Living in SoFlo, we’re used to grabbing a bite on or near the water, but what about underwater? No towels needed as you won’t get soaked this time. That’s because a new pop-up offers a virtual look at the underwater world, healthy food and all.
Dive in, the pop-up Hidden Worlds at the Rudolf Budja Gallery on South Beach wants you to work up an appetite.
Daniel Hettwer: “Hidden Worlds is an immersive culinary experience where we serve eight courses that fit eight amazing 360-degree environments.”
You will feel like you are swimming and eating with the fish.
Daniel Hettwer: “You start in the mangroves in the morning. You have iguanas, you have snakes, you have beautiful birds that fly. Crabs are slowly crawling off your table, they are crawling onto the screen around you. The water level rises, you see manatees and crocodiles and sharks.”
The immersive food is designed to remind us to be kinder to the ocean.
Daniel Hettwer: “We’re trying to prove that you can make the world a better place and still have a great time.”
No wonder they serve seafood. Fish is good for you and Mother Nature.
Scott Linquist: “We can only use fish or shellfish that actually have a positive impact on the oceans or that are invasive and actually destroy or take away the oceans.”
Start with caviar in the LED room.
Scott Linquist: “The caviar is a special caviar because it produces the eggs naturally and they don’t have to kill the fish.”
Then it’s dinner time to make a splash in the dining room-turned-art-gallery.
Scott Linquist: “The first picture is sitting under the mangrove trees and that will be an oyster course. Second gear comes and the water rises and that would be a ceviche.”
If seafood isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There is a vegan option with all the same sentiments.
Scott Linquist: “We have adjusted the menu so that every dish is almost exactly the same. It just eliminates the seafood component.”
There’s only one seat per night, and the pop-up is only here for a month.
Daniel Hettwer: “It’s the first of its kind. This is as close as possible to the real environment on an artificial basis, which allows us to bring you sharks and manatees.”
Dinner is $300 per person, and a portion goes to charity.
There is also a 40-minute daytime version of the underwater experience. It’s $40 and doesn’t include food.
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