Dining In The Dark – Noire, Fairmont

Dubai is not unfamiliar with unique serving techniques. We’ve seen quirky combinations, the food trucks making an entry, trending avocado on toast and smoothie bowls, the lotus craze…well, the list goes on.

While these have become common to this city, we were recently made aware of the concept of dining in the dark which piqued our interest. How does one eat without the knowledge of where their dish is placed? What if we spill our drink, or worse, leave the restaurant only to find spots and stains on us? These thoughts buzz around our minds as we make our way to Noire – located in Fairmont Hotel. 

We head to level 9 and are ushered to a dim lounge area where we’re given our welcome drinks and explained the concept of the restaurant. The fun part is, you get to play a guessing game with the dishes as you have no idea of what’s going to be served to you. Of course, dietary requirements and allergies are asked upon booking and I chose ingredients that are safe for the pregnant.

Our group is gathered and we all head into the dark restaurant, hands on each other’s shoulders. The room is pitch black and my first impulse is to find a light source, however, there is none. I feel a bit claustrophobic, but make peace with the surroundings as I hear others feeling the same. The waiters move around wearing special night vision glasses and are present whenever you need them.

The meal starts with an appetizer, continues with the main course, and ends with a dessert. A palate cleanser is also present, along with wine pairings for those who drink.

The hour and a half come to an end, after which, we’re headed towards the same lounge we made an entrance upon. This time, the Chef is present with the dishes served in front of him. Finally, we could see what we had eaten! 

The Chef explains each dish and how they excellently combined different ingredients making it hard for guests to guess.

My end thoughts on this experience were how people lead lives this way, dependant on only the sense of touch, taste, hear, and smell. We take things for granted since we’re blessed with them since birth, but there are some who aren’t so lucky.


If we’re going back: We feel experiencing this concept at least once in your lifetime is a must! If you’re taking someone out on a date who takes an interest in food, this might not be the place. However, the experience encourages communication and we didn’t touch our phones through the entire meal! What an achievement!

Price: AED 325 per person

Bonus: You also learn how good you’re with guessing ingredients! I’d say we were a 4.5 on 5 🙂

Have you experienced dining in the dark? What did you feel about the concept? Let me know your thoughts… 

For bookings and reservations: Click here

Until then, happy eating! xx

Note: Picture Courtesy – Noire

The Coffee Club – Wasl Vita, Jumeirah

Located in Wasl Vita, in a quaint little corner is The Coffee Club. Walk in, and you’re met with the delicious scent of coffee wafting around the café. First impressions always matter, and I decide I’m going to fall in love with this place. Continue reading “The Coffee Club – Wasl Vita, Jumeirah”

Taking us to the streets of Europe – Mercato, DIFC

I’d like to think of DIFC as an up and coming version of Citywalk. Chic and housing a number of well-known places to dine in Dubai. A recent visit led us to a hidden trattoria going by the name – Mercato.

Continue reading “Taking us to the streets of Europe – Mercato, DIFC”

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – The Address, Dubai Marina

This is officially my first blog post for the year, and hopefully, there are many to follow. For all those following my social media accounts, Instagram mostly, you’ll know that I still exist and am totally not out of the picture like how the website would show. Rather, what I’ve started doing is carefully selecting restaurants to review and feature, especially those that really make it for me.

One such place was Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, located at The Address, Dubai Marina, a hotel that I’m not unfamiliar with. To sum it up, I’ve had some of the best experiences at their restaurants, and they’re truly worth a try.  Continue reading “Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – The Address, Dubai Marina”

Dining at Ronda Locatelli

This wasn’t our first time at Atlantis, The Palm, we are no strangers to its impeccable hospitality and its grand aura, yet every visit is always like the first time.

This time we were dining at Ronda Locatelli, which is under the acclaimed Michelin star Chef Giorgio Locatelli. Swatches of brown and orange decorate the place, and the ambiance is somewhat still and a little uncomfortable. Fortunately, the weather is pleasing outside and we decide to settle there. Continue reading “Dining at Ronda Locatelli”