There’s nothing new about a pop-up restaurant, but diners in Finland are about to experience a surreal experience at the world’s first pop-down eatery inside a Finnish limestone mine. ‘Muru Pops Down in Tytyri’ was organized by Muru, the Helsinki bistro that was selected as Finland’s Best Restaurant of the Year– it’s not surprising, then, that the limited-engagement experience is completed booked for its September 10-26 run. For those of us missing this one-of-a-kind dinner, here’s what we’re missing out on for the ticket price of $160 (€128): a four-course menu, a cocktail and wine package, and a trip to the mine’s museum.
The evening begins with diners being transported a half-hour’s drive outside of Helsinki. At arrival, each participant is given a mining helmet before climbing into the world’s tallest elevator test tower, which can descend to a depth of 1,090 ft (333 metres) below the earth’s surface. Not plunging the entire 1,090 ft, guests emerge from the elevator at 262 feet deep and enter the Tytyri Mine, an active excavation site.
Diners are seated at a rustic wooden table beaming with underground glow. For this subterranean meal, the chef of Muru has embraced the style of ‘mine canteen.’ The menu includes dishes like salted salmon seasoned with cumin with a mustard-aquavit sauce, fennel risotto with escargot flambéed in Pernod, and roasted veal tenderloin and hanger steak simmered in herb stock, served with bearnaise sauce. After enjoying every bite of their unique meal, guests can hop back on the elevator to explore some of the mine’s deeper regions. Afterwards, they can visit the Tytyri Mine Museum, which has mine trucks and drills on display.