Abu Dhabi’s First Dine In The Dark Concept Is Coming To At Bab Al Qasr Hotel This September

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Abu Dhabi’s First Dine In The Dark Concept Is Coming To At Bab Al Qasr Hotel This September

Abu Dhabi’s award-winning Beach Hotel and Resort, Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences has added an exciting new dining concept. Starting from 15 September, Abu Dhabi foodies can experience an adventurous Dining in the Dark concept. The new concept aims to promote the art of talking, while throwing more emphasis on taste, mouthfeel, fragrance, and sound. Sounds interesting? Read on to find out more about this all-new dining experience.

What Will The Dine-In-The-Dark Experience Be Like?

The exclusive restaurant, Fresh Basil – Pitch Black Dining, located on the 2nd floor of the hotel promises a one-of-a-kind tailored-made experience. Its unique look has been specially designed to assist with the transition from light to dark, from known to unknown.


Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with a welcome cocktail and canapes. Before seated to the table in the pitch black room, you will be asked to place all light emitting objects, such as cell phones, watches, lighters, and cameras into the secure boxes that we will provide. This policy is in place to make sure all of our guests have a wonderful sensorial experience while dining in the dark.

The Experience

Diners will be seated in the pitch black room by night vision equipped waiters. Each dining experience lasts between 60 to 90 minutes, allowing guests time to adjust to their new surroundings before being served a 3-course dinner. You can choose your drinks before entering. The meal package starts from AED 249 per person.

The idea has been brought up and implemented under the guidance of Elias Saad, Director of Food & Beverage, also the social face of the capital’s flourishing dining scene.

What’s On The Menu?

Fresh Basil’s – Pitch Black Dining mystery menu has been carefully curated by Executive Chef Yvan Marclay and Head Chef Gayan Rupasinghe. During the dining experience, guests will enjoy a 3 – courses set menu, one course at a time. Each delicious course has been beautifully created to entice the taste buds and awaken the senses through flavours that flow from dish to dish.

The Reveal

After the Dining in the Dark is completed, you will be escorted to the de-briefing area where you will meet the Chef. Guests will be asked to guess the food they ate, after which the mystery will be revealed by uncovering of each course.

The restaurant has very limited seats, and only takes up to 20 diners every evening, so remember to make your booking in advance.


Location: Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences, Corniche Road West, P.O. Box 63410, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Timings: Monday to Friday. 7.30pm – 10:00 pm
Contact: +971 056 992 2078