在比利时首都布鲁斯尔的 Nemo 33 泳池,Nicolas Mouchart 和他的妻子 Florence 穿上了潜水装备和脚蹼,但他们不是要去游泳,而是去用餐。

Pulling on their scuba gear and flippers at a swimming pool in Brussels, Nicolas Mouchart and his wife Florence are not just going diving – they’re going out for dinner.

Nemo 33 是全球最深的游泳池,深达 34.5米,用于深水潜水员的专业训练。他们慢慢潜入水中,游到泳池另一端,位于水面五米以下,正是他们将要用餐的餐厅。

Lowering themselves to the floor of the pool, an especially deep one built to train scuba divers, they swim to one end where their restaurant awaits, five meters (16 feet) below the surface.

餐厅服务员都是专业潜水员,他们用防水箱为食客提供鹅肝酱,龙虾沙拉和香槟,然后从舷窗出来,留下食客安静享受大餐,透过餐厅的大窗户还能观赏到水中的潜水者。十年前,比利时潜水专家 John Beernaerts 在布鲁塞尔创建了 Nemo 33,这个泳池装着 2.5万升保持在 30℃ 无氯、高过滤的泉水,和几个 10米深度的水下洞穴。水下有许多窗户,让泳客在不同的深度看到泳池的外面。此泳池可作为多用途潜水教学、娱乐和电影制作设施。

Food is served by expert scuba divers who deliver foie gras, lobster salad and champagne in waterproof cases before leaving the diners peering out of the portholes, enjoying the strange tranquillity of eating in an air pocket, completely submerged.

这家餐厅名为“The Pearl(珍珠)”,形似一个两米宽的白色球形吊舱,悬浮在水中接近池底。食客们只需脱下配重腰带,便能直接游进“吊舱” 。

“The Pearl” is a two-meter wide white sphere tethered close to the pool’s floor. The diners jettison their weighted belts before swimming underneath and up into the pod that looks like a cross between a lunar landing craft and a giant spaceman’s helmet.

“We are launching a new era of restaurants,” said John Beernaerts, who founded the NEMO33 pool in the Belgian capital a decade ago.

“我们正在开创一个新的餐厅时代,” John Beernaerts 说道。

The restaurant, where an underwater meal costs 99 euros ($106) per person, took more than a year to build and multiple attempts were needed to perfect the design, mechanics and food delivery system.

这家水下餐厅人均消费约 99欧元。餐厅花了一年多的时间才建好,期间历经多次尝试,以完善设计,力学和食品配送系统。

“It was a wonderful experience,” said Mouchart, 41, his hair still wet after the return swim through the warm – 33 degrees Celsius (91 Fahrenheit) – water to the pool side.

“It was the first time in our life that we ate underwater, which was really fun. It’s a unique dinner and we will remember this all our life.”

“这是一个美妙的体验,”41岁的 Nicolas Mouchart 说道,“这是我们第一次在水下用餐,真的很有趣。这是一顿特别的晚餐,令我们永生难忘。”