Ever tried eating dinner blindfolded? It’s a pretty messy process and food can taste very different indeed when you can’t see it. But it’s certainly an experience. Lime & Tonic organises regular “dinner in the dark” events at secret locations in Melbourne and I was invited along to try it out.
The mystery started with an email sent the day before the event giving clues to the location. One of the clues was “The name of our restaurant is somewhat unusual: Place two of these end to end and you get the diameter of a circle”. Can you guess where it was held? At the appointed time we headed to the destination for sparkling wine before sitting down at the table and putting blindfolds on. From then on it was a guessing game as to what was being served. Some flavours were a lot stronger whereas others seemed more subdued without visual cues to add to the eating experience.
Given that we couldn’t see the food at all we could have been served up some pretty unattractive meals but as you can see from the photos the presentation was top notch. We started with coconut ravioli served with prawns, calamari and fish. A lemongrass broth was poured over the seafood at the table. It was easy to identify the prawns and other seafood but some of the more delicate ingredients were more difficult to spot – I didn’t pick up the coconut in the ravioli or lemongrass in the broth.
Then there was a fillet of Black Angus rump – not the easiest thing to eat blindfolded! It was teamed with some kale and a kick of horse radish. To finish there were mini pavlovas topped with passionfruit cream and raspberries. The only ingredient I struggled with here was the accompanying fejoa ice-cream. Certainly one from left field. From a logistical point of view it is hard to even locate the food on your plate when you are blindfolded and using cutlery requires real concentration. Having a conversation is also fraught with difficulty as you can’t tell when someone has finished speaking and it’s your turn to speak.
During the course of the dinner we wrote down the ingredients we could identify in each dish and then at the end of the night tallied up the people who had got the most ingredients right. The only problem was I had to make a conscious effort not to peek as the blindfolds don’t black everything out. This meant the experience wasn’t quite in the same league as the other dinner in the dark I have attended in London where the whole restaurant is pitch black and waiters are blind. But it was still a really fun evening with lots of laughter around the table sparked by the strange circumstances.
Gourmet Chick was invited to attend dinner in the dark. I was blindfolded for the evening so apart from the first photograph the others were supplied by Lime & Tonic’s photographer.
Details: Lime & Tonic organises regular dinner in the dark events at venues around Melbourne.
Damage: Pricey. Dinner in the dark including wine costs $130 but on this occasion I did not pay.