How do you eat when you can't see your plate? It's a familiar concept to some adventurous eaters -- "Dining in the dark" and now the culinary concept has come to Nairobi with the launch of Gizani.
Abdul Kamara, pictured right, is the man behind the events, which are held weekly at the Tribe Hotel in Nairobi.
The visually-impaired restauranteur -- who has a background in law and international development -- hopes running a dining concept like this will change the way people see the blind. Here, a guide (unseen) explains the process before patrons proceed to the dining room.
A tasting platter of prawn tempura, beef with sauteed vegetables and mashed potatoes leaves the kitchen. Kamara says there are three things his clients will get from the experience. "First is that the absence of sight is a real focus on the culinary experience: on flavors, textures and fragrance."
He adds: "Because (the diners) are not preoccupied with how they look to one another there is a real focus on conversation. On the sound and timbre of one's voice -- the inflections and so on. The conversations feel much more rich and fuller."
"And the third is that for many people this is the first time they are in proximity to the blind and visually-impaired. A situation where the rules are reversed and sighted people are dependent on the visually-impaired to feel safe."
Presently the menu is classic fine dining but once this has been perfected, Kamara hopes to begin adding more distinct local flavors.
Highlighting his talented workforce, Kamara has devised an event that doesn't just offer up a good meal. "Some of our guides are paralympians, some are gifted singers. Its one of the features of our experience that at the end, all our guides get together in one group and they sing as a choir."