Tucked away in Beach Road is NOX – Dine in the Dark, an adventurous fine dining joint that is set to steal the hearts of patrons hoping to try interesting dining concepts.
We had a great time trying out the mystery set menu crafted with premium ingredients prepared by their Chef and team. We chilled out for about 10 mins before the staff came to tell us that our guide (blind or visually impaired individuals) is waiting for us. All belongings had to be kept in the locker and NOT ALLOWED to bring anything that gives out light.
Starting the night of excitement at NOX – Dine in the Dark
It is a truly human experience when the roles are reversed and the blind become your eyes, opening your mind to a deeper consciousness. From climbing the stairs to finding our way to the seats, we were orientated to count our steps and listen for directions very carefully.
Everything was pitch dark. From fear to confidence, you will just place 100% trust on your guide. The short affinity built up trust and respect.
Beautiful battle to dine in pitch-black room
Like any fine dining tasting menu, their menu comprises of amuse bouche, appetizers, mains and etc. Interestingly, each segment is served with sampling portions in four small porcelain bowls. When each course is served, you start eating from the one closest to you. Then you move in a clockwise direction.
Feeling vulnerable and and powerless, we were totally dependent on other sensory functions like hearing and touch. We poured our own cups of water (by putting one finger to feel for the brim). We reached out for our own fork and spoon to stuff food into our mouths. What an uphill task!
Surprising show-stopping food highlights
What comes as surprising find in a place like NOX – Dine in the Dark will be their mains and desserts. The meat dishes taste exceedingly good with intense flavours. Their desserts were show-stoppers. This is definitely a great way to close the night with.
We completed our meals 1.5 hours later. We were asked to fill in a questionnaire which asked us to identify ingredients from our dinner (specific food highlights will be kept as secret till you try them!). The restaurant manager then showed us the actual menu and photo of how it looked like.
Review Rating: 7.5/10
269, Beach Road Singapore 199546
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6PM till late
Nearest station: Bugis