Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok is proud to be the first 5-star hotel in Thailand to introduce the Dine in the Dark concept. Held within the hotel’s chic gastro lounge, BarSu the unique culinary concept invites guests to experience their dinner in total darkness.
Dine in the Dark or DID is an extraordinary culinary experience designed to awaken your senses. Pioneered in Zurich in 1999 by a Swiss socialite and trendsetter, who happened to be blind, DID brought together his sighted friends for cocktails and social gatherings, and created a whole new set of sensations and experiences based on the combination of total darkness, social interaction, dining and drinking. By 1999 the growing popularity of the concept expanded into a fine dining restaurant and social club. Since then, DID has spread to Germany, Paris, London, and now Bangkok.
At DID, diners can take their dining experience to a whole new level as visually impaired guides lead them on a remarkable journey of sensory awareness in the dark. Challenging, thought provoking and fun, DID allows diners to get in touch with all of their senses – except one. Their remaining senses are enhanced. Conversation becomes more intimate and immediate. Sensations are stimulated, sounds amplified, their imagination is increased and they gain
an understanding of their hosts’ lives.
Upon arrival at BarSu, guests are welcomed at the chic and stylish gastro lounge where their guide for the evening provides a brief introduction to the extraordinary DID concept before offering a choice of four delightful 4-course set menus including Asian, western, vegetarian, and a special surprise option. Guests are invited to surrender any luminous watches and mobile phones, then the visually impaired guides leads them to the private dining room and into total darkness.
Once seated, it is time to adjust to the new environment. Along with fellow diners guests must carefully begin to explore the table in front of them; the cutlery and plates, the position of the glasses. In the pitch-black darkness, they are challenged to draw and retain a mental picture of the dining table. At first there is a feeling of complete disorientation, then excitement and laughter with friends. When the first dish is carefully served by a team of visually impaired guides, the day-to-day difficulties of their world suddenly becomes apparent. Finding the food is quite literally a stab in the dark. Exploring the food on the plate is a challenge that stimulates conversation and competition between friends. The questions, surprises and laughter flow. Without vision, taste sensations become confused and diners may even have to guess what they are eating. The incredible experience amplifies the senses as guests are forced to rely completely on smell, taste, touch and sound.
After a memorable dinner, guests are led back into BarSu where they will be presented with dishes from their chosen menu
It’s often said that we eat as much with our eyes as we do by taste. DID takes diners out of their comfort zone but rewards them with an unforgettable experience and true insight into the world of the blind.
DID is a unique experience for groups of friends and colleagues. Held in a private dining room at BarSu, dining is limited to 20 – 24 guests at each sitting.
The price is 1,450++ Baht per person for food only. For each diner, the hotel will make
a donation to the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand.
Switch off the lights and turn on your senses at Dine in the Dark. Available from
18:30 hrs, Monday – Saturday (last orders 21:30 hrs).
Dine in the Dark is located at BarSu, on the ground floor of Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in the heart of Bangkok’s lively downtown district. Just meters from the Asoke BTS SkyTrain and Sukhumvit MRT subway stations, it’s a breeze to get to.