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In Copenhagen, there is Noma.

Ranked from 2010 to 2012 as the “best restaurant in the world ” , one of my dreams was to taste René Redzepi’s natural cuisine.

As Noma is one of the most popular restaurants in the world, it is extremely difficult to book a table there and the bookings are subject to binding rules ( you must call the first Monday of the month at 10 am to try to get a reservation three months later) .

If you have also the chance to go to Noma someday, get prepared to live a revolutionary experience. Because at Noma, there is no rule, neither in the scenery, nor in the plate. Forget your idea of gastronomy and all your previous experiences. Forget all your expectations and let you lead by the novelty and innovation of each creation: the one where the ants give acidity, where the lichen gives texture, and where the grasshopper powder gives flavor … Indeed, the very innovative Nordic Cuisine of the chef is inspired by the surrounding nature and reminds us that we can feed on seasonal, natural and local products.

I did not loved all the dishes because some of them where a bit too special for me , but Noma experience gave me an outstanding keepsake filled with visual poetry and new culinary emotions, forcing me to overcome many of my former ideas.

Some of you will love it , some of you will hate it . But it is definitely sure that Noma will not leave you indifferent .

The Foodalist ‘s tip: to get a table without going through the arduous booking process, you might rent the private room upstairs (16 people) one month in advance.

I love :

  1. The unconventional decoration, the customers wearing jeans, the bearded and tattooed chefs ;
  2. The natural wine pairings and the more reasonable fresh homemade juice pairings ;
  3. That each chef introduces the dish he has prepared ;
  4. The 8 appetizers shared with fingers , followed by 12 dishes ;
  5. The visual research and surprise around every dish ;
  6. To discover unusual foods (wild herbs, flowers, ants, grasshoppers, foam…)
  7. The kitchen and laboratories tour.

I like a bit less :

  1. The wild herbs, morning foam, and other berries that can be sickening at high dose
  2. The slow coffee ( as usual) .

NOMA (2*)

Strandgade 93

1401 København
+45 32 96 32 97
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12 am to 4 pm and from 7 pm to 00.30 am

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