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“Unique experience but avoid the weekend if you can”

NOX - Dine in the Dark
Ranked #13 of 10,518 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Kampong Glam
Description: At NOX – Dine In The Dark, we invite you to plunge into an intriguing new world of mystery and sensation you have never experienced before, and join us on a culinary journey through taste, smell, touch and sound, in total darkness. Seated in our pitch-black dining room, you will be guided and served by blind or visually impaired individuals that have been specially trained to offer guidance and reassurance to sighted guests. It is truly a rich human experience when the roles are reversed and the blind become your eyes, opening your mind to a deeper consciousness. Also, discover our exquisite menu crafted from the finest ingredients by our Chef de Cuisine and his team, and enjoy our fine wine selection and unique signature cocktails customized for each individual's palate. NOX - Dine in the Dark is definitely more than just dining, it is a unique mind-altering sensory experience! Experience this new European dining trend first-hand and 'see' it for yourself!
London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Unique experience but avoid the weekend if you can”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

We ate here with friends. It certainly is a unique experience and we're glad we did it. It was fun discussing the dishes and trying to figure out what we thought we were eating, and we had plenty of laughs. Halimi did a great job taking care guiding us in and out of the dining area, and throughout our meal. It was interesting to hear his story.
There was either a lack of staff or lack of attention in the downstairs bar. Annoying wait to get drinks menu on arrival, having to chase waitress to place drinks order, then as our cocktails arrived told we had 7 minutes before we'd be taken upstairs. Juggling ice cold slippery glasses whilst in a human chain in pitch darkness added to the challenge.
The price for the set meal is fair enough given the unique experience. As I've said, it was fun trying to guess the flavours and textures, but in all honesty there was nothing we ate that wowed us. The drinks are pricey - two types of cocktails we ordered were too heavy on the ice. I had the birds eye chili cocktail which initially tasted great but got diluted by all the ice. Wine is also expensive.
The waitress apologised at the end of our meal for any delays so the staff were aware of struggling to cope with the numbers of guests.
Second time in a year I've eaten in a pricey restaurant only to discover it has unisex toilets. Until all men learn where they're supposed to be peeing, unisex should be banned.
Overall, a fun unique experience but be prepared to take a hit if you enjoy some alcohol during your evening out. And maybe consider going during the week for a chance of better service for your $$
I've rated it very good based on the unusual experience.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank MumintheSun21
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NOXDineInTheDark, Guest Relations Manager at NOX - Dine in the Dark, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
Dear MumintheSun21,

We are very glad that you enjoyed this fun and unique dining experience with us!

Thank you for your feedback and comments regarding our food, drinks and service. We appreciate your detailed review and welcome you to try our new menu that will be launched on the 9th of June.

Cheers,
Rachel
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Incredible experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

The service throughout the night was nothing short of prompt, polite, and extremely friendly, with warm, welcoming hosts and servers once inside the actual dining area.
The tasters we had before we were guided into the dark section were exquisite, followed by a series of varied and well-prepared tasty starters, mains and desserts.
Inside the dining area it is completely pitch black and impossible to see anything. This makes for a fun and interesting dining experience, enhancing your focus on the meal itself, and ultimately enriching your tasting of said meal. Each part of the meal (entree, main course, dessert) came with 4 different small dishes for a wide array of flavours. My personal favourite dishes of the night were fried oysters with peanut butter and thai chilli sauce, penne with pesto and escargot, and red wine poached strawberries with vanilla ice cream.
All in all this was a fun and fascinating night that I would fully recommend to anyone looking for a unique experience and amazing food.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Alfie_Harrison
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NOXDineInTheDark, Guest Relations Manager at NOX - Dine in the Dark, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Dear Alfie_Harrison,

It was our pleasure to have served you during your visit and it is great to know that you had an incredible experience with us!

We are really glad that you enjoyed our food as well as the service provided from beginning to end! It is also very encouraging to see guests fully embrace our dining concept and have fun trying to guess what each dish actually is.

We will be changing our menu on the 9th of June and we welcome you to come back and try our new menu for the month of June! Be prepared for more interesting ingredients and pairings coming your way!

Cheers,
Rachel
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Perth, Australia
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“Fascinating experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

Nox was a fun night out. The staff downstairs were good but the real stand outs are the visually impaired waiters upstairs. They way they operate with their disabilities is truly inspiring.

