Three unique restaurants in San Francisco
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Moca, a waitress at Opaque( Jesse Friedman / BeerAndNosh.com )
With my hands and arms extended, I slowly reached out to feel around me. I imagined how ridiculous I must have looked, like a cross between an eccentric maestro and an angry mime.
Eating in the dark was not easy. After several failed attempts to butter the bread, which resulted in a buttered hand, I tried pouring a glass of water.
"Put your finger in the glass and you'll know when to stop," Mocca advised.
Despite the rough start, I quickly adapted. I cut into the steak and the chocolate cake, savoring the intense flavors and textures. The food tasted amazing, but the experience was more memorable than anything I ate.
"Would you like to see the bill?" Mocca asked with comedic timing.
"You actually pay outside."
I reached out and held on to Mocca's shoulder. A few steps later, the lobby appeared like magic.
As my eyes slowly adjusted, I realized that another sense was completely off -- the sense of time. I had spent more than three hours sitting in the dark. I also noticed my stained clothes. Next time, I'll wear black.
Opaque: 689 McAllister St.; (800) 710-1270, www.sf.dark dining.com. Open 6 p.m. to midnight Thursdays though Saturdays. Three-course prix fixe menu is $99 a person.