This Unique Restaurant Inside Express Avenue Lets You Dine And Play Games, All In The Dark
A novelty restaurant coupled with a beautifully guided tour of what it’s like to be a blind person, for under an hour — you need to experience Dialogue In The Dark, at least once!
What Makes It Awesome
Dialogue In The Dark, is in a mall. Express Avenue to be specific, and as far as mall attractions go, I didn’t expect much going in. After signing up and storing my valuables in their locker, I met our blind tour guide Mr. Velmurugan. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m afraid of the dark, and the space he led us through was pitch black. Butterflies aplenty in my stomach as we entered. The idea behind the tour is to see how we use our other senses, when we’re robbed of sight and right off the bat, I learned that we (able sighted folk) had none.
Mr. Velmurugan, however, was witty, confident and in his element, not only was he able to navigate through an obstacle-filled room with ease, he was able to safely take a group of us through all of it. We were taught to use our other senses through tasks and games. They ranged from us having to identify various vegetables by their shape and texture, to playing cricket by listening to the sound of the ball and even using a computer!
After the guided tour we were led to the dining area (also pitch black), where we were brought our pre-selected veg/ non-veg meal. There was no way to differentiate between the foods other than to touch, smell or taste them. While the food we were brought was the usual pulao, roti, and chicken, the added challenge of having to use my other senses, I believe, made it taste amazing.
Dialogue In The Dark is more than just a restaurant, it’s an experience. We don’t want to give too much away. We’ll let you “see” for yourselves. And for a city that is usually given shtick for not having fun things to do, this is definitely worth checking out!
Price: INR 400 for the guided tour & INR 600 for the meal (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are priced the same).