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Noma

Author: Mārtiņš Rītiņš0 COMMENTS

Noma

Not far from the busy waterfront Nyhavn district of Copenhagen you will find the Noma restaurant that will not only surprise with its original Northern ambience but with its menu as well: you won't find anything that's not strictly Scandinavian in it. The proud owner of this year's title of the world's 33rd best restaurant is comfortably housed in a converted warehouse right next door to the wharf.
Each tiny detail here embodies a bit of the reserved, simple and yet warm-hearted Scandinavian character. The Northern ambience is the uniting factor for the oak floor and tables, the simple chairs covered with wolf, fox and deer hides, the white walls with patches of revealed brickwork and the wide windows that let in an indecent amount of daylight. You won't hear music at Noma; your meal will be accompanied by distant buzz of conversation at the adjacent tables. Here and there you will notice flowers on the otherwise bare tables, and leaning against the wall will leave your clothes white with the plaster dust.
The owner and chef of the Noma restaurant René Redzepi and his employees have sworn to use only local ingredients for their dishes. Customers are greeted with aperitifs and complimentary appetisers you are not likely to be served anywhere else in the world, for instance, you can sample some thin and crunchy crisps from cheese, vegetables and even fish skin with some aioli sauce decoratively poured over a few rocks.
The inventiveness of the Macedonian-born chef doesn't end here. As a dessert he may serve homemade muesli with tiny bits that slightly explode in your mouth - you may have eaten something quite similar as a child. Radzepi who has previously gained experience in well-known European and American restaurants, such as El Bulli (this year's top restaurant in the world), French Laundry (last year's top) and Fat Duck (this year's second best), doesn't lose his spirit for experimentation from meal to meal, not forgetting to serve game as well. Once a month the menu is revamped to offer new variations of tastes and flavours.
Like other top-level restaurants, Noma doesn't hide its culinary secrets from the customers' eyes and they are free to watch chefs at work behind a soundproof glass wall. They will also be glad to prepare you dishes not included in the menu. The friendly waiter will explain you the menu, suggest the best choice and help you find your way in the vast collection of wines.

Open: for lunch Tuesday-Friday 12 pm - 1.30 pm
For dinner Monday-Saturday 6 pm - 10 pm

Strandgade 93
1401 Copenhagen K
Phone: +45 3296 3297
E-mail: noma@noma.dk

www.noma.dk

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