Time Out Says
With that in mind, we have slighty sweaty palms when stepping into the special elevator to Noire – Dubai’s dining in the dark restaurant – for its Halloween experience that is running throughout October. But as we make our way through a frightful hallway to a lobby that’s filled with other guests giggling at our reactions, we’re put at ease.
We won’t spoil everything, as it is the element of shock and (somewhat) horror that diners are paying for – relatively dearly, might we add. We’re welcomed with a fruity drink disguised in a blood pack. Erm, yum...?
Utterly pitch black, the restaurant encourages you to use your other senses. Entering the room, we’re easily freaked with each bump, noise and whisper.
Not being able to trust your sight is a strange feeling that some might not get comfortable with, but the staff at Noire – who are kitted out with night vision goggles – make the loss of a key sense fairly manageable thanks to easy instructions.
Each course takes its time to arrive, but tucking in takes even longer, as we pick and prod wondering what exactly everything is. Although each of the courses are definitely on the more sweet, fruity side of things.
Plates aren’t overflowing, it’s more of a tasting menu, but it’s all about the fun.
Throughout the experience we’re given short bursts of light that reveal surprises that makes the crowd scream.
Noire’s Halloween-themed special experience is like a horror movie that relies on jump scares – comically scary, not ones that will keep you awake throughout the night. Those looking to experience a real-life version of those flicks, along with a side of mostly sweet grub, may want to give this one a try.
WHAT IS IT...
Dining in the dark – Halloween style
Go for the screams, stay for the laughter
19 Oct 2019
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