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(When On Earth)   Meanwhile in China there is a restaurant where patrons eat their meals in total darkness, but don't even think about flinging your peas at other customers because the wait staff all wear military-grade night vision goggles   ( whenonearth.net) divider line
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2014-05-19 05:20:40 AM  
I'm sure it helps in China if you can't see what you're eating.
 
2014-05-19 06:06:46 AM  

gopher321: I'm sure it helps in China if you can't see what you're eating.


Actually, I think it's so it can't see you.

img.about-chinesefood.com
 
2014-05-19 07:11:07 AM  
They have them in the US, Europe, and Japan, as well.

Also one was featured in the movie "When in Rome" a few years ago.  Not a new thing.
 
2014-05-19 07:15:38 AM  

doglover: gopher321: I'm sure it helps in China if you can't see what you're eating.

Actually, I think it's so it can't see you.


At first I was like "done in one"

But then I lol'd

+1 internets, and also quite accurate for those who have been to China.
 
2014-05-19 07:17:45 AM  
There is a restaurant there in Paris where you eat in the dark, and all waiters and waitresses are blind people.
Apart from the fact that it's a bit overpriced and the food is only so so, it's quite an experience. Once you are in pitch black, you realize just how much you rely on sight. One of the option is the "mistery menu", where you don't know what you'll be served until after you ate. Most of the time, we had no idea what we were eating, and more often than not our guesses were wrong.
To pour youself a drink, you had to put one of your finger inside your glass, and pour until it got wet.

The second funniest thing about this experience, is how easy it became to chat with your table neighbors, whom you had no idea what they looked like. It really freed us, kind of like being in a chatroom. We were surprised afterward as how our interlocutors looked nothing like we imagined them.
The funniest thing is the ability to grope and kiss your SO without anyone knowing, although is you listenned carefully, you noticed you were definitely not the only one.

Although we were surprised and a bit horrified to learnthat the infrared cameras were linked to monitors watched by definitely-not-blind security men.
 
2014-05-19 07:18:59 AM  
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It was one of the theme's in the episode 'A La Carte' from 2007 - when this show was still good.

Miss you Mr. Peterson, and now Mr. Guilfoyle. Oh well, there's always reruns.
 
2014-05-19 07:27:16 AM  
Flinging peas at other customers is peas-poor.
 
2014-05-19 07:28:00 AM  

gopher321: I'm sure it helps in China if you can't see what you're eating.


Im in Shanghai right now, and ... you really DO need to see what you are eating (and smell)... due diligence is required and encouraged.

(I love exotic foods, but I would not attempt that delight without first being able to identify what Im eating)

// Being in complete darkness in a room full of Chinese women might not be that bad idea... Ill bring my own night vision stick.
 
2014-05-19 07:31:05 AM  

padraig: There is a restaurant there in Paris where you eat in the dark, and all waiters and waitresses are blind people.

There's one of those in Tel Aviv, too. It's run by some org that helps out the deaf and the blind and the point is to make you empathize with them.
 
2014-05-19 07:33:16 AM  
I heard this about a restaurant in NYC about 3 years ago.
 
2014-05-19 07:34:31 AM  
I've been to one in Zurich.  Dark restaurant, blind wait staff.  Swiss food (bleh).

I found that I ate with my face about 3-inches from the plate.

Not a tremendously enjoyable experience.
 
2014-05-19 07:44:18 AM  
I thought I was at a sushi restaurant but then I discovered I was eating my GF.
 
2014-05-19 08:07:47 AM  
The food is people
 
2014-05-19 08:23:46 AM  
Why not try this at home? Make your dinner and then turn off the light!

Sit in complete darkness, eat and cry.

Crying is optional.
 
2014-05-19 08:25:24 AM  
Not only do guests enjoy a heightened sense of flavor, but also lowered social inhibitions. Practical jokes are sometimes committed by more daring diners. If you're one of them, just act fast enough not to attract any of those watchful waiters's attention, else you could get detained by flinging a spoonful of shiatake mushrooms. You know how the Chinese are.

They don't take shiatt from nobody.
 
2014-05-19 08:31:08 AM  
you really don't want to be the guy who cleans under the tables there
 
2014-05-19 08:32:37 AM  
Military grade night vision? Sure, but bet it's still made in China, so you've got a chance.
 
2014-05-19 08:36:51 AM  
Well at least you wouldn't notice the roach infestation .
 
2014-05-19 08:39:35 AM  
Do you not see the cockroach at your feet, grasshopper?
 
2014-05-19 08:58:03 AM  
Footsi?


But be ready to reel in that bad boy.
 
2014-05-19 08:59:24 AM  

ColonelCathcart: doglover: gopher321: I'm sure it helps in China if you can't see what you're eating.

Actually, I think it's so it can't see you.

At first I was like "done in one"

But then I lol'd

+1 internets, and also quite accurate for those who have been to China.


I've been to china, food was awesome.
 
2014-05-19 09:20:08 AM  

M0nkeyp0x: ColonelCathcart: doglover: gopher321: I'm sure it helps in China if you can't see what you're eating.

