#3 NOMA

COPEN­HAGEN, DEN­MARK

KL100 - - F&b Discovery -

Hid­den away in an 18th cen­tury har­bour ware­house in Copen­hagen, Noma boasts two Miche­lin stars.

For Chef René Redzepi who runs the kitchen, Noma does not serve fu­sion food, but a New Nordic style kitchen which is a rein­vented ver­sion of Nordic cui­sine with a spe­cial fo­cus on in­gre­di­ents for­aged uniquely from the nearby forests and shores.

One thing is for sure: a meal at Noma is com­pletely out of the or­di­nary. Guests are treated to a pa­rade of around 20 small plates, most of which bear lit­tle re­sem­blance to rec­og­niz­able food. The tast­ing menu costs $296 a head, and the wine pair­ing is an ad­di­tional $185. But this restau­rant has man­aged to hold the crown for four years run­ning and get­ting a ta­ble here is not so easy - but for those who book ahead, they are in for an ex­tra­or­di­nary culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence.

You will find Scan­di­na­vian del­i­ca­cies like Ice­landic sea­weed, Faroese deep-sea fish, Green­landic musk ox and sor­rel from Dan­ish forests on your plate. The chefs here will do all of their own cur­ing, smok­ing and pick­ling and they are at the fore­front of new tech­niques to com­bine and pre­pare in­gre­di­ents in in­no­va­tive ways.

Noma is a world-con­quer­ing Scan­di­na­vian restau­rant as Chef Redzepi de­cided to move the Noma restau­rant to Ja­pan for a hugely over-sub­scribed five-week pop-up ear­lier this year. They re­ceived wild crit­i­cal ac­claim there. Now back on Dan­ish soil, the Noma team has been re-en­er­gised by its ex­pe­ri­ence in the Land of the Ris­ing Sun, where in­dige­nous in­gre­di­ents such as raw botan ebi shrimp and wild duck were served to Tokyo din­ers with dra­matic ef­fect.

Noma’s abil­ity to re­main fresh and to as­sim­i­late culi­nary cul­tures other than its own demon­strates not just the im­mense skill of Redzepi and his team, but also the global im­por­tance of Noma. It will re­main among the most in­flu­en­tial restau­rants of this cen­tury.

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