You can now dine at a fully underwater restaurant in Norway — provided you have around $430 and are willing to wait several months.
The underwater restaurant, appropriately named Under, is the first of its kind in Europe. It launched in March off the coast of Norway. The menu features fresh seafood, and the intimate dining area offers a panoramic view straight into the sea itself. Under takes the idea of local food to the next level!
“Just on the other side of our iconic window – the ocean is bursting with fresh delicacies from the sea, so the journey from the kitchen to the plate is minimal,” Chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard explained.
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Under is a story of contrasts; the contrast between the landscape and the sea; above and below. The project underscores the delicate ecological balance between land and sea and draws our attention to sustainable models for responsible consumption. By focusing on the coexistence of life on land and in the ocean, Under proposes a new way of understanding our relationship to our surroundings – above the surface, under the water, and alongside the life of the sea. 📷 @ivarkvaal @ingermariegrini and @hjortmedianorge @underlindesnes
The restaurant building sits right on the sea bed. The water in that area is wild and turbulent, but the walls are made of meter-thick concrete built to withstand the shock and pressure. Eventually, those walls will become part of the sea itself, functioning as an artificial reef.
“In this building, you may find yourself under water, over the seabed, between land and sea. This will offer you new perspectives and ways of seeing the world, both beyond and beneath the waterline,” explained Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, the lead architect behind the project.
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Today marks the official opening of “Under”, Europe’s first and the world’s biggest underwater restaurant, designed by Snøhetta. Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s 34-meter long monolithic form breaks the surface of the water to rest directly on the seabed five meters below. 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. Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s massive window offers a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions. The building also functions as a research center for marine life, providing a tribute to the wild fauna of the sea and to the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip. 📷@ivarkvaal and @matografen @underlindesnes
The restaurant offers a prix-fixe menu only, and it shifts with the seasons. The price tag is $230 per diner; including wine pairings, that comes to about $430.
Also, the restaurant is in high demand for obvious reasons. They received over 7000 reservations within days of opening, and the space only fits 40 diners, so the wait for a table for two is currently at six months.
But a meal at the bottom of the sea?! Probably totally worth it.