Dans Le Noir ? At Rydges


Dans le Noir? (French for “In the Dark ?”) is an international company offering patrons a unique experience by eating in complete darkness, guided and served by low vision or blind people. More than 1.2 million people have already lived this experience worldwide with Dans le Noir? Coming to Auckland City from March 24th, 2017 at Rydges Auckland.

A Sensory Journey
Dining in absolute darkness is a sensory experience that awakens senses and enables guests to completely re-evaluate their perception of taste and smell.

Patrons will taste a refined cuisine adapted to total darkness through 3 surprise menus freshly created by the team of Owen Rarity, the Head Chef of Rydges Auckland, trained by the experts of Dans le Noir ? to adjust menus to the environment. Wine pairing will enrich this unique sensory experience.

A gourmet menu and surprise cocktails will delight palates too.

A Place to Socialise
Darkness eradicates shyness & fosters free conviviality erasing preconceptions. Communication becomes more intense, authentic and spontaneous.

A Unique Human Experience
Blind people work not only as waitstaff but also as guides during this experience. Reversing roles, the guide becomes patrons’ eyes for the time of the dinner!

The staff hiring and training in Auckland is being conducted by Dans le Noir? experts in partnership with the Blind Foundation. The Blind Foundation is New Zealand’s main provider of practical and emotional support for the 12,100 Kiwis who are blind or have low vision, enabling them to face their future with confidence.

An Amazing Place for Your Next Event:
– Small or large private parties
– Business functions
– Team building
– Tasting in the dark

In this 60 seats exclusive venue, there will be between 1 to 3 services a day from Thursday to Sunday (schedule available online). The restaurant will also welcome corporate, private and special events (business functions, team building, diversity awareness, blind tasting, music or cultural events in the dark…) on request every day of the week.


Dinner in the dark:
Thursday to Sunday, 7:30pm/8:30pm*


$95 for a 3-course menu

$122 with wine matching


Surprise your senses as never before! Enjoy a unique sensory experience, thanks to our famous surprise menus in three different versions (Trust
the Chef, Seafood and Vegan) assisted by unexpected guides. Your evening will be full of conviviality, excitement but also self-questioning. A full immersion in this sensual dining adventure will impress you as a once lifetime experience. If you are interested in another time slot (breakfast, lunch or
dinner), please just contact us! (*conditions apply)



email: [email protected] or by phone: 09-375 5920
Events or business functions can be booked from now on 021 333 929.

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  • 59 Federal Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, Auckland
  • 09-375 5920 -
  • Lunch in the dark:
    Every Saturday & Sunday, 12:30pm
    Dinner in the dark:
    Thursday to Sunday, 6:30pm/8:30pm*

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