The expression Eyes Wide Shut presented here is not so much built around the movie of the same name, though the term does somehow seem to fit the bill rather nicely. What I really want to talk about is the unique dinner in the dark culinary experience that is slowly gripping world attention.
Its strength comes from a blind dinner concept in which participants will travel on an extraordinary journey of discovery. A kinda gastronomic event to re-evaluate the senses.
The Dinner in the Dark concept is gathering rapid momentum around the world and the city of Bangkok in Thailand has not been left out. Due to its enormous success in previous years, the French-Thai Cultural Festival entitled La Fête together with Pullman Bangkok King Power, offer you the opportunity to engage in this extraordinary culinary experience once again.
The Dinner in the Dark events will be held at Pullman Bangkok King Power which is located at 8/2 Rangnam Road, Kweang Thanon-Phayathai, Ratchathewi. It's a prime location in downtown Bangkok not far from Victory Monument and Siam Square.
To get there, take the Sky Train to Victory Monument Station and then walk a little way down Phaya Thai Road before entering Rangnam Road.
There's usually two dinners taking place each evening. The first sitting is around 6:30 pm with a second sitting around 8:30 pm.
The price of each 3-course dinner is 2,200 Baht for which you will be required to pay in advance. It includes 3 glasses of wine for those of you who are 18 years and older. Bookings must be made via the marketing communication department at Pullman Bangkok King Power. The duration of each sitting lasts for a period of 1 hour and you need to be on time.
Please do contact me and let me know how much you enjoyed your experience. I would love to post your comments here.
For most of us it has always been customary to eat with our eyes wide open but now is an opportunity for you to eat with your eyes wide shut. As part of the French, Thai Cultural Festival in Bangkok, you will be invited to eat in the dark.
This gastronomic adventure will surely awaken all other senses, such as taste, smell and touch. Perhaps you'll even experience some sort of Déjà Vu as your sense of sight, temporary abdicates while others hurriedly take their place.
During these interesting moments, you might persistently ask yourself if you'd be able to recognise the delicacies on your plate as easily as your normal thought process would have allowed. Whilst being preoccupied with what's in front of you, one conclusive realisation is that you'll indeed enter the world in which visual prejudices are put on the back-burner. It's unquestionably food for thought.
Though, vision is a blessing that affords many of us great things, this is a brief time warp when the reality of not being able to see anything, will shut us off through any preconceived ideas we may have had. Makes you think about all those who were either born blind of developed blindness through injury.
These Blind Dinner affairs are aptly in place specifically to highlight the skill and competence of the visually-challenged. It is perhaps through these enlightening experiences, that we can better understand how the handicapped live, work and play. Give a little thought to how you can lend support to the less fortunate.
Though there are other restaurants serving dinner in the dark around the world, In the dark or Dans Le Noir is a private chain of restaurants that first opened in Paris 2004.
A second one opened in London 2006 and third in Moscow shortly thereafter. Now two more In the Dark restaurants are earmarked to follow suit in New York and Barcelona. They are the brainchild of two French entrepreneurs.
The origins of the "in the dark" concept is by no means a new fashion statement. By association, it was an age-old belief that the visually-impaired had been using this form of ingenuity since the middle of the 19th century.
The reasoning behind this was to make families and loved ones more sensitive to their visual handicap. It wasn't so much about acting blind but rather about living among friends and family while unifying a unique sensory, gastronomic, human and social adventure.
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