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Totally Geeky or Geek Chic? Dark Restaurant

The first "dark restaurant" in China opened in December and reactions to the idea of the unusual dining experience are varied. The restaurant, which is located in Beijing, has its interior painted completely in black. Customers are greeted by a lit entrance hall and are escorted by waiters wearing night vision goggles into the pitch dark dining room to help them find their seats. Flashlights, mobile phones, and even lit watches are prohibited while in this area.

The concept originated in Europe, but has quickly found a huge international techie-following because of the night-vision tie in and unusual lighting concept. So, is it geek chic, totally geeky, or just a great way to experience something different.

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ViolentlyHappy ViolentlyHappy 10 years
It's an interesting idea, and I'd probably try it once... but I kind of have this thing about seeing what I'm eating. What if they give you something wrong and you're allergic to it? or if you have an aversion for peppers and they give you some without you knowing it. I'd probably sneak in a tiny flashlight, just to make sure it was ok. :P
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 10 years
wow! That's actually a really great concept! I can't imagine what it must feel like to be blind?
theotherhalfofme theotherhalfofme 10 years
We have one of those here in Berlin since a few years, but it didn't come from the geek idea. The waiters are all blind and the founders wanted to give an idea of being blind.
aistea311 aistea311 10 years
there is one in London called Dans Le Noir, and the menu is a bit pricy, but they explain the whole concept. I am going to give it a shot if I ever go to london. http://www.danslenoir.com/london/
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
ps - i bet the waiters "accidentally" get crappy tips.. Whoops.. thought that was a 10.
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
How do you know what you're eating.. or how to get it into your mouth? I would definitely try it.. however - I'd want my own pair of night vision goggles..
rubialala rubialala 10 years
This is just weird.
arianell arianell 10 years
Sounds totally pointless and not worth the hassle of having to leave your cell phone and watch behind. Plus, I like to see what I'm eating.
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 10 years
because I wouldn't enjoy my fancy food if I heard strange noises coming from the next table! I'm a really sensitive person :p
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 10 years
Wouldn't people end up making out in the dark? Or is that just a crazy idea, existing only in my dirty mind?
aistea311 aistea311 10 years
I would want to try it. Watch, if a celebrity goes into one in hollywood, they can escape some paparazzi for a little bit (or will the paparazzi find night vision cameras to capture them eating?)
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