‘Dining in The Dark’ at The Living Room, Nottingham
We were delighted when we were asked to try some of the dishes created by the inventive kitchen team at The Living Room, one of the most stylish restaurants in Nottingham, for their new autumn-winter menu. There was just one catch; we were to try them blindfolded.
A table was set for seven plucky diners, with a blindfold at each place setting. Senses were heightened as diners were plunged into darkness and spoon fed morsels from the new menu.
Alongside each course came a competitive element, with a challenge to decipher the flavours and ingredients for each course. The person with the most discerning palette walked away with a trophy. It was game on.
From delicious dinners of Venison Shepherd’s Pie and Moroccan spiced lamb, to tempting puddings of crème brûlée (highly recommended!) and a basil grande – diners were treated to a variety of textures and flavours.
Starters of smoked ham and pastry tarts, seasoned butters and a selection of cheeses were also enjoyed throughout the evening, each spoonful delighting the substitute senses of smell and taste, and testing each diner’s discerning palettes.
There were even a few cocktails on hand to try from a fruity Mule to a sharp Manhattan. The Living Room are renowned for their fabulous flair in mixology and regularly hold master classes – so you can discover how to make what you’re drinking too.
The quiz was not the only task of the evening, as keeping clean proved quite a challenge too! Eating without the sense of sight proved an interesting experience, and certainly has an effect on the ways in which you perceive food. Flavours you would usually recognise could be transformed into an entirely different taste sensation.
With good food came good company, and the whole group were in high spirits throughout. Unfortunately, we didn’t bring the trophy home, but coming away with a modest third place, and a contented feeling from sampling an array of tasty dishes felt like a win in itself.
A return trip is definitely on the cards to sample the menu in a whole new light.
For a chance to try the delectable new seasonal menu minus the blindfold – head to the Living Room on High Pavement, Nottingham. Open every day from eleven (twelve on a Sunday) into the small hours, enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, comfortable dining experience & tasty new menu.