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Dine in the dark Sofia

Come to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria and try local delicacies in complete darkness. Everything will be a surprise!

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Simona Sovič
Published: February 14, 2020

“Let’s make a little train – put your hands on the shoulders of the person in front of you…" starts the unforgettable dark dining experience in Sofia.

A journey of trust, self-discovery, taste, texture, wine and a lot of fun! This is what you will experience if you go to a dark dinner, whether in Sofia or in Ljubljana. “Tenebris” and “Dinner In The Dark” go shoulder to shoulder to present to you their own notions of the dark.

Imagine completely eliminating the visual input and relying solely on your other senses. If you have already been a guest of a dark restaurant, then you know that human behaviour and interactions completely change.

Tenebris opened its doors on November 16th, 2018 in the heart of the Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. Since then, more than 3500 people have been our guests, hosted by a team of 10 enthusiastic professionals.

The concept of Tenebris is to immerse you in a world, where vision is not present and your other senses take over. We are a social experiment, in which people with impaired vision will introduce you to their intriguing world - one full of sense, touch, emotion, sound and flavour, often richer than the visual world. We believe the key to understanding people with sight problems is not within statistics, endless data and faceless stories, but in the personal experience and face-to-face contact. Although briefly, you will have the opportunity to put yourself in their shoes and “see” a different perspective. Our goal is to create job opportunities for people with impaired vision, without the feeling of a pittance. We truly believe that they are not less valuable than anybody else, having their strengths and weaknesses. By the unusual work environment at Tenebris, vision becomes needless, maybe even a flaw. Tenebris is not a place for donation, but a workplace where the visually impaired are stronger and more capable than the rest.

When creating Tenebris, we wanted to put an accent on her Majesty the Food! Each guest experiences a 5-course, state-of-the-art menu, that takes them on a sensory journey. Carefully designed dishes tell the story of Bulgarian cuisine, infused with amazing recipes from around the world. Our team of Chefs constantly develop new set-menus, so that seasonal products are used and no semi-processed goods. In Tenebris you can choose between 4 types of menus, designed to intensify the experience by playing with your senses: “Meat”, “Fish”, “Vegetarian” and “Bulgarian”.
You can check out our past set-menus here:

A little-known fact is that more than 40% of the food produced worldwide is thrown away. As environmental and economic issues come into light globally, we have tried to implement a simple, but very effective strategy to minimize our food waste. We work only with pre-reservation, therefore we know exactly what and how many products we need for each day. Zero food is going to the garbage!

Specially selected fine wine, craft beer, and homemade lemonades will accompany you on this culinary adventure.

Bring a pinch of courage, some adventurous spirit and an empty stomach, and let us present you a different perspective to food, people and even yourself!

If you want to read more visit our website:

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Simona Sovič
Wine & Food Enthusiast. Always ready to explore new places & wines :)

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