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Blinde Kuh, Zurich

Mühlebachstrasse 148
Tel: 44 421 5050's insider take:

An only-in-Zurich (okay, and also in Basel) experience: eating in the dark. Really, really dark. Pitch black. This isn't all gimmick; it's to enable us to gain an insight into the world of the blind, as well as to savor your food in a new way. Two thirds of the staff here is not sighted (though the chef can see), and they lead you carefully, gently, and with a necessary sense of humor through what most people find to be a pretty mind-blowing evening. Menus change weekly and are seasonal, simple, and good. People wonder: Are the bathrooms pitch black? And how do you pay in the dark? The answers: no, and you don't. You need to reserve weeks in advance for weekends; midweek is not quite so bad. "Blind Cow" is named after the German blindman's buff, by the way.

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