Food for Thought: Multi-sensory Munching
London is hardly lacking in quirky restaurants but the emerging perceptive scene has taken distinctive dining to a whole new level. These exciting food experiences encourage engaging with what’s physically on the plate, and what’s going on in the present moment. We’ve selected three immersive, and sense-enhancing places, that are definitely worth a visit.
SCIENTIFIC SUPPER: The Chef’s Table
With just 12 guests at each supper, this event at The Chef’s Table is an intimate affair, where the psychology of eating is just as important as the ten-course tasting menu itself. Adapting the atmosphere of the studio to each individual course, the audio, lighting, projections, aromas, and textures
are all crucial in enhancing the unique flavour combinations of the menu.
DINING IN THE DARK: Dans Le Noir
Led into the darkness by a visually impaired waiter, guests must leave vanity at the door and utilise their other senses to focus on their food without any sight-based judgements getting in the way. The premise is for diners to choose from three surprise menus – red (meat-based), blue (pescatarian), or green (vegan). Diners will then have to carefully sniff, chew and even feel their food to figure out what they’re eating.
FLICKS WITH FARE: Taste Film
Taste Film brings foodies and film-buffs distinct cinematic experiences, where a menu inspired by the film of choice is served in real-time to what is happening on screen. Previous screenings include Mrs. Doubtfire, Amélie and the iconic Pretty Woman, where mussels were served at Julia Roberts’ “Slippery lil suckers” line. For Halloween, get spooked by Silence of the Lambs, whilst feating on lava beans and chianti.