The world's largest underwater restaurant is now taking reservations
Ever had the desire to dine next to the food you're eating? Now you can. The world's largest underwater restaurant, submerged about five meters, or 16 feet, below sea level, is now open for business in southern Norway. The restaurant, called Under, now takes reservations under the Norwegian Sea.
The three-floor eatery, located about five hours from Oslo in Lindesnes, Norway, seats 100 guests at a time. For those weary of descending below the waves, the middle floor of the building is an above-water champagne bar that serves small-bite appetisers.
Below the sea, guests receive a full dining experience. Under's "Immersion menu" is a set $257 adventure (and that's not counting either a wine or juice pairing). For an additional cost, each course can be perfectly coupled with a boozy or non-alcoholic drink to complement the dish.
Head Chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard created the 15-to-18-course meal with local Norwegian foods like sea kale and mushrooms. These sourced ingredients will be fermented and dried to use when their growing seasons end. While Under serves the seafood that surrounds diners on the other side of the restaurant's glass wall, they also offer poultry and meat.
The Danish chef speaks about his food mission on Under's website:
"Fresh ingredients and pure, naked flavors are of the utmost importance to us. At the same time, we want to provide an unique dining experience that ushers our guests beyond their comfort zone."
Take an in depth look at Under in the video below:
But Under's local food isn't the only effort the restaurant makes towards sustainability. During the $6 million construction process, architects also made sure the new restaurant wasn't harming the surrounding environment. Under's website reads:
"Under has been designed with sensitive consideration for its geographic context and aquatic neighbors. The structure is designed to fully integrate into its marine environment over time, as the roughness of the concrete shell will function as an artificial reef, welcoming limpets and kelp to inhabit it. With the thick concrete walls lying against the craggy shoreline, the structure is built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions."
While most other famous underwater restaurants have a similar amount of courses, many are smaller or housed next to large aquariums, rather than fully submerged underwater.
In Under's main dining room, a glass wall allows guests to view the open ocean as they eat, spotting fish, urchins and large waves as they pass by. The restaurant works to train certain animals to frequent near the glass by attracting plankton with artificial light, simultaneously attracting the fish that eat plankton. With so much to see and so much to eat, Under recommends three-and-a-half or four hours for the full immersion experience. Hungry yet?