Dining in the Dark!

Dining in the Dark!

This is definitely a restaurant theme we didn’t see coming…haha

Popular around the world and originally from Switzerland, Blind Restaurants take on a whole new meaning of dinner with a difference.

We’re always seeking out new and exciting eats in and around Seoul, and although we have nothing on a Fat Girls Food Guid, we decided to review it and give people a taster of what to expect if they decide to go.  My 31st birthday was a great excuse as any to try out this alternative dining experience.

Located in Konkuk University area, and impossible to find unless you’re looking, Blind Art Restaurant offers two menu options and is enjoyed or rather explored completely in the dark.  We suggest not looking at the menu in advance and simply trying to guess what your meal is ~ making for a more adventurous night!


Dining in the Dark!

Jorge Spielmann, a blind clergyman from Zurich, is said to be the founder of blind restaurants.  Spielmann’s guests would eat with blindfolds to show solidarity when dining with their host.

Guests described the experience as more enjoyable with their sense of smell and taste heightened.  Speldmann opened the first ‘dark restaurant’ in 1999.  Since then it’s become a hit around the world in the likes of China, USA, Europe, Australia and Canada.

There’s not need for blindfolds in Blind Art Restaurant, Seoul.  The place is completely black.  When you enter the restaurant you leave all camera’s, phones and electronic devices with the host.  You are then guided, hand to shoulder by your waitress through the restaurant to your seat.  Unlike the original ‘Blind Cow’ in Zurich, where all waitstaff are blind, all waitstaff in Blind Art wear infrared goggles.

For me it was impossible to use any kind of cutely to eat.  I simply used my sense of touch, smell and taste to scrummage around the plate for my food.  At one point we were convinced it was steak, while our friends were sure it was chicken on the plate. (And we actually choose our meals beforehand!)  Hence why the surprise menu is much more of an experience.

We’re not sure how successful Blind Art is, but with ‘Blind Dating’ being such a hit in asian society and the social constraints that come with online dating, we can only imagine that Blind Art makes a great option for first dates here in Seoul.

Dining in the Dark!

Dining in the Dark!

At the end of the meal you are presented with a pen and piece of paper to write a note to your guests or to the restaurant.  This was amusing to see how well each of us handled the pen and how readable our secret notes were.  Try keeping a straight line or making sense of  your note the following day when it’s posted on their website.

Release your inhibitions and enjoy the fun factor with friends or the other half at

Blind Art Restaurant.


B1/F 2-49 Hwayang-dong, Gwangji-gu (Konkuk Station Exit 2, walk straight for 5-10 minutes looking up for the black sign on your left)

(Tel: 024975248) Email: tourist100@daum.net

Opening hours are between 3:40pm & 10:40pm

There are two 90 minute sessions available: 1st=7-8:30 PM, 2nd=9-10:30 PM
Price: Gold meal=₩45,000, Silver meal=₩29,500
Set menus change each week. Reservation must be made in advance.


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