BANGKOK Dining in the dark – that much talked about exercise which has put a new spin on ice breakers – is now available in the Thai capital in a restaurant setting.
The dark dining concept was first played out at a family home in Switzerland in September 1999 and later developed into a proper F&B outlet with current locations in New York and LA. This latest Dine in the Dark (DID) outlet is located on the premises of The Ascott Sathorn serviced residences.
Benjamin Baskins, director of operations, Mango Group, which brought DID to Thailand, said: "Apart from offering companies a unique team building and networking experience by heightening participants' non-visual senses, it also presents an opportunity for corporate social responsibility. Dine in the Dark makes possible employment for qualified young visually impaired individuals and allots 10 per cent of the net profits for a skills improvement programme for the blind."
A group of 50 people can be accommodated in the restaurant, but larger groups can find space in The Ascott's ballroom, said Baskins. There is a range of menus available, including a three-course meal with a Thai, western or vegetarian theme, a five-course gastro culinary experience and even a "surprise" meal. Special touches such as wine tasting, a violin player, concerts and poem reading – all in a pitch-black atmosphere among others can be requested.
Margie T Logarta