In Bendigo, we’ve heard of candlelit dinners but have you ever heard of Dining in the Dark? The former creates a kind of romantic ambiance – a certain intimacy by obscuring those around you. The latter plunges your sense of sight entirely into obscurity and then it’s just you, your plate of food, your other senses, and the voices of those around you. Now, that’s a truly intimate ambiance! Some say that without the use of your sight, your other senses are heightened but could that be true?
Well, at this Dining in the Dark experience coming to Bendigo, you can test that theory for yourself. This mysterious phenomenon is returning to Alium Dining and with two, limited-ticket opportunities to see how you fare dining in the dark. There are a couple of sessions over one evening, one at 6 pm and one at 8.30 pm and this is food you’re going to want to taste! This fine-dining restaurant uses local and seasonal produce to create extraordinary plates of food.
What can you expect at Dining in the Dark?
As you arrive at the gorgeous Alium Dining restaurant you’ll be served your choice of three different options. There’s one option for vegetarians, one for meat eaters, and one for seafood lovers. We could tell you what you’ll be served but our fingers are firmly on our lips. Of course, if you are allergic to certain foods then those allergies can certainly be accommodated. The only clue as to what you’re eating will be the aroma as it wafts toward your blindfolded face.
So what’s this about a blindfold? Cheeky diners can’t be allowed to peek, you see. It’s all part of the fun! Don’t worry though, you won’t be wandering into the dark by yourself. Waiters are on hand to guide you to your table and help you with anything you need. You might be tempted to don your finery for a fancy night out but in this instance, it really doesn’t matter what you wear – nobody can see you anyway! Hack away at your food with a knife and fork or just go at it with your hands – it’s totally up to you and this is your chance to experience food in a different way.
In today’s society, it can feel as though we’re constantly conscious of who we’re talking to, their body language, and what they’re doing. Here, all of that is stripped away. It’s just humans with humans, giggling, laughing, and having a good time – fun at its purest. Candlelit dinners? Nah, Dining in the Dark is the new way to really experience intimacy on a date. Got families who never really open up? Wait until you’re all fumbling around the table, mashing food into your faces.
Where is Dining in the Dark?
Alium Dining has to be one of the fanciest restaurants in Bendigo and their focus is modern Australian cuisine. This gorgeous building is a former Royal bank and heritage building, dating back to 1908. Chef Luke Hards boasts years of experience. Having already conquered the kitchen at the renowned Stokehouse in St Kilda (Melbourne), the Royal George Hotel in Kyneton, Castlemaine’s Public Inn, and Balgownie Estate, Hards is now at the helm of Alium Dining’s fine dining experience. Critics love this spot, which sits just beside Rosalind Park.
Dining in the Dark reviews
Aishlea S. – “Fantastic and well thought experience. Really had to rely on other senses to get your way through the table and manage to carefully grab your wine without spilling. Food menu was well thought out… Waitress Georgia was fantastic. Had a great time and would recommend to all”
Devon P. – “Fabulous from start to finish. Waiters were great and welcoming and then food was amazing! Definitely would recommend and can’t wait to come back!”
Marcus J. “First-time experience! It won’t be my last! Great food and atmosphere! The meals were outstanding!”
Dining in the Dark is rolling into Bendigo for one day only. At Alium Dining you have the chance to really test your knowledge of flavour as Dining in the Dark returns to the city. Stop, think, listen and really taste what’s in your mouth. “Where have I tasted that flavour before”? Let go of all prejudices around what you do and don’t like and broaden your culinary horizons for $120.00 per person.