Watch in the dark
Gc launches its timepiece at an unusual dining experience.
Iread about an event in Bangkok where diners got to dine in the dark. and there are restaurants in Paris and London that do this on a permanent basis. Some of the waiters at these establishments are visually impaired.
It’s an interesting concept, certainly.tainly. But it made me wonder why one would want to feast on somethingthing and not be sure of what you’re eating? after all, isn’t dining an experience of taste but sight too?
and it must be a messy, and possibly bloody affair, with forks and knives directed anywhere but one’s mouth!
So it was with much curiosity, and slight trepidation, that I attended the launch of Gc’s new Sport Class XXL Blackout watch.
The clever folks at retailer FJ Benjamin took the term “blackout” literally and organised a three-course dining experience in the dark at the aptly-named Black Box theatre in Solaris dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Pre-dinner entertainment consisted of puns and jokes from the media members about being served all sorts of unmentionables and none being the wiser for it.
It helped that they were generous with the champagne before dinner started. Guests were then led in pairs to their table. It was quite dark but there was a dim glow that helped us find our way to the table.
Of course, the dimmed lighting
was to ensure that the food “landed” on the table and not the diner. Initially, we cheated and surveyed the dishes with the use of light from our mobile phones.
We were chastised gently by the emcee of the night, singer/host Hunny Madu and told to switch off the phones. did we? Of course not! Other than chatting in between servings, we needed to do what Malaysians do best, be busybodies on Facebook.
Hunny’s task consisted of reading out the menu as each dish was served and also entertaining us with some banter. and the menu was suitably “blackened” for the occasion.
The appetiser was Black Mussel “Isabella” served with black olive tomato sauce. It was initially a bit uncomfortable to get to the mussel with cutlery. I dispensed with good table manners and just dumped it in my mouth and let my tongue do all the work. after all, no one could see me!
Next up were the Black Bean Minestrone with earl Grey Prawn Tom Yum on the side and Charcoal Toast Balsamico and Tofu rojak. Then the mains came comprising Squid Ink Tonnarelli aglio Fungi, Chicken Hitam Manis and Tapenade Crusted Sea Bass. While I was literally stabbing at the chicken (try doing that in the dark), it was quite a delicious combo. Too bad the pasta was undercooked.
The dessert, which was mainly Black raisin Toffee Cake with chocochocolatelate garnishing was a good end to the meal.
In between courses, we were entertained by jazz songbird atilia Haron with two songs. Two bad she didn’t do requests or I would have asked for Black Velvet or Hitam Manis. Just keeping with the theme, folks.
But hold on, I do injustice to the reason for the evening – the Blackout watch. It was actually served to us on a plate prior to dessert ... but no, we didn’t get to take it home.
The watch, with its 45mm case is the new addition to the Gc high-tech range for men. It uses a sophisticated, matt finish for both the case and the bracelet.
The all-black timepiece’s dial has bold hand-applied indices and arabic numerals, pointed at by tapered hands, all in rose gold with a central luminescent coating in grey tint.
It has a uni-directional turning bezel, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a water resistance of 100m.
The watch is priced at rm3,080 and available at all Guess Boutiques, Guess accessories Stores and City Chain outlets.