India Gets Its First Underwater Restaurant

For those looking for new culinary experiences in India, can head straight to the Ahmedabad’s first ‘underwater restaurant’ The Real Poseidon that has been built 20 feet below ground level.

This month will see Amdavadis have a new place to dock their palates, with an underwater restaurant making its way into the city’s culinary landscape and all new experiences.

The unique waterscape restaurant has already garnered 150-odd bookings for the opening day through radio, online and other types of promotions.

The dining area of The Real Poseidon has been created 20ft below ground level and is run by Ahmedabad-based businessman Bharat Bhatt, who also owns an engineering unit and is also into construction. “I had been part of building a restaurant back in 2004-05 and had been toying with this idea to float a restaurant with a novel concept since several years. Once we decided on this concept and we were sure it could be done, we started work on it,” says Bhatt.

Plush with 150,000 litres of water that is revitalised with a filtration tank on the 3,000 sq. ft property, the restaurant features around 4,000 fish and marine species sourced from local markets of the city. For those concerned about the available dishes at the restaurant (read: eating seafood while being surrounded by fish), then worry not. The multicuisine, 32-seater restaurant does offer Punjabi, Thai, Chinese and Mexican fare, but it’s all vegetarian!

While the concept and design took several months to finalise, Bhatt spent a whopping Rs 2 crore on the construction, which took two years.

“Guests need only take the stairs down to a tunnel-based dining hall of 1,200 sq ft, where they can dine while enjoying the view. While there could be aquarium-based restaurants in Surat, we feel this is the first underwater restaurant in the city,” says Bhatt who runs the The Real Poseidon with his wife Varsha.

Sources say that there are future plans to set up live music and orchestra in this restaurant of entertainment purposes.

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