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