“Sotto il mare”, an underwater restaurant… In Paris

Founded by three young entrepreneurs, the first immersive restaurant in France dedicated to the underwater world has just opened in Paris and is the success story of the moment. Take off!

It’s a tidal wave: just opened, Under the Sea (Paris 13), imagined by the Ephemera collective, collected 8,000 bookings in three days. Few restaurants can boast such success. It must be said that this plunges you into the ocean. Let’s face it, you don’t need a diving suit to get there: the waves are represented by a patterned foam carpet, fake algae float on the ceiling and sound and light effects reproduce the atmosphere of the seabed. Last but not least, a large screen envelops each table – show videos of manta rays, hammerhead sharks and others sharing your dinner.

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This sensorial and immersive concept, if new to us, was invented by the brilliant French top chef Paul Pairet in Shanghai, where his UltraViolet restaurant immerses ten guests in hypnotic universes linked to dishes. Experience – you have to pay 1268 euros per person! – is unheard of, and Pairet’s three-star cuisine is extraordinary. The founders of Under the Sea have neither the intention nor the claim to copy the mythical UV. Their goal? Make immersion meals accessible. Here there are no abysmal expenses: the menus offering octopus, sea bream or prawns do not exceed 49 euros. An adventure that deserves to be tried, if only to greet the dynamism of the members. Because the story of Jade Frommer, Annaïg Ferrand and Loris de Vaucelles, 23 each, is like a modern fairy tale.

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The founders of the concept restaurant Under the Sea: Loris de Vaucelles, Annaïg Ferrand and Jade Frommer (foreground).

The founders of the concept restaurant Under the Sea: Loris de Vaucelles, Annaïg Ferrand and Jade Frommer (foreground).

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After their meeting at the Paul Bocuse Institute, they set up an ephemeral restaurant on the theme “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in a Lyon incubator with… 200 euros. To hit. Then a second, which was to open on November 7, 2020, at the beginning of yet another confinement. The trio then launched into the takeaway sale of chic kebabs! Unfortunately, the place won’t survive the co-ownership disputes. “It’s not about giving up, says Jade. I have the idea of ​​writing to Xavier Niel. I write an email to describe our trip and our wishes. I’m not talking about money, I’m just saying we need advice. Not having his address, I invent ten and press “send”. Nine messages return to me with the mention “error”. A few hours later, I received a response from the tenth: “Hi Jade, I will put you in touch with Jean de La Rochebrochard, my right hand on Kima”. It was signed Xavier Niel. I ask and learn that this investment fund supports only two projects out of seven hundred and only in the technology sector! What Jean confirms to me, during our video meeting. However he lets me unfold our adventures and ends up asking me, “How much do you need?” The worst part is that I didn’t know anything about it! The stake will be 150,000 euros and will allow friends to test their concept in Lyon, in the Part-Dieu shopping center. Re-success.

Cream of green asparagus with seaweed and aromatic herbs, feta and cashews.

Cream of green asparagus with seaweed and aromatic herbs, feta and cashews.

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Then it’s time to go up to Paris … Recommended by Victor Lugger, co-founder of Big Mamma restaurants (of which Niel is a shareholder), by Clarisse Ferreres-Frechon, communication expert, and hosted by the Karmitz brothers near their MK2 cinemas , Jade and her friends convince the banks and go up to Under the Sea in a few months. Scheduled to stay open for eighteen months, it will surely have siblings by then. What is certain is that the three friends have not finished surfing the terrain of the dive.

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Immerse yourself elsewhere too!

Under the sea at the Under restaurant, in Norway: a building as if stranded in the waves at a depth of 5.5 meters. Dive menu: 253 euros. below.

In a show (in Singapore) in which you are an actor for a dinner on the theme “Around the world in 80 days”. 5-course menu: 85 euros. and so on.com.sg.

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