Restaurant/Bar/Lounge - 30-31 Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DU - London - TEL : 020 7253 1100

A unique dining and tasting experience

Surprise Menu


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 flavours, 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 flavours 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, each 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. 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.

You have the choice between 4 different Surprise Menus :

 The 4 surprise menus : White is chef's Surprise; Blue is fish and seafood; Green is vegetarians; Red is meat eaters.     

Surprise meals every evening, & lunch on Saturday and Sunday

Surprise menu 2 courses: £44
Starter and main or main and desert 

Surprise menu 3 courses: £52
Starter, main and desert


If you are looking for remarkable experience please see our most popular packages below


Degustation Package - £69

3 course meal - 2 glasses of wine - surprise cocktail - water - tea or coffe 


Gastronomique - £79

Mise en bouche - 3 course meal - 2 glasses of wine - glass of champagne - water - tea or coffe


Please note that the prices of the menu include access to the experience (£13)
Menu du jour is accessible in our lit lounge for £31 (2 courses) or £39 (3 courses) or £66 (Gastro )

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 requirements, 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.