By MOLLY TEITELBAUM
It’s always someone’s birthday. And even if it isn’t, there’s always some reason to go out for dinner. But when you’re tired of your regular haunts, dining out can become lackluster and repetitive.
O.Noir Restaurant is the perfect solution to this problem. Montreal’s O.Noir is Canada’s first-ever dining in the dark experience – a concept already popular overseas and in New York. But Torontonians fear not: this sublime food experience is also in your city. Before entering the pitch-black dining area, you order your meal: a starter and an entrée or an entrée and dessert for $32, or a starter, entrée, and dessert for $39. Though a pretty penny, this is a once in a lifetime occurrence, and thus totally worth it. Upon entering the dining area, guided by your legally blind host or hostess, unimaginable darkness surrounds you and guarantees an atypical and memorable meal.
With your remaining senses heightened, you’ll savour your food in an entirely new way. The cuisine itself is sumptuous fusion, with favourites like Grilled Portobello Mushroom with Parmigiano shavings and balsamic vinegar, and Five Spice Filet Mignon. If you do choose O.Noir as a first date destination (a way to ensure you aren’t blinded by your hunk’s cute smile and overlooking his awful conversation), make sure you check yourself out in the mirror upon exiting the darkened dining area: food will likely wind up in places you hadn’t imagined.
Reservations are highly recommended.
1631 Sainte-Catherine Street West
620 Church St
Toronto, ON M4Y 2G2