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.
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.
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.