Dinner at Noma: real once-in-a-lifetime gustative experience

From the moment you step in to the moment you step out (many hours later), prepare for a truly unforgettable journey. But booking a table at Noma, one of the world’s Top 3 restaurants ain’t easy. Not at all… That’s the kind of place you book before booking flights and accommodation accordingly. So on the first Monday of the month before the one you plan to visit, a moment before 10 am (CEST), prepare all your devices with internet-access and connect to the the restaurant’s website. At 10 am sharp the online booking opens and after a while you get a random number in the queue (one per connected device). You will likely have to repeat this many months in a row before being actually able to book a table, as 4- or even 5-digit queue numbers are very usual (meaning thousands of people are trying to do the same as you at the same time)… If you get a 3-digit number, chances are slim but wait for your turn to come and see if there is any time slot still available in the reservations calendar. If you are lucky enough to get a 2-digit number, chances are good you will be able to book a table! But be quick, as when your turn comes and the calendar opens in front of your eyes, time slots will disappear in seconds (the queue number only gives you access to the calendar, without any guarantee to be actually able to book a table). So you managed to do it and got your booking confirmation? Let’s go!

Noma entrance
Noma entrance

 

Asparagus, berries and seaweed
Asparagus, berries and seaweed

On entering the restaurant, you are joyfully greeted by a crowd of young waiters from around the world. No tablecloth or cutlery here, but a wise mix of Nordic austerity and refinement. The restaurant is nicely settled on the ground floor of an ancient warehouse in Christianshavn’s maritime district. Chef René Redzepi has successfully brought new Nordic cuisine in the spotlights, using only local and seasonal products in his inventive creations. Flavours are both subtle and pronounced, wild veggies very present.

The first shoots of the season with scallop marinade
The first shoots of the season with scallop marinade

 

Sweet shrimps wrapped in ramson leaves
Sweet shrimps wrapped in ramson leaves

With a total of 18 incredible dishes (at time of visit) and 7 different carefully selected wines for the pairing, you won’t be disappointed (number and content of dishes are constantly changing). No wonder this restaurant is so highly ranked among international food critics and hardly believable it only has 2 Michelin-stars. Dinner at Noma is probably like dinner nowhere else. Noma also has helped Scandinavian cuisine to flourish in terms of popularity. Harsh winters, endless sunlight in summer and deep woods create a vast array of robust yet delicately flavoured greens, berries, roots and mushrooms.

New Danish potato and lovage
New Danish potato and lovage

 

Roasted bone marrow
Roasted bone marrow

After dessert you will have a chance to visit the restaurant’s fascinating back scene (many times bigger than the actual dining room) with different kitchens, creative spaces, labs, beehives… Enjoy!

Forest flavours, chocolate and egg liqueur
Forest flavours, chocolate and egg liqueur

 

Noma kitchen
Noma kitchen

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