Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I tried to dress up even though my state of mind and body was not the best. We arrived to this old building, almost like a church or some other religious monument and got to the reception where there's a receptionist explaining the whole concept of the restaurant. It's a gourmet restaurant BUT all in the darkness, served and hosted by blind people. And with total darkness I mean, black, noir, negro ... to the extend where you couldn't even see your own fingers in front of you, no matter how hard you tried.
At first I felt, noooo ... what, why? How fun is it to sit in the middle of people which you wont see, eat food you won't appreciate with your eyes and why the %€#& had i dressed up and wore 14cm heels if there was no purpose to it. (The last couple of weeks have taken the best of my positive spirit and yes, I was somewhat in a grumpy mood). I was a little disappointed of the choice of restaurant I have to say. When we got in to the salon, I got all dissy, the darkness put the balance totally out of system and to find our way we had to hold the blind woman's shoulder as a little train in order to know where we were heading. So we was seated and started to talk.
She explained where the glass was standing, where the wine and water was and tried to make us comfortable. I was so annoyed at the beginning and my eyes tried to see the smallest little something but without result which left the brain frustrated. We started talking but it felt so strange and bizarre talking out into the darkness when we had no idea who sat next to us or in the rest of the restaurant.
By the time I got my entree, a delicious cream potato soup with smokey bacon and I handle that one with bravur, finding the spoon and getting the soup from the plate to my mouth without loosing it in my lap - i felt happier and my eyes had actually come to sense with the dark setup and I felt relaxed. All the other senses in our body kicked it and suddenly I heard better and the flavours seemed so much more fascinating when I couldn't see what I was eating, but rather had to explore it all inside my mouth.
The main course was harder. A big plate (i think) with a perfectly made lamb, roasted potato with beet roots and walnut cream sauce. I had to dance with my fingers over the dish when it arrived to have some sort of idea where on the plate the things were located. But cutting a lamb in the dark and getting it up on a fork and into my mouth was harder then ever. Trying to get small pieces of sauce and beet roots seemed like impossible at start. But we managed and the food was so wonderful, the fight felt okay in the end. It was actually rather fun and got us laughing a lot during the meal.
The desert came in five small teasers, and it was so interesting to feel and explore all the different flavours without using my eyes.
The blind workers were as excellent as on a top restaurant and to get their attention, you just called out their name. It was truly an experience and I can't wait to get back there with a larger amount of friends. That must be quite something.
Thank you baby for sharing me up and always taking me to something special.
Click HERE to get to the restaurant, this is a idea who is spread all around the world and it's truly something you have to explore. It's such a great way for people with disabilities to be appreciated and show how excellent they manage something that for us, feels impossible. The restaurant have 30 blind employees and they all take great pride of their job and showing us how life in total darkness can be.
(cashmere wrap top with lace: Ralph Lauren black label, skirt: H&M, heels: Christian Louboutin & bag: Chanel)