....Alicia and I didn't spend Christmas together, so New Year's Eve became the day that we exchanged presents and went for dinner.
Our choice of restaurant was borne out of the joint decision for something intimate, new and memorable - so we booked a table at Dans Le Noir. Here, you eat in total darkness and are waited on by blind staff....surely ticking all the boxes we required!
We were led to our table, after a pre-dinner cocktail, along with two other couples who we sat alongside. Literally right next to one another - straight away the 'intimate' part of our dinner was lost, as a group conversation ensued that really couldn't be avoided. In all honesty, it wasn't a problem and we all got on, but Alicia and I couldn't help but feel we had ended up coming to dinner with four others rather than just ourselves.
(follow my leader)
I chose the 'special' menu, where I had no idea what I would be served and Alicia went for the (safer) vegetarian option. Three courses and three glasses of wine followed - all of which I used my hands to consume! I managed to guess the majority of my food - it was tasty, but certainly not outstanding...I felt it was a pretty safe menu to be honest. (Mine was foie gras / steak, liver & mash / dark chocolate mousse & elderflower sorbet).
Time absolutely flew, (and without watches - that are left in a locker along with phone / camera etc - we had no idea), and when we emerged from the darkness it was suddenly 11.55pm. We were offered to the upstairs bar with a glass of champagne and then before we knew it, it was 2009. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
(2009 is now)
Alicia and I got back on our bikes, came home to share a bottle of bubbly, have a dance in the living room and that was that!
We had a great time - a great dinner, but a compete one-off. I do, however, recommend it - it was an experience like no other, placing trust in others, your taste and your senses. Try to ask for a private table though.....
(happy new year from Roy & Lic)