Abu Dhabi’s award-winning Beach Hotel and Resort, Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences, renowned for its beachfront location and Arabian elegance, has added an exciting new dining concept to their culinary portfolio…dining in the dark.
The exclusive restaurant, Fresh Basil – Pitch Black Dining, located on the 2nd floor of the hotel promises a one-of-a-kind tailored-made experience. Its unique look has been specially designed to assist with the transition from light to dark, from known to unknown.
No electronic devices are allowed inside the pitch-black room, hence the lack of distractions fosters the notion that dining in the dark sharpens diners’ senses. It emphasis on taste, mouthfeel, fragrance, and sound, alongside promoting of the art of talking. For some the concept might seem daring or unusual, for all that have tried it has been proven to be a unique, fun and risk-free, a once in a lifetime opportunity: “It has been a journey… from the arrival experience where we have been welcomed until the last bite and the de-briefing”.
Diners will be seated in the pitch black room by night vision equipped waiters. Each dining experience lasts between 60 to 90 minutes, allowing guests time to adjust to their new surroundings before being served a 3-course dinner. Before entering guests can choose their drinks. The meal package starts from AED 249 per person and dinner service is available from Monday to Friday 7:30pm to 10:00 pm.
The idea has been created and implemented under the guidance of Elias Saad, Director of Food & Beverage, also the social face of the capital’s flourishing dining scene. Nemo Acimovic, General Manager at Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences also commented, “We are happy to host such a unique and enriching dining approach as Fresh Basil – Pitch Black Dining. We can see that the concept is generating a buzz in the market already even during pre-opening phase.”
Fresh Basil’s – Pitch Black Dining mystery menu has been carefully curated by Executive Chef Yvan Marclay and Head Chef Gayan Rupasinghe to welcome the most agile and exigent tastebuds, while taking into consideration allergies and preferences of guests. In order to make the experience tailor made and as personalized as possible The Fresh Basil – Pitch Black Dining, is available to book in advance with very limited seats, up to 20 diners every evening.
Arrival Experience: Upon arrival staff will welcome the diners with a welcome beverage and canapes as they explain the concept and the dining process. Before seated to the table in the pitch black room, guests are asked to place all light emitting objects into the secure boxes provided.
Dining Experience: During the dining experience, guests will enjoy a 3 – courses set menu, one course at a time. Each delicious course has been beautifully created to entice the taste buds and awaken the senses through flavours that flow from dish to dish.
The Reveal: After the Dining in the Dark is completed, the guests will meet the Chef, after which the mystery will be revealed by uncovering of each course.
Fresh Basil – Pitch Black Dining, Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences, +971 56 992 2078