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Fine dine blind?

india Updated: Oct 04, 2012 17:30 IST
Shweta Mehta

We’ve heard of blind wine tastings before, but when they are to be paired with food and served as part of a gourmet three-course meal, the concept of being blindfolded is bizarre, to say the least.

All Things Nice is conducting such a dinner tonight, at Mahalaxmi’s Olive Bar & Kitchen. "We do this to heighten our sense of taste and smell. The option to remove the blindfold between courses is there, but if you want the best experience, we don’t recommend it," says Nikhil Agarwal, sommelier and director.

PastaWines from Italy, South Africa and India will be paired with food as complicated as lamb shoulders and cottage cheese steak, with a number of other components to the dishes as well. Surely, eating is not easy. Besides, seeing is a vital part of the dining experience for foodies. Agarwal justifies, "We will be providing instructions on how to go about doing it to make it easy for our guests. Also, the food will be plated in such a way that it enables easy eating. It’s a lot of fun and it’s amazing to see the spectrum of flavours and aromas one is introduced to."

Our Experience

To test Agarwal’s theory, we tried eating one of our meals blindfolded. To sum up it in one line, it wasn’t much fun. As voracious foodies, we like seeing what’s in front of us. Much of the fun comes from seeing how our meal is presented. Imagining what the food would look like after hearing its description is seldom off the mark. Besides, eating isn’t very easy either. It takes some time to guide bites to your mouth without hitting them just below your lip or on the side. And that’s only when the dish is fuss-free like dal chawal. More components seem practically impossible to manage. Attend such a dinner strictly if you’re fascinated by the role smell itself can play in your dining experience.

Twisted Decadence by All Things Nice will be held tonight at Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mahalaxmi. The cost of the dinner is Rs 2,550.
Call 99203 75444 for more details