Hotel Offers Dinner in the Dark Served by Blind Staff

by Anthony Losanno
Dining in the Dark

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Dinner in the dark has been offered in various cities for quite a few years. Now, one hotel in Nairobi is taking it one step further with meals served by a team of visually impaired waiters.

Dining in the dark offers a unique sensory experience where guests have the opportunity to enjoy a meal without their sense of sight. In a dimly lit environment, patrons are guided to their seats and encouraged to rely on their other senses to fully appreciate the flavors, textures, and aromas of the food. The absence of visual cues enhances the perception of taste, making each bite a moment of discovery. Although it may sound fantastical, dining in the dark is a real concept that aims to stimulate and challenge one’s senses while fostering a deeper appreciation for the culinary arts.
Tribe Hotel

The Tribe Hotel in Gigiri, Nairobi has launched this experience, but the guests aren’t the only ones able to not see the meal. The entire staff is sightless. When guests arrive at the restaurant, they are led by a blind server in a conga line to their table in the dining room. Servers then return to deliver food and drinks as they would during any normal dinner. The three-course meal is served in complete darkness. (Photo Credit:

The waiters are trained by blind specialists from London and the franchise owner, Abdul Kamara, says that “the experience changes the perception and gives more prominence to the saying: Disability is not inability. The joke I often make with people is ‘Dining in the Dark’ is just like every day at home for me.” Kamara lost his sight in 2008.

Anthony’s Take: This is a cool concept. I’ve wanted to try dining in the dark and this kicks it up a notch. Plus, it’s great to see individuals with disabilities given the training and opportunity to work and not be treated as unable to be part of society.

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