As far as the dining experience. Eating in the pitch black will be a confronting idea to some but it's well worth it. It's really quite a fun challenge using your taste smell and touch to figure out what your eating. The food itself doesn't blow your mind but it is tasty.

The price tag is a little high probably but it's an experience different to other nights out and one you will probably only do once.

Definately worth a try.

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Thank Aussie_Nate
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NOXDineInTheDark, Guest Relations Manager at NOX - Dine in the Dark, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
Dear Aussie_Nate,

Thank you for spending your evening with us at NOX - Dine in the Dark! Our visually impaired colleagues are definitely amazing individuals with what they are capable of! We are really glad that you had a fascinating experience with us and embraced using your other senses to guess what the dishes are.

We will be changing our menu for the month of June soon and welcome you to give our new menu a try!

Cheers,
Rachel
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Sydney, Australia
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“Unique experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

This is a truely unique experience. I had heard abouth these sort of restaurants in other cities but had not imagined the experience.

The evening started with excellent service, an opening drink and a small snack. We were then briefed and moved into the main room. It was quite a different experience - while feeling safe at all times - it was very dark and quite different to other things I have done.

We were then served a three course meal - where the food standard was as good as any restaurant in Singapore - the waiters were very attentive and helpful in making sure that you could find everything and that you didn't spill things. My wife ordered a drink of water which was an interesting experience in itself.

Once dinner was over we were then escorted out of the room and then debriefed.

It was a really interesting night.

We went with a 3 and 6 year old child - and they did really well - but I can see some kids who can't sit still having issues.

Anyway - something quite memorable.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Ilan L
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NOXDineInTheDark, Guest Relations Manager at NOX - Dine in the Dark, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Dear Ilan L,

It was great to have met you and your family during your visit to NOX - Dine in the Dark! It is always a pleasure to have guests like yourself who embraced our dining concept and enjoyed the whole experience.

We are glad that you and your family had a unique and memorable time with us, and hopefully left the restaurant feeling a little humbled and inspired as well.

From all of us at NOX, we thank you for having such well behaved girls and we look forward to meeting you again in the near future!

Cheers,
Rachel
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Singapore, Singapore
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“An incredible experience from start to finish!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014

I recently visited Nox as a birthday treat from my husband. We were very much looking forward to the experience and it did not disappoint at all! From start to finish the service was great and we were made to feel extremely welcome.

The service in the bar area as you enter the restaurant was great, with a fantastic choice of cocktails, and an extensive drinks menu. We were briefed, and well informed as to what to expect when we went upstairs to the restaurant and how the evening was going to pan out.

Entering the restaurant part itself was daunting. And yes, it is pitch black. However, we were lucky to have a fantastic host/waiter in Halimi.

The dining part is most definitely an experience to remember. Three courses, each consisting of four small dishes. My husband and I really enjoyed playing the guessing game, trying to figure out what the food was and what the flavours were we could taste. The same for the wine we were served. The hardest bit was actually just trying to remember what we thought we had eaten so we could fill out the form when we got back downstairs!

Once we had finished eating and were ready to head back down to the bar, Halimi showed us the way and took the time to thank us for joining the Nox team that night. He also gave us a quick synopsis of how he lost his sight. What an inspiration. If the whole experience of dining in the dark and having one sense removed temporarily wasn't enough, listening to Halimi's story really made me realise just how lucky we are.

To finish off, one more cocktail in the bar, whilst we found out what exactly it was that we had eaten! There were a few dishes that we guessed and were shocked that we were really far off the mark! And some dishes that surprised me that I would have never ordered from a menu in a normal restaurant.

I would highly recommend visiting Nox, if only once. You won't be disappointed. I would most definitely return again. Thank you for making my birthday such a great experience!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank WelshKaren83
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NOXDineInTheDark, Guest Relations Manager at NOX - Dine in the Dark, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Dear WelshKaren83,

It was our pleasure to have had you and your husband over for dinner on your birthday! We are very glad to know that you enjoyed our drinks, food, level of service and the whole dining experience that we offer.

It is great to know that you and your husband had fun guessing what the food and wine was! And Halimi's story is definitely an inspirational one; one that should be shared with others in the hopes of inspiring them too!

We hope that you had an incredible birthday celebration with us and we look forward to meeting you again soon!

Cheers,
Rachel
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