Due to the incessant power outages occurring nowadays, many businesses must stay alive by buying generators. Restaurants have adopted other, sneakier methods to stay on top. When the lights go out, they put candles on the tables.
Restaurants are clever creatures. In the middle of the place, you can see a small light. This is to give the impression that the restaurant has enough power and that all these candles were a conscious design choice. In most cases though, that small light is a torch.
Read on ahead.
Now, it would look very odd if during your dinner, the lights come back on, and the waiter comes and takes away your candles. It ruins the atmosphere. So what they do is, they kill the lights permanently. Their electricity bills are kept down and the romantic candle mood is conserved. From the restaurants point of view, it’s win win.
The only problem is that no one can see a thing.
What would you like, Sir?
Yesterday, I was again sitting in a restaurant at iftar in the dark. I couldn’t read the menu so I had someone else order for me. After a while someone passed me a plate. I had no idea what was in it. After close inspection of the silhouette, I determined that it was either a chiken tikka or 5 rotis.
I ate the mystery food. So did my clothes and my face. Then I got an odd crunchy surprise which was probably a cricket. I stopped eating the mystery food.
Moral: For candlelight dinner, you need a big ass candle.
As it turns out, there’s an actual restaurant that serves completely in the dark. The food is served by the blind and visually impaired. Interesting.
There’s no need to have one of these in Pakistan, cause WAPDA already caters to that.