Food & Drink
Dine out underwater
The view at the newly opened Under restaurant at Spangereid, not far from Lindesnes lighthouse, is about as far from urban as it’s possible to be. There’s not a rooftop in sight. You may well see some crabs, a shoal of mackerel and a few cod swim past you, though, as the dining area is well below sea level. From land, the entire building looks like it’s about to plunge into the sea. Once at your table, you’ll enjoy a fantastic view into the watery depths through an 11m-wide window. Renowned architects Snøhetta are behind the design of the building, which has attracted worldwide attention. They also designed the Library of Alexandria and Oslo’s beautiful Opera House.
“Under is a natural progression of our experimentation with boundaries,” architect Kjetil Trædal Thorsen from Snøhetta says in a press release. “In this building, you may find yourself under water, over the seabed, between land and sea. This will offer you new perspectives.”
Seafood and ingredients from Southern Norway
Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen is in charge of the kitchen, a man who says in an online video that the first thing he thinks about when he gets up in the morning is food. Guests at Under are served a tasting menu of 18–20 courses, based on things that may have swum past the window: Fish, shellfish and sea truffle, as seaweed which, as the name suggests, tastes like truffles.
“I love going out fishing for crabs or fish, forage seaweed or herbs and serve it for the guests the same evening,” Pedersen tells Visit Norway.
He brings experience from working at several top restaurants in Denmark and Norway. From the land will come sweet berries, mushrooms, wild sheep, poultry and other produce from the Southern Norway coast. These delicious ingredients may well be given an Asian twist on the way to the table.
“I’m a big fan of Asian cuisine,” the chef says.
If you want to eat here, you’ll have a long wait for a table. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reported that the restaurant was fully booked several months before it opened. The fact that over 700 media outlets around the world have written about this spectacular restaurant no doubt helped to ensure that the 40-cover restaurant was full at its opening.
The major investors behind the NKr70 million project are brothers Gaute and Stig Ubostad from Lyngdal.
The tasting menu costs NKr2,250. A wine pairing is available for NKr1,450 and a non-alcoholic pairing for NKr850.
Published: April 15, 2019