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DinnerTimeStories launched in Joburg at the end of March and since then has been delighting local audiences with its utterly unique six-course dining and entertainment experience. The first time in the southern hemisphere, this acclaimed pop-up restaurant has been hugely popular in cities like London, Toronto and Dubai, but this year set up residence at the Faircity Quatermain Hotel in Morningside.

But what exactly is it? Imagine a tiny (3D projected) chef called Le Petit Chef who takes you on an immersive two-hour dining adventure through the Silk Route of Asia, following in the footsteps of explorer Marco Polo. The spice-infused dining experience starts with a glass of bubbles and you can also choose wine pairing, as you sit at communal tables of eight and twelve (just 52 guests per show).

You won’t know what’s on the menu beforehand but know that award-winning executive chef Tristan Latouf will be sure to surprise and delight you, with vegetarian, vegan, Halaal and Kosher-friendly options available, too. Imagine decadent flavours combined with cutting-edge 3D technology, visual artistry and theatrical storytelling.

The mood, music, table patterns, props and decorations all change with the chapters of the story. For example, in the first scene Le Petit Chef sails away from Marseilles by folding a paper into a little boat, while the first course is served in a suitcase. It’s all about activating all five senses as you sip and taste, smell, see, listen and touch.

Belgian artists Filip Sterckx and Antoon Verbeeck teamed up with concept creator and writer Nadine Beshir to create DinnerTimeStories, and it’s been brought to South Africa by Paul Rouessart (100% EVENT). “It’s totally different to anything that has ever been done in South Africa before, because it allows for complete visual escapism while enjoying the stimulations of a 4D meal,” says Paul. He reports that tickets have been flying out the door – so they’re clearly doing something right.

DinnerTimeStories is perfect for any corporate function, a date night with a difference, or a unique and memorable gathering with friends or family.

It’s totally different to anything that has ever been done in South Africa before, because it allows for complete visual escapism while enjoying the stimulations of a 4D meal” PAUL ROUESSART, 100% EVENT

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