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Not Seeing is Believing: Opaque's Dining in the Dark

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Seeing the menu for the first and only time in the lounge, before nothing else will be seen. (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
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"Close your eyes, give me your hands..." Okay, yes, that's the start of a Bangles' ballad, but it's a lot like how an evening of Dining in the Dark at Opaque starts, too. Stripping away one of your key senses just for one meal, diners who take the plunge into pitch black and pick up their forks experience what it's like to lean on the other four senses.Recently LAist was invited to check out Dining in the Dark, which takes place every Friday and Saturday night here in Los Angeles at the V Lounge in Santa Monica, and in other cities all over the world. Dining in the Dark is trend imported from Europe, where major cities have been putting on dinners in total darkness with great response from diners for some time, and Opaque has enjoyed its incarnation here in Los Angeles for the past couple of years.

Arriving just around sunset one balmy early summer night, my dining companion and I perched nervously in Opaque's waiting lounge. Here, the lights are dim and purply--it is a nightclub after all--which helps to ease you into the darkness of what's to come. Here is also where you peruse your brief menu, and select which of the salad, entree, and dessert options you'll have in your prix fixe 3-course dinner. One last trip to the restroom is in order while you wait, just to ward off the chance of having to abandon the sheath of darkness during the meal for temporary sight. "I hear that people can sometimes start to go crazy if they are deprived of their sight for a long time," I whisper nervously to my co-diner. She laughs.