of the menu items. They will also have information on the surprise wines or specialty drinks they ordered.
At Dans le Noir ? we work mainly with fresh products: line caught fish, free-range and grass-fed meats, seasonal and organic vegetables. We also try to propose fair trade products. Our cuisine is created by local chefs and inspired by Olivier Romain (a French Chef based in Tours). The approach of cooking at “Dans le Noir ?” is to increase taste in the dark, and to separate taste in your plate with a pedagogical and interesting organization.
We try to make your sensory experience as complete and interesting as possible.
Get £3 off on the 2 course menu or £5 off on the 3 course menu on presentation of your student card, or ID if you are less than 16 years old!
If you have any allergies or dietary requirments, please let us know before ordering your meal, so that we may make the necessary changes to your menu. Also, when seated in the dark room, please remind your Guide/Waiter about these restrictions when they bring your plate.