There’s a good reason for you to extend your stay in Brussels next time you visit Belgium. An underwater restaurant in the city is drawing travellers to experience fine dining inside a spherical enclosure, and the wait list is long. By Deepali Sharma
Last year, ‘The Pearl,’ as a name, was cue enough for travellers to book this gem of an underwater experience when it launched in Brussels. Built five metres under water, at the city’s Nemo33 diving centre, the restaurant is a small sphere of two metres, fit to allow no more than four guests at a time. Once in the privacy of the shell, the food is brought to diners by expert divers cum waiters, in air-tight containers that can be opened by the guests only once inside the pod.
This meal is one that you’ll remember for years to come. John Beernaert, the diving enthusiast who built this structure over a period of one year, made sure that this was not just your regular lunch, but a complete guest experience. For this, guests are first given a crash course in diving and lowered into the water tank for the high-end private dining experience. Once they have entered the pod, they can get out of their diving gear and enjoy the experience freely.
This luxury experience will cost you INR8,400 per person.