My wife found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and suggested we go there for our wedding anniversary dinner.
I made a booking on line and was happy to read that advance bookings on line were subject to a 13% discount off the RM 120.00 per person set menu. During the booking process I realized that I was still charged a total of RM 240.00 off a discounted "value added" higher price. Not sure how they do the pricing since we did not get anything extra, unless they consider the mini fruit juice cocktail in the bar before the dinner an extra item.
We ordered a bottle of wine and bottle of water at the restaurant which cost another RM 150.00 + RM 6.00. Not sure what we finally got served since I never saw the bottle in the dark, obviously, and the wine tasted like some cheap plonk.
The 4 course menu consists of 4 appetizers served in 4 small bowls sitting on a wooden plate. 2 soups are served in 2 demi tasse cups. Main course is served in 3 small bowls sitting on a wooden plate and dessert consists of 1 ice cream and 4 different sweets. Since there is only a fork and spoon to eat with and the food is portioned into small cubes and strips for easy eating. The darkness does play tricks on the senses and it is not easy to guess what kind of food one is eating. Onion Soup, prawn with penne pasta and fish were some of the easiest to guess. All in all, the food was nothing to get exited about. It is more about sitting in absolute darkness and guessing what is on the plate. I suspect flavour enhancer MSG is used as I was very thristy after dinner, just like after eating Chinese food that contains MSG or ajinomoto.
The service staff Markus was excellent. He is from the Iban tribe in Sarawak and it was good to see that he has a job that enables him to work inspite of his handicap, especially in a country that offers few jobs for the visually impaired. He was very helpful and kind. I hope some of the profits from this outfit go into his and his colleagues wages.
To rank Dining in the Dark as the best restaurant in KL is certainly not because of the food.It is not a great culinary experience but just the novelty of being temporary blind. I have to admit that it is a very unique dining experience and the management of the restaurant is not shy in pushing its patrons toward giving high reviews on Trip Advisor.
The fact that cell phones or smart watches are not allowed into the dining room is a plus since it gives diners a chance to focus on each other and the art of conversation has a chance.
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