Of the five senses commonly associated with food, taste is paramount. Plating food in an appealing way used to be the hallmark of fine dining, but in the age Instagram, it has become a prerequisite. Smell, presentation, and ambience all have a role to play in the modern dining experience. Chefs are integrating sight, sound, touch and smell, lovingly and thoughtfully, into each meal. What was once a simple pleasure of eating is now a highly-curated, innovative and sometimes tech-infused experience that takes dining to a new level of enjoyment.


Whims and Wishes

Get ready for this multi-sensory dinner at Malaysia’s Whimsy. Located in Kuala Lumpur, the 90-minute fine dining experience overloads your vision with state of the art 360° projection technology, taking customers through different worlds such as the Red Planet, In the Woods, and even underwater. Jeffrey Ramsey, the youngest Michelin star chef in Japan and Head Chef of Whimsy, offers a tantalizing five-course meal with tender and perfectly pan-seared dishes like Foie Gras with delectable and fragrant chocolate perfumed Jus. Prepare for an exclusive and interactive experience with personalized horoscopes, making a wish on floating sky lanterns, and “breaking the ice” by knocking on the table for the next course.


Dining in the Dark

NOX – Dine in the Dark is the first restaurant to bring the dining in the dark meal trend from the west to the east. The Singapore restaurant dares you to unleash your fears and trust in the adventure, as you embark on a journey through a myriad of tastes and textures, promising a multi-sensory dining experience to tantalize taste buds with open minds. Diners are in for a surprise at the restaurant where the menus change every six to eight weeks. Some of the special dishes include localized western dishes like Bak Kwa Caesar Salad, Duck Rillette, and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Gula Melaka Sago. If you’re anxious about missteps or spilling food, just remember to diligently listen and hold on tight to the well trained service staff who will lead you all the way through this gastronomic experience.

A sampling of the food at NOX (Photo credit: NOX – Dine in the Dark)


Four Parallel Universes

Love a good view while enjoying your meal? At Bangkok’s Digital Delicious, diners get to experience what it’s like to dine in four parallel universes like outer space no change in gravity, of course! Technology has a lot to catch up till then. The 4DX technology, however, comes really close as diners explore interactive and colorful light projections of galaxies, and sea and nature with flowers which move when touched. A four-course meal is professionally crafted and aligned with four lofty visuals themed around concepts like Castle in the Sky, the Garden of Dreams, Deep Blue Sea and Space Odyssey. From Brioche Bread with Chicken Mousse and Dried Figs to Duck Confit, Mashed Potatoes and Bread Crumbles served with creamy Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil, let your imaginations fly and soar above expectations with every meal served.

Bangkok’s Digital Delicious (Source: The Smart Local)