Finally, a place to take that blind date you’ve been avoiding.
It’s a restaurant called Opaque. And it’s dark. Not dark as in dimly lit. But dark as in you can’t see the person sitting next to you. Perfect.
There are three locations: San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. The idea is that if you can’t use your eyes, you’ll make better use of your other senses, like taste and smell. And touch. (We always did love those Halloween haunted houses, where you put your hand in cold spaghetti and go “Ewww!”)
All the waiters at Opaque are blind. They can find their way around in the dark. In fact, the original “dark” restaurants, in Europe, were started in cooperation with France’s Paul Guinot Foundation for Blind People.
You order in the lounge. The menu consists of three courses–salad, entree, dessert–and it costs about $99. (So they rob you blind then they make you eat in the pitch dark. Just rubbing it in, we suppose.)
The food at Opaque is not what you might guess–things that’d be easy to eat if you can’t see them. No fishsticks or popsicles. Instead, it’s your standard nouvelle fare. The San Francisco branch has dishes like grilled salmon with soba noodle salad, green beans and summer squash. (Noodle salad? You can expect half of that to end up in your lap.)
But we suppose knocking the food is missing the point. It’s really about the experience. And it does sound interesting. But we’ll stick with pizza on the couch. At least we can find our way to the bathroom.