Under is the new Snøhetta-designed restaurant five and a half meters below the surface in Norway, exposing guests to the wonders beneath the sea.
The Snøhetta-designed restaurant 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.
At Under, a table with a view means an awe-inspiring sight that changes by the minute, and fluctuates with the seasons. A 36-foot-wide and 11-foot-tall horizontal acrylic window—cut into the one-and-a-half-f00t-thick concrete walls at the end of the tube-shaped restaurant— provides a panoramic portal to the wildlife outside.
The design is a tilted concrete tube that gives the impression of sliding into the sea.
In Norwegian, “under” has the dual meaning of ”below” and ”wonder”.
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. The design is a tilted concrete tube that gives the impression of sliding into the sea.
The dining experience at Under is created by two-time Michelin-starred chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard, originally from Denmark. His “Immersion” menu is a tasting menu comprised of around 18 locally sourced seafood delicacies.
The tasting menu with wine will set you back about 4 hours and around $400 per person, but you’ve got time to save up. The restaurant is already booked through September. The Snøhetta-designed Under is Europe’s first underwater restaurant. We already talked about it here.