Food is always a good reason to visit a place. And with the recently concluded awarding ceremony of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants hosted by UK’s Restaurant Magazine, there are indeed restaurants worth travelling across the globe for. This year’s winner is Noma.
If you follow the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, then you must have heard of this Nordic-Scandinavian restaurant. The list was first started in 2002. Out of the nine times that Noma made it on the list, the restaurant won first place four times-2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014.
Chef René Redzepi established Noma in 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He aims for a restaurant that serves a cuisine made from local products from the Nordic terroir. He said in an interview, “It’s a principle that we have to find usage of as much of the given animal that we can. We are rediscovering our region gastronomically. We work very much with the wild life, wild plants, berries, mushrooms, wild animals. So this is what we are trying to do: create a restaurant that works with the Nordic products.” Further, “we give people something that is unique, you know, whether they like it or not.”
As unique as the fare at Noma, is its location. It utilizes an old dockside warehouse in the Christianshavn area, a merchant’s town established in 1618, in the heart of Copenhagen. The warehouse used to store goods for trade with the European market but has since been converted into an art and cultural center for North Atlantic Countries. It is a venue for exhibitions and events related to the culture of Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands.
If you have plans of paying Noma a visit, you should note though that the restaurant is moving to Japan for two months at the start of 2015. The exciting part is chef René and his team will leave their Nordic ingredients and will experiment with local Japanese products instead.