NOX – Dining in the Dark at 269 Beach Road

“Just imagine you are eating with your eyes closed… like sleeping”, said a friend. Yes, the experience in NOX is probably what I would call Sleep-eating. Or dreaming. And what a good dream it was.

Some years back, I was invited to try a similar concept but this was an organised event that wanted to raise awareness among abled people, on how it felt to be blind. Hence eating in the dark. I regret not attending that event but I am glad that I was able to experience it in NOX. And unlike an event, they are here to stay.

Pre-Dinner cocktails

Pre-Dinner cocktails in NOX’s lounge

Though NOX does not profess to promote the restaurant from a charity angle, they do employ visually-impaired staff as waiters/hosts. We spoke with our host a bit and he shared with us some of the difficulties he continues to face, as a visually-impaired person living in Singapore. One simple challenge is that not all our traffic lights have audio/sound indication for pedestrians to cross. I took for granted that the sound at traffic lights was just an audio reminder for us to cross quickly. For the visually-impaired, that’s the only sign they get. So the next time you see a visually-impaired person walking along the pavement, please go up to them and lend them that extra hand and share our sight with them.

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Here is the ONLY food item we got to see before we were plunged into darkness. A tasty Amuse Bouche as a mini appetizer to the great 3-course prix-fixe meal (S$88++ per person).

Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche

NOX received the Best New Concept 2013 as well as 2 stars in WINE & DINE magazine’s “Singapore Top Restaurants 2013”. I feel it is an ideal venue for social or corporate gatherings that wants to be a little different. And because there is NO distraction from our mobile devices, the level of engagement among guests is amazingly high.

NOX – Dine in the Dark
269 Beach Road (junction of Bussorah Street),
Singapore 199546
For reservations, call +65 6298 0708.


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