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“Amazing service, concept and tasty food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dine in the Dark

Dine in the Dark
The Ascott Hotel, 2nd Floor, 187 Sathorn Road,Thailand 10120 | Yannawa / BTS Chong Nonsi,, Bangkok, Thailand
+66-(0)80-201-5992
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Ranked #490 of 7,183 Restaurants in Bangkok
Cuisines: International, Thai, Vegetarian
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Description: Here's their Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DineintheDark - an amazing restaurant and very 'current' on the Bangkok dining scene. Needs to be on here.
England, United Kingdom
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48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
“Amazing service, concept and tasty food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

You have to come here if you're in Bangkok! We entered into the stylish bar area of DitD where we had to choose what menu we wanted: Thai, International or Vegetarian. This is as far as 'choosing your food' can go though, because it's about the surprise of what you're eating.

The bar and door staff were incredibly polite and sorted out my 'no chilli' request, with zero bother or fuss - perfect. We then had to put our phones or illuminated watches into a sealed box, for which we were given the key. N.B.: DitD is located in the Ascott Hotel, a really swanky, swish hotel so don't worry about security - they don't want any light spoiling the experience inside the restaurant.

We were then greeted by our Guide for the evening K.Moo. She led us into the main body of the restaurant, which was absolutely pitch black. At first it's a bit disorientating and you can see those bizarre orange, bright dots of light in front of your eyes, but after a few moments, it stops.

If you have wine, like us, then make sure you accept the offer to pour your own wine - it's much more fun than letting the guide do it. K.Moo was amazing, asking us questions about what we thought the food was and generally making us feel totally comfortable. All 3 courses were delicious and well cooked but I shan't say what they were so it doesn't spoil it for you.

At the end of the meal we went back out into the entrance area, where you get to see the food which you've just eaten. It's a really cool concept and also at DitD, 10% of the profit goes to charity so there's a corporate responsibility edge to it too. I hope they will change the menu in the near future to give us another reason to visit.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bangkok, Thailand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“A Very Unique and Enjoyable Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

I brought a friend from out of town just to have him experience something unique amid all the chaos of Bangkok. It was all that was promised and more. The blind wait staff guide you to your table, takes care of all your needs, including leading you to the bathroom, if needed. Welcome to their world. You literally cannot see your hand in front of your face, which at first is much more disorienting than I expected. There may be a slight sense of claustrophobia at first, but that quickly subsided and your hearing picks up measurable as you try to figure out what's going on around you, from the table next to you, to people approaching with your food order. Most definitely go there with people you want to talk to as conversation is the only way to know you're not all alone. You order your food at reception BEFORE going into the restaurant, letting them know items you definitely will not or cannot eat. Surprisingly, the food itself, while really tasty, takes on a life of its own as you struggle to figure out what it is that you're even eating. I had some chicken, but I swear I couldn't definitively tell whether it was chicken or pork...something that surprised me and gives you a good sense of how much your visual senses play in your sense of taste. A truly unique an unforgettable experience

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Wow, what an amazing experience. The restaurant is completely pitch black (you can't even take watches or mobile phones in that would give off any light) and you are led to your table by visually impaired staff. The food, once I managed to get it into my mouth, was delicious. It certainly makes you appreciate your eye sight though, something that I won't take for granted again.

Afterwards, when you leave you are shown the dishes and what you ate. The entrance to the restaurant was very smart which I hadn't expected - obviously you don't get to see the actual restaurant but the Ascott Hotel is first class.

I would definitely go back again with friends and think that it's a fantastic way of employing people who might otherwise be unemployed.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Awesome Experience - eating without seeing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

It's more than just ordinary dining; great opportunity to tease your sense. Basically, you are going to eat without seeing the food or the people sitting next to you. It's completely pitch black in the restaurant. The really good thing is that the restaurant is served by people with visual impairment.

It's really fun eating and guessing what you are eating!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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