Written for Broadsheet
René Redzepi’s acclaimed Danish fine diner, Noma, will reopen in February after taking a year off to relocate.
The famous New Nordic restaurant has moved to the border of Copenhagen’s autonomous Christiania neighbourhood, and will begin taking reservations next week.
Interestingly, the four-time winner of the world’s best restaurant award is introducing student rates.
Potential diners will be able to make reservations from November 16 at 4pm local time in Copenhagen (that’s 2am for Melbourne and Sydney, 1.30am for Adelaide, 1am for Brisbane, and 11pm for Perth) for the booking window of February 15 to April 29, 2018.
The new Noma is located in a former navy building near the Danish capital’s bohemian ‘Freetown Christiania’ district, in a move Redzepi describes as a well-needed break in routine.
An experimental farm, focused on biodiversity and bygone agricultural practices now surrounds the restaurant, and the opening menu will showcase Scandinavian seafood.
The menu from early European summer to early autumn will focus on vegetables, while autumn to January is game season, and will mark the only period of the year in which meat will feature prominently at the restaurant.
The new Noma has 40 seats in the dining room, with tables available for parties of two, four, six or eight. There’s also a private dining room which can fit 16 guests.
Noma will open Wednesday to Saturday and will cost DKK 2,250 per person, not including beverages – roughly $460 AUD. Students – who will account for 10 per cent of tables each night – will be charged a reduced price of DKK 1,000 per person (around $200 AUD) and will be chosen at random from a waiting list.
In the lead-up to Redzepi closing the original Noma in 2016, 20,000 people per month were attempting to make a reservation.