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Restaurant ‘without a view’ opens 80m underground

Jussi Rosendahl

Published 11/09/2012|15:32

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Customers eat their dinner at Muru Pop Down restaurant at Tytyri mine in Lohja, September 10, 2012. Finns this week opened the ultimate underground restaurant with a four-course menu including escargot flambeed in Pernod. Popular Helsinki restaurant Muru set up a temporary eatery some 80 metres below ground in a limestone mine in the southern Finnish town of Lohja. Inspired by "pop-up" shops and restaurants, an urban trend of enterprising cooks and retailers setting up temporary shops in unusual spots, Muru calls its 10 night-only experiment a "pop down" restaurant. Picture taken September 10, 2012. REUTERS/Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva (FINLAND - Tags: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT FOOD SOCIETY) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. FINLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN FINLAND
Chef Niklas Ekblom (L) and restaurateur Timo Linnamaki prepare food at Muru Pop Down restaurant at Tytyri mine in Lohja, September 10, 2012. Finns this week opened the ultimate underground restaurant with a four-course menu including escargot flambeed in Pernod. Popular Helsinki restaurant Muru set up a temporary eatery some 80 metres below ground in a limestone mine in the southern Finnish town of Lohja. Inspired by "pop-up" shops and restaurants, an urban trend of enterprising cooks and retailers setting up temporary shops in unusual spots, Muru calls its 10 night-only experiment a "pop down" restaurant. Picture taken September 10, 2012. REUTERS/Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva (FINLAND - Tags: FOOD BUSINESS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. FINLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN FINLAND
Restaurateur Timo Linnamaki carries a tray in Muru Pop Down restaurant at Tytyri mine in Lohja, Finland

SOME restaurants are famous for their beautiful view from atop a skyscraper – but a new one in Finland serves up the opposite underground.

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A popular Helsinki restaurant has opened a branch 80 metres below the surface in a limestone mine, with a four-course menu including escargot flambeed in Pernod.

Inspired by "pop-up" shops and restaurants, an urban trend of enterprising cooks and retailers setting up temporary shops in unusual spots, the restaurant calls its 10 night-only experiment in the southern town of Lohja a "pop down" restaurant.

"The main theme with the menu was Element Earth," said chef Timo Linnanmaki of Muru restaurant.

In addition to the escargot served with fennel risotto, the €128 menu features smoked vendace in lemon oil, roasted veal tenderloin and hanger steak simmered in herb stock.

The mine is also the location for a laboratory of the elevator firm Kone and diners are invited to don helmets and protection jackets for a tour down a 350m elevator shaft into the mine.

Tables have already sold out for the event, part of a series of programmes related to Helsinki's designation as this year's World Design Capital.

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