NOMA, Copenhagen – A superb gastronomic experience at the world’s best restaurant.
Noma was crowned the Best restaurant in the world by the San Pellegrino Awards 2010 and 2011 run by The Restaurant magazine based on the selection of 800 of the most influential food writers, critics and chefs around the world.
New concept of a luxury restaurant
A key word combination: Simplicity and utmost refinement for a Scandinavian concept of luxury.
On your way to Noma, you are first striked by the uncommon location of the restaurant that is set in an old warehouse in a very quiet and silent area of Copenhagen city.
Then, when you step in the restaurant, the simplicity of the room beautifully decorated with rustic and natural materials not only fits the surroundings beautifully. It also manages to provide a warm and cosy atmosphere, quite unexpected when you were driving around dark and large warehouses a few minutes earlier.
However, if you are lucky enough to get a table by a window, you might have a view over the enchanting Nyhavn area on the other shore.
A nice young atmosphere
Noma’s Masterchef René Redzepi receives the clients at the reception. He is young, good looking and welcoming. Only 33 years old and already seen as the best chef in the world. Quite an achievement.
The staff is also very young, pleasant and smiling. It seems like they are having the time of their lives working there, which you as a client can imagine quite far from the gilded and stiff atmosphere in most world top level restaurants.
A unique art experience
The chefs themselves come to present the dishes they have just prepared for you. You can feel the chef’s passion about their art and imagine the effort they have put into the preparation of their creations. Charming.
Clients find out about the origins of the ingredients and the cooking techniques which adds up to the whole superb experience. That seems to be part of the transparency, generous and honest concept of gastronomy supported by Chef René Redzepi.
Surprising and innovative combinations, news tastes, new ingredients you would have never suspected tasting before such as wild plants and flowers.
The beautiful and original presentation, the colours, the perfectly matching textures, the new surprising and delicious flavours all match to make the utmost delight for the client’s eyes and mouth.
Every dish is a masterpiece.
To make the place stand out even more, the ingredients are grown in Denmark. The dishes are all prepared with basic and organic products from Nordic terroirs. Some vegetables are even planted, grown and collected for the own use of the restaurant. René Redzepi explains that following the growth of the products and harvesting the crops themselves makes them want to be true to original flavours and make the most of all parts of the ingredients.
If you are willing to try on the Noma experience, you should know that you have to book months in advance. You will have a choice between the 7 and 12 course menu.
Also, if you are a student and penniless, bare in mind that during the Copenhagen Cooking festival, Noma offers meals to students for a symbolic price.
This year Copenhagen Cooking festival will take place between August 18th to 28th 2011. www.copenhagencooking.dk
1401 Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: +45 3296 3297 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +45 3296 3297 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Here is a selection of photos from the 7 and 12 course set menus.
Dried scallops, grains and watercress.
Pickled vegetables and bone marrow.
Oyster and the ocean
Beef cheek, pear, verbena and endive.
Jerusalem artichoke, marjoram apple and malt. (dessert)