LONDON — If eating in complete darkness wasn’t enough to heighten your senses, London’s in the dark restaurant, Dans Le Noir, has taken things to the next level.
The popular date night spot, which employs blind waiters who lead diners to a pitch black dining room, has teamed up with global music company Audio Network to put together a soundtrack for the dining experience for the first time.
Audio Network, who collaborate with over 750 composers and artists and have over 120,000 tracks in their catalogue, worked with award-winning composer Paul Ressel — who has worked with artists like Lana Del Rey — to create the soundtrack.
For £99, diners are invited to the upstairs bar where they can look at a teaser menu that tells the story of each course, crafted by head chef Rafal Zaremba (who is currently undergoing Michelin training) without revealing what they will be served.
They are then led by the restaurant’s completely blind waiters into the dining room, where they will receive five courses with five paired wines. Each course is served while five special tracks play for five minutes each.
Each song aims to “tell the story of the food, heighten the experience, and challenge the senses.”
Composer Paul Ressel said that this was the first time he’s taken on a challenge of its kind.
“It’s an exhilarating partnership that aims to answer: How can we intensify taste with a soundtrack?” he said. “Should the rhythm of the music change with the courses? Is dessert seen to be a quiet ending, or a triumphant fanfare? There are a huge number of possibilities for musical direction, which is incredibly exciting.”
After the meal — which takes around two hours — the diners are led back into the bar where the waiters reveal what dishes they were served, along with photos.
“We are always looking for ways to experiment with music and be creative,” said Jess Nicks, music consultant at Audio Network. “Music is at its heart a sensory experience; it connects with your emotions like no other mediums, instantly making you feel happy, sad, inspired or anything in between.”
The pop-up experience will last until May 8.