Actually, I think it's so it can't see you.

At first I was like "done in one"

But then I lol'd

+1 internets, and also quite accurate for those who have been to China.

I've been to china, food was awesome.


this
 
2014-05-19 09:35:08 AM  
Meow
 
2014-05-19 09:54:32 AM  

padraig: There is a restaurant there in Paris where you eat in the dark, and all waiters and waitresses are blind people.
Apart from the fact that it's a bit overpriced and the food is only so so, it's quite an experience. Once you are in pitch black, you realize just how much you rely on sight. One of the option is the "mistery menu", where you don't know what you'll be served until after you ate. Most of the time, we had no idea what we were eating, and more often than not our guesses were wrong.
To pour youself a drink, you had to put one of your finger inside your glass, and pour until it got wet.

The second funniest thing about this experience, is how easy it became to chat with your table neighbors, whom you had no idea what they looked like. It really freed us, kind of like being in a chatroom. We were surprised afterward as how our interlocutors looked nothing like we imagined them.
The funniest thing is the ability to grope and kiss your SO without anyone knowing, although is you listenned carefully, you noticed you were definitely not the only one.

Although we were surprised and a bit horrified to learnthat the infrared cameras were linked to monitors watched by definitely-not-blind security men.


That sounds cool, esp. with the blind staff.  The security watching seems a bit overboard though. I can understanding filming it all just in case, but actively watching is wrong - it's as if they do not think blind people cannot defend themselves.
 
2014-05-19 10:19:39 AM  

Langdon_777: padraig: There is a restaurant there in Paris where you eat in the dark, and all waiters and waitresses are blind people.
Apart from the fact that it's a bit overpriced and the food is only so so, it's quite an experience. Once you are in pitch black, you realize just how much you rely on sight. One of the option is the "mistery menu", where you don't know what you'll be served until after you ate. Most of the time, we had no idea what we were eating, and more often than not our guesses were wrong.
To pour youself a drink, you had to put one of your finger inside your glass, and pour until it got wet.

The second funniest thing about this experience, is how easy it became to chat with your table neighbors, whom you had no idea what they looked like. It really freed us, kind of like being in a chatroom. We were surprised afterward as how our interlocutors looked nothing like we imagined them.
The funniest thing is the ability to grope and kiss your SO without anyone knowing, although is you listenned carefully, you noticed you were definitely not the only one.

Although we were surprised and a bit horrified to learnthat the infrared cameras were linked to monitors watched by definitely-not-blind security men.

That sounds cool, esp. with the blind staff.  The security watching seems a bit overboard though. I can understanding filming it all just in case, but actively watching is wrong - it's as if they do not think blind people cannot defend themselves.


Its probably for the protection of both the guests and the staff.
I was watching restaurant stakeout once ( I know sigh ) and they had restaurant where you ate blindfolded featured.
The staff had a game where you got point for doing obscene things to guests. The more bold and more obscene the more points.
 
2014-05-19 11:43:10 AM  
Web page is broken but....

We've had one of these type of restaurants in Buffalo for years. I think it closed recently because people didn't care and they added an oyster bar, but...
 
2014-05-19 11:48:09 AM  
1) Wait till everyone is seated
2) Yell "RAT!"
3) ????
4) Profit!
 
2014-05-19 12:52:59 PM  

Langdon_777: padraig: There is a restaurant there in Paris where you eat in the dark, and all waiters and waitresses are blind people.
Apart from the fact that it's a bit overpriced and the food is only so so, it's quite an experience. Once you are in pitch black, you realize just how much you rely on sight. One of the option is the "mistery menu", where you don't know what you'll be served until after you ate. Most of the time, we had no idea what we were eating, and more often than not our guesses were wrong.
To pour youself a drink, you had to put one of your finger inside your glass, and pour until it got wet.

The second funniest thing about this experience, is how easy it became to chat with your table neighbors, whom you had no idea what they looked like. It really freed us, kind of like being in a chatroom. We were surprised afterward as how our interlocutors looked nothing like we imagined them.
The funniest thing is the ability to grope and kiss your SO without anyone knowing, although is you listenned carefully, you noticed you were definitely not the only one.

Although we were surprised and a bit horrified to learnthat the infrared cameras were linked to monitors watched by definitely-not-blind security men.

That sounds cool, esp. with the blind staff.  The security watching seems a bit overboard though. I can understanding filming it all just in case, but actively watching is wrong - it's as if they do not think blind people cannot defend themselves.


There is a place like this in Montreal (Ô Noir) with the blind waitstaff and minus the security.
 
2014-05-19 01:06:45 PM  

Brick-House: I thought I was at a sushi restaurant but then I discovered I was eating my GF.


I remembered eating my GF, and thought she smell too much like nature... and realized I was eating the grass.
 
2014-05-19 04:13:46 PM  
media2.s-nbcnews.com
 
2014-05-19 08:13:13 PM  
There was one in L.A., we went once...interesting but overpriced, food middling, strangely claustrophobic environment. Overall? Meh.
 
2014-05-19 09:06:22 PM  
"Pass the sauce, Riddick"
 
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