Restaurant Review: Noire Dubai at Spectrum on One

A Dubai restaurant has put a new spin on ‘blind tasting’, and I sent my colleague Swainy along to overcome her fear of the dark…
ByOlivia SpadavecchiaThursday , 12 September 2013
Restaurant Review: Noire Dubai at Spectrum on One
© Restaurant Review: Noire Dubai at Spectrum on One
Restaurant Review: Noire Dubai at Spectrum on One
Restaurant Review: Noire Dubai at Spectrum on One
© Restaurant Review: Noire Dubai at Spectrum on One
Restaurant Review: Noire Dubai at Spectrum on One

INFO: Dhs325, 7.30pm, Fri-Mon, Fairmont Dubai, 04 311 8316, www.fairmont.com

Noire Dubai is not your usual dining experience. First I was led into the dining room with my hand on a waiter’s shoulder; he helped me feel my way into a chair before guiding my hands to some cutlery.
Noire Dubai has been set up in a section of top brunch spot Spectrum on One at the Fairmont Dubai. Diners indulge in a three-course meal served by a team of waiters in night-vision goggles in a pitch-black restaurant.
From the texture of my first mouthful, I thought I was eating was fish. Then I got a hint of potato. The dish was pretty tasty. But when I was led outside for the big reveal, I’d been served paneer, an Indian dish of cottage cheese. And I hate cheese. I was surprised!
Executive chef Lorraine Sinclair, 41, explains: “People eat with their eyes. You’re taking away one of your senses so it heightens all your other senses. But you’ve got to go in with an open mind.”
And if you’re worried this kind of dining could get messy, you’re right! “There have been a few waiters who’ve missed glasses when pouring and a few guests have picked up a fork and shoved it into their cheek,” says Lorraine. 

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