A UNIQUE SENSORY AND
HUMAN EXPERIENCE IN CAIRO
DANS LE NOIR ? AN UNUSUAL RESTAURANT
Dans le Noir ? invites you to dine in complete darkness, accompanied and served by unexpected guides. Enjoying dinner or lunch in pitch darkness is an original experience that allows us to re-evaluate our perception of taste by reawakening senses overwhelmed by the omnipresence of sight, to reinvigorate our relationship with the world and others and to experience a surprising encounter with something different.
EXTEND YOUR JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF ANCIENT EGYPT
This authentic and convivial experience awaits you just a step away from the famous pyramids of Gizeh! Dans le Noir? invites you to a sensory journey where you will taste dishes served at the court of the Pharaohs. An authentic but surprising sensory and cultural experience! Our surprise menus made by our chefs are the result of important research, carried out especially with specialists in archaeology. Our visitors focus on flavours, smells and textures. But a meal Dans le Noir? is also the occasion to live a surprising moment, liberated from our preconceptions and our social conventions, where the other becomes a source of curiosity.
Flavours, aromas, textures, temperatures,... you are carried away by an original, essential and celebratory culinary experience in the heart of Ancient Egypt. Focusing our attention on taste, smelling, touching, tasting... a range of sensations that stimulate your emotions to discover the favorites dishes savoured by the Pharaohs 7000 years ago.
Freed from the weight of people’s gazes, preconceptions and social conventions, communication becomes simpler, authentic and spontaneous. Completely reassess your relationship with others and the world. Your neighbour can become a curiosity to be explored. Discussions intermingle and then deepen, bonds are forged, the spirit opens... An opportunity to meet and reflect on the way we consume or on our relationship with others.
Guided and served by a blind or partially sighted person, this unusual meal is a moment of positive empathy that breaks our preconceived ideas of disability. Driven by this reversal of roles, the experience allows us to perceive the richness of diversity as well as to recognise abilities beyond preconceived ideas. It’s a good way to make your friends and family or your teams aware of difference, since it’s better to experience something than to simply hear about it. All our guides and sensory experts have found strength in their differences.
In the heart of Egypt, just steps from the majestic pyramids, discover the dishes loved by the Pharaohs, a step back in history, 4000 years ago. Then it's up to you to play and rediscover flavours & ingredients of these forgotten recipes rediscovered by our chefs.
You don't choose what you're going to enjoy in the dark, you just tell us what you can't eat and we adapt the menu so that your experience is complete and safe.
Our gourmet cuisine is based on a rigorous selection of quality ingredients and the talent of our chefs who develop menus suitable for an unconventional experience. What we consider important is the harmony of flavours in a menu and the authenticity of the tastes in a pitch dark environment.
Our teams do everything they can to meet your dietary restrictions and allergies. When making your booking, simply tell us, and remind us on the day of your visit when placing your order. We will also ask you to tell your server when they bring your meal. Dans le Noir ? offers a vegan option.
After experiencing your meal in the dark, our teams will use photos so that you can discover the dishes and drinks that you have been served. This is a memorable moment where people are often caught by surprise. Dans le Noir ? Cairo, a cultural & pedagogical experience that helps to better understand Pharaohs’ life & habits. For groups, you can also ask for a short conference by an expert on food of Ancient Egypt.
Regularly ranked among the 10 most original restaurants in the world, Dans le Noir ? is celebrated by many gastronomic and tourist guides and has won dozens of awards around the world for its commitment to social inclusion and innovation.
Dans le Noir? is also a pedagogical approach that allows us to reclaim our taste by focusing our attention and awakening our senses that were put to sleep by the predominance of sight.
In Cairo, the Dans le Noir? Team has developed a unique experience in the world by finding information about the cuisine of the Court of Pharaohs in ancient Egypt. The restaurant has of course adapted these recipes to the imperatives of our time but keeping the authenticity of the ingredients and methods of preparation. Lunch or dinner at Dans le Noir? Gizeh is a true sensory and cultural experience unique in the world that will perfectly complement your visit to the pyramids and to the new Grand egyption Museum which will soon open its doors.
DANS LE NOIR ?
170 B Hadayk el Ahram, Khofo Gate, Giza, Egypt.
Absolutely! Not a glimmer of light, and no candle! To keep the room completely dark, you will be asked to place all potential light sources such as lighters, mobile phones or cameras in the cloakroom provided free of charge. We will also ask you to deposit your coat and/or handbag and other bags or objects, to free yourself of any clutter, avoid losing something or creating a dangerous obstacle in the dark. Remember to put your watch in your pocket or in your bag if it’s valuable. Almost all watches are luminous.
We have made every effort to keep our prices affordable, to make this experience accessible to all. The current price takes into account safety requirements, the fact that we employ more staff than other restaurants and a cuisine based on fresh products.
We employ 6 visually impaired or blind guides at the Auckland restaurant. More than 30 people among our teams worldwide are vision impaired which is almost half of our staff.
Other blind experts are also available to run our sensory space and its wine tasting sessions, for special events such as organising recruitment sessions, company events, official receptions, product launches, press events, sensory workshops, brainstorming or team building sessions, etc.
People with visual impairments don’t just work in the company as waiters. For example, the Deputy Director of our Group is blind. We also often employ consultants, experts or blind trainers on an ad hoc basis in France, the UK and Europe.
We can accommodate up to 60 people in our dark dining room at the same time. We can also accommodate more people in shifted services. The Rydges Auckland also offers numerous conference rooms and cocktail areas for up to 200 people.
Some customers have admitted to licking their plates in order not to waste a single drop of melted chocolate! They were absolutely right! People who had met on a dating website decided to have their first blind date in the dark room. It was only after their meal and over a drink in our brightly lit bar that they first saw each other's faces. We also hold various events in the dark such as concerts, reading sessions or debates. These events are always incredible, sometimes moving, leaving very good memories! In complete darkness, we are all equal. Whether you are unknown or a celebrity (princes in London, a Prime Minister in France, actors, musicians, athletes, etc.), you never know who is sitting next to you in the darkness!
To dine at the restaurant in Auckland, the easiest way is to book online using our booking service where availability is updated in real-time. You can also book by phone at +64 09-375 5920. For any question, do not hesitate to contact us via the form
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