It’s Better In The Dark



Already the rage in Europe, Australia, L.A. and New York, O.NOIR is Canada’s first-ever restaurant that invites you to experience food, drink and conversation like never before IN THE DARK!

It’s a sensual dining experience like no other. When you eat without your sight, your remaining senses are heightened to savour the smell and taste of food.

O.NOIR does more than just fire the imagination and stimulate the senses. After a while in complete darkness (that’s right, no flashlights, matches, cell phones, cigarette lighters or luminous watches), customers gain a better understanding of what it’s like to be blind – just like the restaurants’ entire wait staff .

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BackgroundThis socially conscious concept sprang from Jorge Spielmann, a blind pastor in Zurich who used to blindfold his dinner guests at his home so they could share his eating experience. In 1999, Spielmann opened Blindekuh (German for Blind Cow), a project aimed at teaching the sighted about the sightless world, and provide jobs for blind people.

Onoir has elicited the help of Horizon Travail (an organisation affiliated with Emploi Quebec), which helps prepare and train visually impaired people to enter the mainstream job market; a population that experiences roughly a 70% unemployment rate.

A percentage of Onoir’s profits are given to support local associations that serve blind and visually impaired people of all ages.

After a decade of experience, we offer everything you’d expect from a fine restaurant: Great service, an enticing menu plus a culinary experience like no other.

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