Noma – Nordic Bliss
Noma is an acronym for “Nordisk mad” (which means Nordic food) and that says all about René Redzepi’s intention of creating and reinventing Nordic food.
René Redzepi is a brilliant man and is developing the frontiers of food. The chef was born in Copenhagen and gained experience at a local Michelin starred restaurant in Copenhagen. At the age of 19, he started at Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier in Southern France. In 1999, he worked during 1 season at the famous El Bulli in Spain. Before opening his own restaurant, he also worked at Kong Hans Kælder, and at The French Laundry in California.
Noma 1.0 opened in 2004 and created not only the New Nordic Food revolution but also gave echoes around the world on focusing on using what is local. Redzepi became the godfather of the Nordic cuisine and one of the most important figures of the ‘locally sourced’ kitchen philosophy. The chef sources almost all of his food locally and does a lot of research by foraging for food in the wild. The cooking is extremely seasonal and focuses on what is available at the time. Fermentation and dehydration are also important aspects of René Redzepi’s kitchen.
At Noma 1.0, several truly amazing dishes were served that went straight into the history books. Everything from pure products such as ants to innovative dishes like the chestnut and löjrom, cress and walnut and all the newly discovered Nordic herbs and vegetables. The restaurant and the team became so famous that they started touring the world just like a rock band. They did renowned pop-ups in London, Japan, Australia and Mexico. In 2017, they closed to relocate to a new space.
Noma 2.0 opened in 2018. Their focus is seasonal menus with seafood season from January to late spring, followed by a vegetarian season which is then overtaken in early fall by a game and forest season. The latter being the only season where meat will play a starring role.
The restaurant is situated a bit further from the centre of Copenhagen but still within walking distance on a nice day. It is housed in a beautiful wood and brick building with a relaxing views over the water. There is ample space around for the restaurant to develop and there are talks of more greenhouses on both land and water.
The dining room is full of light and air and is as welcoming as the staff when you arrive. The staff creates an atmosphere which is relaxed and the service is friendly and attentive. Noma has a staff that display both a joy and pride of their place. It is an honour to be served by them.
Service is not enough. Noma has been known for pushing the boundaries which sometimes compromises the flavour. Noma still pushes the boundaries with dishes such as the plankton ice cream, jelly-fish like creations and many more. The wine list is extensive with a lot of hard to find natural wines but also there are some great pairings with juices.
Noma alone is definitely worth the trip to Copenhagen. The challenge is to get a reservation.
Noma scored 91 points of 100 points in our rating system. View our Top 60 of the world. Back to the reviews.
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