There’s nothing like sitting in a tranquil and elegant restaurant, about to embark on a titillating culinary journey, waiting impatiently for the first dish to arrive. And just like that, the first course arrives and awakens your palate. You are served one dish after another, each layer of flavour coming together to create complex profiles through contrasting textures. At Dining in the Dark you’ll enjoy a similar gastronomical adventure that really is a feast for the senses, well minus sight… Precisely, you won’t be able to actually see the food on your plate.
The popular experience is returning to Amsterdam on selected dates over the coming months, this time taking place at the elegant NOMAD aan het IJ. Located in the heart of the city on the IJ river, the NOMAD’s use of fresh and healthy ingredients, commitment to sustainability and cosy ambiance set it apart from other restaurants. Chef Denisa will serve you a secret three-course menu that you will need to decipher on your own. Places are limited so hurry up and get your tickets now to find out what’s cooking!
What to expect at Dining in the Dark?
With the sense of sight eliminated, the theory is that your other senses will heighten to discern each texture, flavour and ingredient, as you sit in darkened surroundings complimented by candlelight. You’re only left with your tastebuds and your sense of smell and touch to enjoy a fabulous but secret three-course meal. How mysterious!
Guests will be given blindfolds and then led into the darkened environment by the restaurant’s helpful waiters, who will be on hand to make sure you don’t bump into anything, before leaving you to enjoy the heightened experience. There are three delicious menus to choose from: red (where meat is the hero), blue (which uses the flavours of the sea), and green (a vegetarian option that puts vegetables at the forefront).
Frankly, eating with a blindfold can be a bit daunting at first, so you can use every tool necessary to make the most of the experience, whether it’s using the cutlery provided by the restaurant or using your fingers and hands to easily grab the food. As long as you don’t get too cheeky and try to peek at the food, everything is acceptable!
Where is Dining in the Dark?
There’s no better place fit for this sensational culinary journey than Nomad aan het IJ. The restaurant is used to serving surprise menus to its guests and this time it will be no different. Discover Chef Denisa’s delicate and complex dishes prepared with fresh and local ingredients. She brings her passion for food and experience gained from her travels to create unique and delicious food with a dedication to reducing food waste. Nomad has received countless 5-star reviews from customers who have tried their “mystery menus” and their innovative takes on traditional dishes never disappoint.
Dining in the Dark Reviews
Dining in the Dark has received 5-star reviews from attendees who have experienced the event across the world.
Such a blast! I would love to do another!
Truly a first class, unique dining experience. You have to try at least once!!!
Such a romantic experience!
Savour intriguing flavour combinations at an amazing restaurant thanks to Dining in the Dark. This experience promises to be a feast for the senses that you’ll remember for many years to come. Tickets cost €70 per person and you can book your table either for 18:00 or 21:00. If you have any food restrictions or allergies, you’ll need to specify it using the form that appears in your purchase confirmation email.