Launched in 2004, Noma—its name is an abstraction of the phrase nordisk mad, Nordic food—was just named World’s Best Restaurant on the 2011 San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, as voted by the more than 800 members of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy and presented by the British trade journal Restaurant. Noma was also the World’s Best Restaurant last year, supplanting the four-year reign of Spain’s El Bulli.
Noma is located on the ground floor of a newly renovated 18th Century warehouse in the old Christianshavn district of Copenhagen. The building has one of the best locations in the city: the very end of a quay in the Copenhagen Harbour, straight across from Nyhavn.
Like its gastronomic vision, Noma’s interior attempts to reflect the encounter between the traditional and the contemporary. Consequently, the restaurant is characterised by simplicity with its crisp, clean and uncluttered lines that reflect the Nordic spirit and atmosphere. The interior of the listed 18th Century warehouse is at once stark and poetic: wood floors, visible wooden beams and deep, rounded window recesses. The fittings and furnishings complement the room itself: smoked oak, stone, leather, water, glass and light all add to the atmosphere. With her discreet yet powerful design and her careful selection of furniture, architect Signe Bindslev Henriksen has managed to add a modern dimension to the classic rooms and create the perfect backdrop for a ground-breaking, modern Nordic restaurant rooted in a long tradition of fine craftsmanship and quality.
“I think that in our part of the world, Scandinavia, we are one of the pioneers of showing that gastronomy can be something — high gastronomy can be something very present and doesn’t have to involve, you know, what is perceived as the normal luxury items that belong in a restaurant,” said Redzepi. “You can actually, I mean a carrot has the same value as caviar if you know how to cook it and if you deal with it properly.” – from Chef René Redzepi….
1401 Copenhagen K
Tel: +45 3296 3297
Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday: 12.00 am to 1.30 pm (12.00 to 4.00)
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm (6.30 to 1.00)