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Eating in Dark Restaurant Help in Dieting?

April 8th, 2008 · 4 Comments ·


I have come across this old news by chance. Dark restaurant.

Have you eaten in dark? No, not the romantic candlelight dinner, but in total dark. In China, the first dark restaurant in Asia started operating in Beijing. Source. Dark restaurants were set up later in Melbourne, Zurich, Paris, Montreal, London and Berlin. Other than that, Russia and the US also have similar restaurants.

Except the corridor leading to the dining hall and washrooms, its other interior was painted entirely black. Customers are dining in darkness while listening to horror story telling. The waiters are wearing night vision goggles and they will lead the customers to the tables. No camera, mobile phone, flash light or even luminous watches are allowed.


According to the restaurant owner, without seeing the food, other senses are stimulated to full alert. Therefore, one will taste the food better. Furthermore, one may eat slower. By eating slower, less food will be consumed. However, eating in the dark may backfire when comes to dieting – some people may not be aware how much they have eaten and end up eating more because many have got used to eat based on what they see, and not so much on how full they are, especially when comes to fried food or soda drink.

By the way, just wonder since nobody can see the waiter and waitress, why do they wear ties? Also, by operating in the dark, I am sure the restaurant owner is happy not to pay high electricity bill and lighting installation. In fact, no one will ever complain if it there is a hair or bug in the food.

OK, I am just kidding.

I understand that most dark restaurants hire blind or visually impaired people. So, these workers definitely deserve credit for working to earn their own livings. Hopefully, after having meals in dark restaurants, customers will appreciate their next meal which can be eaten normally, and also their valuable eyesight.



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4 responses so far ↓
  • willchua // Apr 8, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    err… then how the customer eat ler? cannot see woh…how to take the food or even know where the food is located? Ha ha..

  • Lisan // Apr 9, 2008 at 12:38 AM

    Hahaha…..interesting, but one problem, how do we know whether we finished our meal on the plate or not? Unless we use our hands to touch the plates…………

  • sylvesteR // Apr 9, 2008 at 1:48 AM

    Of course people eat slower in the dark, they’ll feel tired and sleepy eventually. You might not know if you doze off on the dining table after all, haha!!

  • kaiwen // Apr 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

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