There are numerous underwater experiences that have been emerging recently—including the world’s first undersea hotel in Maldives—but ‘Under’ is something new altogether. Located in Lindesnes in Norway, Under is Europe’s first and largest underwater restaurant, and it challenges the dynamics of what a restaurant experience should be all about. Here are a few things to know about it before taking the plunge.
The devil is in the details
The building is 34 metres long and shaped like a rock jutting out of the sea, and has been designed by award-winning architect firm Snøhetta. It has panoramic walls with over three levels of floors. Its concrete walls are built to withstand the pressure from the sea conditions—in turn giving visitors a chance to view marine life like never before, and possibly, never after.
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The design is intended to integrate with the marine ecology over time as the outer surface is expected to become an artificial reef, which will welcome limpets and kelp to make it their home. In their words, it has been designed with “sensitive consideration for its geographic context and aquatic neighbours”.
And the catch of the day is…
Under can seat up to 40 guests and they will be served locally caught produce, along with a “unique dining experience that ushers guests beyond their comfort zone”, as per head chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard. While the focus will be on the catch from the sea, the beaches and ground will have a role to play too—from sea arrow grass, sea kale, sea rocket, berries, and wild mushrooms. Meals start at NOK 850 and go up to NOK 2 250.
How do you get there?
The restaurant, halfway submerged in Norway’s northern waters, is located in Lindesnes. The nearest airport (Kjevik, Kristiansand) is 85km away, and taxis will take you to Under.
Are you on the list?
Reservations start from April through September but currently only waiting list spots are available. Book your table here.
Want to know what it’s like to dine five metres underwater? Await your turn.