The French can get away with a lot of nonsense. A new restaurant has opened up in London called Dans le Noir. For a start this translates as In the Dark, which doesn’t sound nearly as sexy. Just a bit distressing. But the meat and potatoes of this story is down to the fact that customers are served their food in pitch darkness. The founder, Edouard de Broglie, or Edward of the Broglie, said: “Your nose, fingers, ears make you face the reality of the taste of the food.” Bloody hell. Since when was listening to a plate of moules-frites ever a good thing? And does this mean that the team of four blind waiters would have to feel up my food before handing it out? I’d have a good mind to chop off their tails.
– Donal Coonan