Valentine’s Day, blindfolds… don’t worry, this isn’t going to be one of those kinds of articles. While senses will be heightened, Dining In The Dark focuses on elevating guests’ experience with food by eliminating the sense of sight. On February 13, a special Valentine’s Day edition means you can share the unique experience with your other half, soul mate, new date – anyone you fancy. Literally.
Taking place at the beautiful Botanist Birmingham – not that you’ll see the flora-filled interiors for most of your visit – the Dining In The Dark: Valentine’s Day team will welcome you into the eatery, before providing you with a blindfold to wear for the duration of your visit. You’ll then be led into the darkened environment by a “guide” who’ll be on hand to make sure you don’t bump into anything on your way in.
Once you’re seated, a three-course meal awaits! You’ll have the choice of a meat, seafood or vegan menu and, while what they entail isn’t revealed until after you’ve eaten, you can specify any allergies beforehand, so there’ll only be good surprises on your plate. The starter will be crispy, with a burst of flavour; the main course will be hearty and filling; and the dessert will be flavours you recognise, but with new textures. Studies show that 80 percent of people eat with their eyes; with that sense eliminated, the theory is that the other senses – namely taste and smell – take over to elevate your meal to a whole new level.
The Dining In The Dark: Valentine’s Day experience will last 90 minutes, and there are two sessions to choose from: one at 6pm and another at 9pm.