Finns opened the ultimate underground restaurant this week with a menu featuring the element earth.

Popular Helsinki restaurant Muru set up a temporary eatery some 80m below ground in a limestone mine in the southern Finnish town of Lohja.

Inspired by pop-up shops and restaurants, an urban trend of enterprising cooks and retailers setting up temporary shops in unusual spots, Muru calls its 10 night experiment a “pop down” restaurant.

The E128 (R1 340) menu features escargot with fennel risotto, smoked vendace in lemon oil, roasted veal tenderloin and hanger steak simmered in herb stock.

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. – Reuters