Nothing is ever easy in Clerkenwell. Just around the corner from Dans Le Noir, where partially sighted waiters serve customers sitting in total darkness, sits The Taste of Silence restaurant. If you thought that you might get off easier here, then think again, as the lights may be on at restaurant, but you’ve got to take a vow of silence to get in.
Ok, we’re exaggerating. Slightly. You don’t actually have to sit in silence in this new restaurant. You do have to order using sign language, however. Don’t worry, though, the helpful waiting team are only to happy to help and if everything goes wrong – you are allowed to speak!
The idea is to give a chance to learn some sign language and. To get the ball rolling, the restaurant have helpfully included a number of signers making words on the website. The site also includes a neat history of British Sign Language.
The new restaurant is the brainchild of the team behind Dans Le Noir. Like it’s sibling, the idea is not only to offer visitors an immersive experience, but also to serve up some memorable food and drink.
Food wise, the menu at The Taste Of Silence focuses on a mix of Asian and European inspired dishes, with signature dishes including tempura cauliflower & aubergine and cornfed chicken with mushroom forestière & roast potatoes. For dinner, the eaterie offers a choice between a moreish Bar Tapas Menu and a A la carte menu.
Wine is a big part of the experience. The wine at The Taste Of Silence is selected by a blind sommelier called Fabio Sutera. Sutera was literally born into the trade, having spent his childhood living amongst the vineyards of Italy. Fabio has used this experience to inform the wine selection at both A Taste Of Silence and Dans Le Noir.
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