Sometimes, food alone cannot make a meal. Your overall enjoyment in a restaurant can be radically enhanced by the right atmosphere and setting. For example, many believe that fish and seafood taste better in view of water. It's not that the composition of the food is actually any different, but rather that when your brain is stimulated your reception to seafood is altered.
Wise restaurants can put a smile on your face or get you excited as soon as you walk in the door, and well before you take your first bite. As the percentage of independent restaurants in the United States grows smaller and corporate chains modeled after just a handful of concepts explode, offbeat and non-traditional concepts tend to stand out even more.
At San Francisco's Supper Club you are treated to a multi-sensory dining experience that extends far beyond your taste buds. Anything can happen here and every night the entertainment is different. You dine in your private bed in an all-white industrial space, while in between courses you might get a massage or see an aqua ballet or a fashion show.
Dark dining, either blindfolded or in pitch-black rooms, is a concept that arose in Germany and Switzerland in the late '90s and has begun to appear in various parts of the States to much applause, including at Opaque in Los Angeles. The multi-course menus are served by blind waiters and selected in the light, thus diners see nothing for several hours. Diners frequently call the experience "mind opening" and "an awakening of the senses."
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