This week witnessed the official opening of the world's first restaurant set up in a limestone mine. People who choose to enjoy a quiet lunch or a pleasant dinner in this location can brag about the fact that they got to taste some very delicious dishes whilst being 80 meters (about 262 feet) below the earth's surface.
Those involved in seeing to the success of this project explain how, as of late, several large cities around the world have taken a liking towards the so-called “pop-up” restaurants.
The end goal of such temporary eateries is to both present the general public with an opportunity to enjoy dishes prepared in unusual kitchen locations, and to allow those who are only now training to become chefs to experiment with the food they will be serving their future customers.
According to The Daily Star
, one of the chefs presently working for this restaurant explained how, “'Pop-down' is such a unique idea that I just had to do it. It's great working down here because you are totally cut off from the world, so nothing distracts from cooking.”
“Certainly it's the weirdest place I have cooked. It could be difficult to find something on par,” Timo Linnamaki went on to argue.
For those very passionate about food and those who are actually considering the possibility of checking out this unusual eatery, it seems that some of the dishes served here are salted salmon, veal tenderloin snails and apple crumble.
As well as this, the cost for a four-course meal is merely $160 (roughly €125), drinks and transportation in the underground included.
Still, what interests us is the fact that this restaurant established fairly close to the Finnish town of Lohja also shows that various locations which would otherwise go unnoticed can be put to better use, something which is of utmost importance if human society is to continue pushing for sustainable development.
Moreover, as Finnish chef Timo Linnamaki pointed out, the whole idea was to allow people to take pleasure in eating while being very close to the earth.
Unfortunately, this restaurant will only remain open until the 29th of September.