World's Largest Underwater Restaurant Has Just Opened

Barely opened for two weeks and Norway's Under is already booked through to October. 
Sunday 31 March 2019
Under is the first of its kind for Europe. Photo: AFP Relax News

After much fanfare, restaurant Under had its soft in the third week of March, attracting gastronomic elites to the remote Lindesnes municipality in the southern tip of Norway for its grand debut. Along with claiming bragging rights to being the world’s largest underwater restaurant with a seating capacity of 100, Under is also the first of its kind for Europe.

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Under from the outside. Photo: AFP Relax News

In Norwegian, Under means both wonder and below. Designed to appear as though it tipped over and sank into the sea, the restaurant is built semi-submerged into the water, with the other end of the structure resting nearly six meters below the surface on the ocean floor.

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Dining at Under will prove to be quite the oceanic experience. Photo: AFP Relax News

The structure was designed by Snøhetta, which has also worked on projects like the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and the reconstruction of Times Square, which was completed in 2017. After entering the building on terra firma, guests make the journey from land to undersea via an oak-clad staircase and dark passageway, no diving suit required.

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From above, the world’s largest underwater restaurant seems unassuming. Photo: AFP Relax News

In the kitchen, chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard oversees the marathon 18-course Immersion menu which focuses on seasonal Norwegian ingredients local to the area – sea arrow brass, sea rocket, salty sea kale, wild mushrooms and berries foraged off the beaches. And while seafood will be the main attraction throughout the meal, the menu will also feature seabirds and lamb.

Wall to wall windows provide a lens to the underwater world and during the three-hour dining experience, guests may receive visits from pollack, cod, urchins, crabs, lobsters and mini sharks. Eventually, the underwater structure will transform into an artificial reef for limpets and kelp. Interested in dining at Under? It will set you back about US$440.

Source: AFP Relax News

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