Currently world no. 3, Noma from Denmark is all set to relocate to Sydney. The Danish eatery will temporarily close in Copenhagen and open in the Barangaroo harbourside for 10 weeks in January 2016, where Chef René Redzepi will experiment with local Australian ingredients and serve us some magic. Noma has been named restaurant of the year by Restaurant Magazine four times (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and has two Michelin stars.
The move to Australia follows the restaurant’s five-week relocation to Tokyo, Japan last year, where reservation waiting lists saw more than 60,000 names. Redzepi has also taken Noma as a pop-up to London in 2012 and on both occasions, live ants were featured in the menu!
“We want to travel like this one final time and lately I’ve been dreaming of Australia,” wrote Redzepi in a blogpost on the restaurant’s website.
The renowned chef was in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia during an earlier trip and expressed his fascination and desire to explore the incredibly diverse Australian produce and stated that he would leave “the ingredients behind in Copenhagen” and source from local producers and farmers only. According to Redzepi’s Instagram feed he has been getting a taste of green lip abalone, fat local mussels, and conch among others.
“From the tropical fruit in the north, to the native pepper leaf of Tasmania; the pristine fish and shellfish of the very south, and all the new exotic wonders in between. Our research forays will take us into the bush, around every shoreline, weeding our way through Flinders and Kangaroo Island.”
A new menu based on the local produce will be on offer at lunch and dinner and the restaurant will open five days a week. While prices have yet to be announced, a typical dining experience at the Copenhagen restaurant costs 1,700 DKK ($251), with paired wines an additional 1,100 kroner ($162). Dinner for two at Noma Tokyo cost about $1,350.
Reservations for the Sydney pop-up are expected to open later this year.