Dining in the Dark @ Opaque in Los Angeles by Shiwana Latrice

Dining in the Dark – Awaken Your Senses

Close your eyes. Cover them with both hands. Now, walk into your darkest closet and close the door. Imagine it being that dark for an hour or two while you take in the most flavorful food you’ve ever eaten. Opaque in Los Angeles takes you on a journey that enhances your sense of “taste, smell, touch, and hearing by abandoning the one that we most often take for granted” – sight. This is “Dining in the Dark”. The building, all black, has no décor on the outside. The entrance, with its fluorescent purple, green, blue and yellow fluorescent lighting, is reminiscent of a contemporary nightclub complete with a DJ blasting the latest Top 40 hits. I was told to prepare myself for the most sensual dining experience I had ever had. I really had no clue what was in store.

Once in, we were seated in a booth with no table (picture a nightclub), but were the only ones in area. “This is odd,” I thought. “We’re the only ones here with the exception of our greeter and a cute bartender.” The greeter brought us our menus, told us to look it over, and he’ll be back to take our order. Ok…so really? Where are we supposed to eat the food when it comes? Behold, enters our waiter who is – catch this – visually impaired. That’s right, ladies and gents, the waiter is blind, and has been “specially trained to serve meals in the dark, casually and comfortably offering guidance and reassurance for sighted guests.”

Cell phones turned completely off to avoid the possibility of any light coming in, and away we go into the darkest, blackest room, I have ever been in…EVER. My hand on his shoulder, my date’s on mine, our waiter guides us to our table, talking us through every single step and turn. Once seated, we were guided around the table – remember, it’s pitch black – to our silverware, water glasses, bread basket and butter. Be sure to pay close attention to the waiter’s instructions, or your hands will end up in the butter, and you just may knock over your glass of water, temporarily ruin your nice new silk dress, and be forced to move to another table. J

The aroma and flavor of the appetizer, potatoes, gravy in shot glass (which we weren’t told was gravy until we tried to take a shot), salad with the candied pecans (which I normally hate) and the Atlantic salmon were intensified. Some of the best food I’d had in L.A. *Side note* If you become a clumsy butt and start to drop food in your lap, it’s ok. Put your fork down, and eat with your fingers. It’s totally cool because your date can’t see you – AT ALL.* All of our senses heightened because our vision was briefly taken away. I would even go as far as to say that all things were heightened because the conversation was one of the most intimate my date and I had had in a long time, and I’ve known him for over 30 years.

I suggest “Dining in the Dark” for a blind date. Imagine meeting someone, sight unseen, and having the most fascinating conversation, with no judgment. “Dining in the Dark” affords you that opportunity. Conversation based on…the individual; not his/her outward appearance. FASCINATING! The cost is $99 per person, but it’s not the food you’re paying for, it’s the experience in its entirety.

Don’t be afraid of the dark! To quote Opaque,” after all, the best things in life are not always what you see!” I’m just sayin’!

Shiwana Latrice












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