Just don’t wear white clothing…
We’re thrown into darkness with a creepy soundtrack featuring a sinister child’s voice suggesting we’re in for anything but a normal night.
Throw in a scary blood red corridor filled with mysterious shapes and sounds and you’re about ready for a pre-dinner drink.
With both soft and alcoholic options being served up in fake hospital blood bags, seemingly by disenchanted hospital workers, there’s no mistaking we’ve stepped into a cul-de-sac of Halloween horror.
Once checked in by a restaurant team member in a doctor’s mask and the mechanics of the evening explained, we are led in small groups like a human centipede to our designated tables.
Bar the little red light and green glare of the night vision goggles worn by waiting staff “nurses”, the dining space really is completely dark.
Once safely seated, you’re encouraged to locate your cutlery and drinking vessel - drinks are paired with each dish - before the food begins to arrive.
Three courses land, each containing a mix of textures and empowered flavours that are heightened by the loss of a key sense that plays a part in top-drawer cuisine.
This eerie take on the five-star gourmet cuisine experience follows a suitably creepy premise.
“Legend has it that many years ago there was a hospital for the visually impaired on the current grounds of Fairmont Dubai,” says Noire.
“According to local legend, patients started disappearing mysteriously at the hospital some 55 years ago, eventually forcing its closure. Amongst them, a young dark-haired woman, dressed in white, who can every now and then be seen wandering around the floors of the hotel…”
Executive Chef Renald Epie’s team were happy to reveal what we had been consuming immediately after the sitting - and some of it came as quite a surprise.
“We have to be very careful when managing the textures and flavours at Noire,” he explains, “mainly because the dining experience takes place in pitch darkness and our guests trust one of their most important senses – vision - to our hands.”
The menu changes on a weekly basis, including through October during this haunted take on the Noire offering.
“Creativity is also crucial – to make sure that we prepare the three-course gourmet menu in a way that guests won’t guess the ingredients at first bite,” continues the chef.
“Dietary restrictions and food allergies are also something which we are paying very close attention to.
The result of this special edition is a 90-minute multi-sensory dining experience that could have you re-examining how you enjoy your food in the future.
Not to mention wondering whether staff at your favourite restaurants previously worked in the medical profession.
NOIRE’S haunted dining in the dark dining experience is available until October 31, Monday to Saturday, at 7.30pm - only one seating per evening by reservation only.
IT costs AED360 with soft beverages or AED399 with grape pairing, per person.
ADVANCE bookings are required, made via phone: 04 311 8316 or through emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
YOU can also click on https://www.fairmont.com/dubai/dining/noire-dining-in-the-dark/ for more.