Dine in the Dark Bangkok
‘DID’ at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit - Asok0
Dine in the Dark (DID) is back in Bangkok, and promises one of the most unique restaurant experiences you’ll ever have. DID now occupies a spot on the ground floor of Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel at Asok BTS, (the previous venue was in Sathorn) and takes full advantage of the skilled chefs working throughout the hotel’s many dining venues, meaning the quality of your food is guaranteed – even if you can’t actually see it.
Although the concept at Dine in the Dark Bangkok is quite self explanatory, nothing can prepare you for the moment you actually step inside the pitch black room, try to find your seat, and realise you’re about to have a full four course meal without seeing a thing. All cell phones and watches are stored outside, so the dining area is 100% light free – you can’t even see the silhouette of your hand in front of your face. To be completely immersed in darkness is both amusing and fascinating at the same time.
Every table at Dine in the Dark Bangkok is assigned its own visually-impaired or blind guide, (ours was the excellent ‘Gunny’) who leads the group through the various curtains blocking out the light, to their seats and is on hand to guide you throughout the whole meal, serving each dish and drink perfectly.
Of course, menus would be completely obsolete in the dining room, so diners must choose between the Western, Asian, Vegetarian or Surprise four-course menu before entering the room. And that’s the only information about the food you get – further adding to the unique experience Dine in the Dark offers. When each dish arrives at your table, you have completely no idea what it is, meaning you’re left having to guess what each individual ingredient is by using only your sense of smell and taste. This inevitably leads to debates between your fellow diners over what you’re eating. Only after you’ve finished and are back in the lobby do the staff show you what you’ve had (with photos displayed on iPads).
Going for the ‘surprise’ menu, each mouthful was exactly that – a surprise - leaving me savouring each bite whilst trying to detect what is was. After seeing the photos later, I probably guessed about 50% correct (although I completely mistook the fish dish for salmon, which it was not!)
Being in total darkness for a few hours is a rare experience, something that most people have never done before. As well as heightened sense of smell, taste and hearing, you also get a brief understanding of what it would be like to lose your sight. It’s both inspiring and impressive to see how the guides are able to serve food and drinks to your table, as well as help you through the whole process and generally make you feel at ease.
There’s direct access to DID restaurant from Asok BTS Skytrain Station – just head into the Sheraton Grande and down the stairs to BarSu. Four-course meals cost 1,400 baht with two seating rounds per night from 18:30 (last orders at 21:30).
Dine in The Dark
- Opening Hours: From 18.30 onwards (last order at 21.30). Closed Sundays & Mondays
- Location: Dine in the Dark Bangkok, G/F, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
- BTS: Asok
- Tel: +66(0)2 649 8358
See the Rates for Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit