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“Definitely heading back again! ”
Review of NOX - Dine in the Dark - CLOSED

NOX - Dine in the Dark
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Fusion
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Arab Street
Description: At NOX – Dine In The Dark, we invite you to plunge into an intriguing new world of mystery and sensation you have never experienced before, and join us on a culinary journey through taste, smell, touch and sound, in total darkness. Seated in our pitch-black dining room, you will be guided and served by blind or visually impaired individuals that have been specially trained to offer guidance and reassurance to sighted guests. It is truly a rich human experience when the roles are reversed and the blind become your eyes, opening your mind to a deeper consciousness. Also, discover our exquisite menu crafted from the finest ingredients by our Chef de Cuisine and his team, and enjoy our fine wine selection and unique signature cocktails customized for each individual's palate. NOX - Dine in the Dark is definitely more than just dining, it is a unique mind-altering sensory experience! Experience this new European dining trend first-hand and 'see' it for yourself!
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

It was indeed a unique experience, with your sense of sight being taken away.
Having to rely on just your sense of taste on food, your tastebuds really open up and we were able to really just enjoy food in its purest form.
Our server was very professional and his instructions were clear and yet amiable. I like how he was so attentive to details, explaining to us clearly how to enjoy our dinner. His service was impeccable!
Food wise, I am shocked to have tried food which I normally wouldn't think of. And they are actually really tasty and delicious! Thumbs up to the fresh ingredients and fusion cooking method! And at the end of our dinner, we are brought down to the bar area where the dishes are than revealed to us.
Definitely coming back again!

Date of visit: June 2016
1  Thank Lostinnowhere
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NOXDineInTheDark, Guest Relations Manager at NOX - Dine in the Dark, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Dear Lostinnowhere,

Thank you for visiting us and we are happy to know that you loved your experience so much you will be heading back to NOX soon!

It was our pleasure to have served you and we are glad you loved our service and food, and that we were able to give you a different perspective on ingredients you would not normally order.

We look forward to meeting you again soon, for another round of great food and good fun!

Have a great week ahead!

Cheers,
Rachel

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Reviewed 22 August 2016

This experience was incredible! I have never done anything like it and would highly recommend doing it whilst you're in Singapore.

We tried lots of different foods - some were a bit strange for my liking, with random infusions and textures, but still good to try. I really liked that there were other people in the dark restaurant, we got chatting and attempted to guess each others age/ occupation etc. which was very funny! A must do.

Date of visit: February 2016
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Thank 930gabim
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NOXDineInTheDark, Guest Relations Manager at NOX - Dine in the Dark, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2016

Dear Gabi M,

It was great having you over for dinner and thank you for choosing NOX - Dine in the Dark as your dining venue. We appreciate that you came with an open mind and enjoyed the dining experience overall.

Like you mentioned, the dine-in-the-dark experience is a very unique one and one that should be experienced first-hand. The people dynamics in the dark is also very unique. From time to time, many guests make new friends or form conversations with the people around them, playing guessing games (like in your case) or delving into in-depth conversations about food or life.

We hope to see you back again when you're in town. And in the meantime, stay cool and fun!

Cheers,
Rachel

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Reviewed 21 August 2016

The best dining experience I have ever had! This is such an awesome and unique way to dine! It is legitimate, all in the dark - I'm talking, pitch black, can't even see your own hand in front of your face - dark!

The food is absolutely amazing, and the accompanying cocktail pairing (optional) are superb! The people running the place are fantastically hospitable and welcoming, which makes this experience, so much better!

The waitstaff are equally fantastic, and blind too! Everyone's sense of humour and approach to this concept is phenomenal.

Be sure to let them know about any dietary requirements, so they can make amendments accordingly!! I would absolutely, 100% return with more people!!!

Definitely worth checking out!!!!!

Date of visit: August 2016
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NOXDineInTheDark, Guest Relations Manager at NOX - Dine in the Dark, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2016

Dear hopdan88,

Thank you for taking the opportunity to dine with us and it was our pleasure to have served you during your visit.

It warms our hearts to know that you enjoyed every bit of the experience and look forward to meet more of your friends and family. We are eager to let them experience first-hand this unique concept that we offer, and hope they will enjoy it as much as you did.

