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This might be the restaurant industry’s ultimate gimmick to attract diners. We’ve seen everything from an underwater restaurant in the Maldives and a robot restaurant in Tokyo, but this could very well be the first place that you actually have to dive to to eat your meal.

“The Pearl” opened recently inside Brussels’ NEMO33 diving center. The restaurant is a single sphere that rests five meters (about 16 feet) below the pool’s surface. It’s an exclusive dining experience, with seats for just four people and it’s intimate, too, being only two meters (about 6.5 feet) wide. The watertight pod is tied down to the pool’s floor and its many windows gives diners 360-degree views… of the indoor pool…

Dining here costs €99 per person and requires you to have prior diving experience. If you’ve never been diving, NEMO33 offers an introductory lesson before the meal. Once you’re in the pod, expert divers will deliver your meal in watertight containers. A sample menu included items like lobster salad, foie gras and Champagne.

Image courtesy of NEMO33’s Facebook page.

The structure took more than a year to build and was designed by NEMO33 founder John Beernaerts, who described his… interesting vision for the concept: “It’s a bit like going back to a foetal state, like in a cocoon,” he told a UK newspaper. “And you can talk, discuss, exchange – but all of this in a muffled atmosphere that sort of looks like our very early days.”

NEMO33 also features one of the world’s largest diving pools — measuring in at 34.5 meters (about 113 feet) deep. If you don’t want to dive for your meal but still want an ‘underwater’ dining experience, you can have a meal at the center’s Thai restaurant located adjacent to the deeper pool which features several windows that allow diners to peer in to the water next to them while staying totally dry.

H/T: Lonely Planet

Featured image courtesy of NEMO33.

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