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.