To more fun and delicious dine-in-the-dark-adventures to be had! Have a lovely week ahead!

Cheers,
Rachel

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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

The experience is very interesting but...
As it was Friday, the restaurant was full & the waiter ask us few times to eat faster. He was polite but the message was clear. We stayed 1h15 including the time to go to our table.
Food is good but value for money is not. There is also too much savors: spicy, seafood, meat, fish... a big mix of everyday meals! Maybe 2 starters 2 main 2 dessert will be enough!

Date of visit: August 2016
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NOXDineInTheDark, Guest Relations Manager at NOX - Dine in the Dark, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2016

Dear Lalalala D,

Thank you for your feedback and for trying out this unique way to dine with us.

We are glad you loved the food but it is unfortunate that you thought we were giving our guests too much variety. Majority of our guests love the fact that we are providing them with a variety of 12 dishes, 4 for each appetizer, main and dessert course. Especially in the dark, and your senses are heightened, it is an interesting experience to try such a variety of dishes - with different sauces, spices, herbs, and aromatics, making each dish very different from the next. It is part of the concept to bring as many flavours, textures, and temperatures to the diner as we can, so that they can receive a wholesome and full sensory dining experience with us.

We hope to see you back on another occasion and may be able to work out something with regards to your meal. Till then, have a very lovely week!

Cheers,
Rachel

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Reviewed 13 August 2016

There's something about high-end restaurants that won't serve tap water that bugs us. If it's the profit margin on the beverage, why not up the price of the meal by a few dollars and throw in a bottle of tap water? Or perhaps charge a service fee for the glasses, etc. But having to drink bottled water when the public supply is perfectly safe feels unnecessary to us. We asked our host Jeremy if NOX could charge more for the meal and serve tap water (in a bottle if we were to have the experience of puring it out for ourselves) but he said he couldn't as it was a hygiene issue. We would have rated the restaurant a notch or two higher if not for this unpleasantness. We won't be back.

The meal itself was interesting. The three-course menu is fixed (though dietary constraints are catered for). Taster-sized portions of each of four starters, mains and desserts plus the amuse bouche, for a total of 13 dishes. The quality ranged from average to excellent, the starters and desserts definitely scoring over the mains. Service was prompt and friendly. A tad expensive for the quality but probably worth one visit for the experience of dining it complete darkness - gimmicky, but fun, and enhances appreciation for the sense of sight. Almost the only topic of conversation for our group of four was the meal we were eating - somehow taking away sight made us all focus on what we were eating. We won't describe the dishes as half the fun is trying to guess what one ate - and we made some interesting mistakes.

But coming back to the incident with the water, pricey dining does have to be a bit about the experience too, for us. Our evening was devalued by the bit about the water, so our evening at NOX was overall, not a great experience.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Thank Ashok-Seenu
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NOXDineInTheDark, Guest Relations Manager at NOX - Dine in the Dark, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2016

Dear Ashok-Seenu,

Thank you for dining with us and for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the food, our friendly service and the dine-in-the-dark experience.

We appreciate your opinion and respect your point of view. However, it is not that we do not serve tap water at all, we just do not serve it in our dining area. We too agree that the public supply is safe, and therefore do serve tap water in our lit lounge area.

First and foremost, by serving bottled water, we would like our diners to get the experience, and enjoy the fun of pouring water from a bottle into their glasses in the dark. It is the first step and first interaction our guests have to understanding the life of the visually impaired.

Due to the concept of our restaurant and dynamics of the restaurant flow in the pitch black dining room, we do not serve tap water in our dining area as we want to ensure the highest level of hygiene for all our diners. Taking into consideration that our dining room is pitch black and our hosts are all visually impaired, we would prefer to open a new and fresh bottle of water each time a diner is seated at the table to avoid any accidental contamination. This, we feel, also contributes to allowing our guests to feel safe and relaxed, with one less thing to worry about, in what some may feel is a tad daunting experience to begin with (since they are eating in complete darkness).

Thank you for your suggestions, but someone else will come along and comment about the extra costs if we did charge extra for food or glasses. With that said, we hope you understand it from our point of view as we do yours.

Have a lovely week ahead!

Cheers,
Rachel

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