Did you know that noise, music and acoustics impact our sense of taste? Charles Spence, Professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, makes this claim in an interview that you can read here.
In the interview, Charles Spence notes, among other things, that loud background noise impairs our ability to taste fruit. And that certain sounds accentuate sweetness, while others underscore bitter tastes. He also says that hard surfaces – often accompanied by loud music – in restaurants are the reason they are perceived as being noisy.
The good news is that more and more restaurants are becoming aware of the importance of striking a balance between peace and quiet to enjoy the meal and creating an ambience where subdued sound provides a pleasant backdrop to the eating experience. This is particularly so in Copenhagen, where there are plenty of places to eat an excellent meal in beautiful settings, without being overwhelmed by noise.