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It is also the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Europe is Noma in Denmark. Noma is best known for its fanatical approach to foraging but there is much more to this ground-breaking restaurant than the mere picking of Mother Nature's pocket. Noma is about offering the entire package, from its ingredient ingenuity to flawless execution, that makes it a beacon of excellence and which leads to an emotive, intense, liberating way of eating, unlike any other. Many have copied chef Rene Redzepi's approach, most have failed. For the best in class, Noma really is the number one place to go.

If you want to try for a table, two things to remember are: Lunch is easier than dinner; tables of four or more are less difficult to get than tables for two. I guess what else can one expect from the number one restaurnat in the world.

Redzepi said in an interview with Bloomberg in December that the day after Noma topped the awards last year, more than 100,000 people tried to book online, enough to fill the restaurant for more than 14 years.

This is what they say on their site:

At noma, we wish to offer our personal rendition of Nordic gourmet cuisine with an innovative gastronomic take on traditional cooking methods, fine Nordic produce and the legacy of our shared food heritage. Moreover, we regard it as a personal challenge to help bring about a revival of Nordic cuisine and let its distinctive flavours and particular regional character brighten up the world.

noma is not about olive oil, foie gras, sun-dried tomatoes and black olives. On the contrary, we’ve been busy exploring the Nordic regions discovering outstanding foods and bringing them back to Denmark: Icelandic skyr curd, halibut, Greenland musk ox, berries and water. In much the same fashion, we continue to look out for new sources of inspiration in Denmark – and in the rest of the Nordic countries as well – to ensure reliable sources of top-quality produce. This goes for very costly ingredients but also for more disregarded, modest ingredients such as grains and pulses, which you’ll taste here in new and unexpected contexts.

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Noma is only three years old, it has already won a Michelin star and is tipped for two. A new twist to the rating system means that if restaurant wins a red star in the guide, it is considered suitable for promotion. It's essentially like having one and a half stars, though everyone I know in the hospitality industry considers this rather superfluous.

That aside, Noma is full every night of the week and is developing a fantastic reputation within Copenhagen and, increasingly, across Europe. It is located in one of the most picturesque parts of the city - Christianhavn, a man-made island full of colourfully painted old houses, canals and, of course, bicycles. Equally beautiful is the restaurant's interior; spacious and quite austere, but with warming elements in the form of wooden floorboards, animal hides and soft candlelight.

The damage: it was not too bad last year, but now has gone up to about. The seven-course set menu will set you back 1100dk (approx £130). With accompanying wines, you can expect that to double or at least £200. Not cheap, but far better than many other places charging the same amount.

If you are thinking of a city break in Copenhagen, it is likely to set you back around £300-£500 per person and add the Noma to your things to do and other stuff you want to do, it will set you back close to £1000.

The aim of this restaurant is to showcase Nordic cooking, solely using produce that is regionally available. They do this brilliantly, serving food that is clean and modern, but with respect to its heritage. It is refreshing to dine in a restaurant that has a sense of purpose that takes pride in this purpose, and finds innovation where others have previously seen only limitation. Before Noma, contemporary fine dining there would be predominantly a Danish interpretation of French cooking - imagine Peter Schmeichel doing the Can Can. The name, if you were wondering, doesn't mean anything. The food does.

Strandgade 93
1401 Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: +45 32 96 32 97     

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