They say that when one sense is gone, all the others are enhanced. And one restaurant in Las Vegas is putting this to the test by having diners eat in complete darkness in one of the world's most unique dining experiences.
BLACKOUT is an unusual restaurant that allows you to dine in the dark. Guests select one of three multi-course options: sweet, savoury or spicy.
You are then led into a pitch-black room by a server wearing night vision goggles. You'll have to use all your other senses to discover what you're eating.
BLACKOUT employs a host who is blind and has future plans to employ more people from the local blind community.
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Incredible dining experiences around the world
Incredible dining experiences around the world
Choosing a restaurant isn't always about the food you eat but sometimes where you're eating it. At the world's most amazing restaurants, diners find themselves feasting under the stars, in the trees and even beside a waterfall. Proving that location can be everything when it comes to eating at the world's best restaurants, we've picked some of our favourite dining experiences, from dinner under the sea in the Maldives to a meal with 360-degree views at Toronto's rotating eatery...
For diners at the world's highest alfresco restaurant Sirocco, the experience begins long before dinner. Guests arrive on the 63rd floor and walk down an artistically lit stone staircase as a soothing jazz band sets the tone. Offering breathtaking views of Bangkok, Sirocco also treats diners to clean, uncomplicated cuisine in a relaxed ambience. The comfortable upholstered armchairs and natural lighting of the central dining area create the most wonderful location to take in the beauty of Bangkok over dinner.
Steep yourself in the Mayan Spirit with Haab at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in the heart of the Riviera Maya. This immersive outdoor dining experience brings to life the ancient culture, customs and cuisine of the Mayan people. Hidden in the jungle yet steps from the resort, Haab commemorates how the ancient Mayans cultivated their food in agricultural fields and forest gardens, allowing you to actively participate in the narrative. Diners sit on the earthy forest floor, surrounded by water features and fresh Caribbean Sea air, while playing an interactive role in the preparation and cooking of the indigenous cuisine over an open fire pit.
For a one-of-a-kind dining adventure in Sweden, travellers can indulge in a fine dining meal ten metres up a canopy of unspoiled Arctic pine forest on a custom-built platform. Off the Map Travel offers the exclusive one-table restaurant for guests to savour a special three-course dinner inspired by the flavours of the surrounding forest. After being winched into the treetops and securely harnessed in, diners can look out over the Lulea region while enjoying an inventive menu of local moose, beef and forest berries.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa's bespoke Dine by Design service allows guests to enjoy unforgettable dining experiences including lunch on the equator aboard a luxury yacht. As far as lunch venues go, they don't come more exotic or unusual than zero degrees latitude. The resort’s yacht Horizon departs from Shangri-La's marina and breakfast is served aboard, with the 'trip to zero' involving a little fishing or sunbathing on deck. Upon reaching the equator just before midday, an exquisite epicurean lunch is prepared in the yacht’s galley.
In the gorgeous Gstaad region, visitors can experience the fresh mountain air while enjoying a traditional Swiss fondue in one of two giant fondue pots at Fondueland. The giant wooden fondue pot seats up to eight people around a table to take in the stunning scenery and eat a cheese fondue al-fresco. Diners collect the fondue backpack from a dairy in the area, which contains all the ingredients needed including cooking equipment, traditional thick fondue, crusty bread supplied by the Wehren Bakery, spices, fondue pot, warmer, plates and forks.
The futuristic CN tower is a must-do for diners visiting the city and offers stunning views of Toronto and beyond. Alongside the viewing platforms and the adrenalin inducing Edge Walk, the tower is home to one of the world’s most spectacular restaurants and the world’s highest wine cellar with over 550 different wines. 360 Restaurant is a revolving restaurant situated 351 metres above the cosmopolitan city and offers delicious cuisine in the most spectacular of settings. The menus change seasonally offering guests a choice of fresh produce.
Whether you’re enjoying breakfast at sunrise or dinner at sunset, the tables at Citron provide one of the most beautiful and serene views in the world. The private dining tables jut out and float over the hillside, 100 metres above sea level at Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. They offer unrivalled views of the coastline below, with each unique table suspending diners mid-air and shaped like an inverted nón-lá, a traditional Vietnamese conical hat.
Nestled in the Costa Rican jungle, The Nest at Pacuare Lodge is a private dining experience set high up in the rainforest canopy and only accessible by zip-line. The platform is located 60 feet high in a treetop, where guests can enjoy a meal in a unique spot. The culinary adventure begins as you glide down a 130-metre cable to the platform in a Ceiba, a tree that was sacred to the ancient Mayans. Here, you’ll find everything you need for an unforgettable dinner. The details are yours for the choosing – the menu, the wine – while the setting is incomparable.
The world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant is one of the most impressive on the planet. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant sits five metres below the surface of the Indian Ocean and offers 180-degree panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine life that inhabit the surroundings. Serving up contemporary culinary delights from all across Europe in six courses, this once-in-a-lifetime dining experience is completely unforgettable.
This luxury Thai hotel's mesmerising Waterfall Dinner was recently named one of the top three experiences for honeymooners in the world by Kuoni. For guests staying at The Sarojin looking for an out of this world private dining experience, the truly unique and intimate experience allows you to enjoy a candlelit jungle waterfall dinner. Delicious dishes you can indulge in include marinated king prawns with vermicelli noodles, stuffed crab cake with sweet chilli cucumber and rock lobster with spring onions and cashew nuts.