Noma (restaurant)
Noma is a two Michelin star
Michelin Guide
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 restaurant run by chef René Redzepi
René Redzepi
René Redzepi is the chef and co-owner of the two-Michelin star restaurant Noma in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. His restaurant was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2010 San Pellegrino Awards and 2011...

 in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,199,224 and a metropolitan population of 1,930,260 . With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region...

, Denmark
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. The name is an acronym of the two Danish
Danish language
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 words "nordisk" (Nordic) and "mad" (food), and the restaurant is known for its reinvention and interpretation of the Nordic Cuisine. In both 2010 and 2011, it was ranked as the Best Restaurant in the World
Restaurant (magazine) Top 50
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 by Restaurant
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History of the building

The restaurant is located in an old warehouse on the waterfront in the Christianshavn
Christianshavn is an artificial island neighbourhood located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded in the early 17th century by Christian IV as part of his extension of the fortifications of Copenhagen. Originally it was laid out as an independent privileged merchant's town with inspiration from...

 neighbourhood of central Copenhagen.

The building is situated by the Greenlandic Trading Square (Danish: Grønlandske Handels Plads), which for 200 years was a centre for trade to and from the Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are an island group situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Scotland and Iceland. The Faroe Islands are a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark proper and Greenland...

, Finnmark
or Finnmárku is a county in the extreme northeast of Norway. By land it borders Troms county to the west, Finland to the south and Russia to the east, and by water, the Norwegian Sea to the northwest, and the Barents Sea to the north and northeast.The county was formerly known as Finmarkens...

, Iceland
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, and in particular, Greenland
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. Dry fish, salted herring, whale oil and skins are among the goods that were stored in and around the warehouse before being sold off to European markets.

In 2004 the warehouse was turned into North Atlantic House
North Atlantic House
North Atlantic House is a cultural centre located on the harbour front in Copenhagen, Denmark, dedicated to preserve, promote and communicate culture and art from the North Atlantic area. It is made as a cooperation between Denmark, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands and includes three...

, a centre for the art and culture of the North Atlantic region. Noma was opened at the same time by Redzepi and Meyer. The restaurant's Interior design is by Signe Bindslev-Henriksen.

The food

The cuisine of Noma is Nordic
Nordic countries
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Scandinavia is a cultural, historical and ethno-linguistic region in northern Europe that includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, characterized by their common ethno-cultural heritage and language. Modern Norway and Sweden proper are situated on the Scandinavian Peninsula,...

n; the restaurant's founders René Redzepi and Claus Meyer
Claus Meyer
Claus Meyer is a professional chef, co-founder of the restaurant Noma , cookbook author, professor, and a host on New Scandinavian Cooking....

 have attempted to redefine this Nordic cuisine. The cuisine of Noma can be considered more an interpretation of Nordic food than classical Nordic food itself, according to Meyer in the book Noma - Nordic Cuisine.
Famous dishes include 'The Hen and the Egg'. The cuisine of Noma embodies many of the principles of Wild culture.

The staff

René Redzepi has formerly worked at the restaurants such as The French Laundry, El Bulli
El Bulli
elBulli was a Michelin 3-star restaurant near the town of Roses, Catalonia, Spain, run by chef Ferran Adrià. The small restaurant overlooked Cala Montjoi, a bay on Catalonia's Costa Brava, and has been described as "the most imaginative generator of haute cuisine on the planet" and does a great...

, Kong Hans Kælder
Kong Hans Kælder
Kong Hans Kælder is a one Michelin star restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark. The cuisine is mainly classical French with contemporary Nordic influences...

 and Le Jardin des Sens. The sommelier
A sommelier , or wine steward, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, commonly working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching...

 is Swede
Sweden , officially the Kingdom of Sweden , is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. Sweden borders with Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund....

 Pontus Elofsson.

Awards and accolades

  • 2011: Best Restaurant in the World, 2011 Restaurant magazine Top 50
  • 2010: Best Restaurant in the World, 2010 Restaurant magazine Top 50
  • 2009: 3rd Best Restaurant in the World and "Chefs' Choice", 2009 Restaurant magazine Top 50
  • Since 2008: Michelin Guide
    Michelin Guide
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    , two stars
  • 2008: René Redzepi named International Chef of the Year at the Lo Mejor de la Gastronomia conference in San Sebastian
    San Sebastián
    Donostia-San Sebastián is a city and municipality located in the north of Spain, in the coast of the Bay of Biscay and 20 km away from the French border. The city is the capital of Gipuzkoa, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. The municipality’s population is 186,122 , and its...

    , Spain
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  • 2008: The users of the international website TripAdvisor
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     with 25 million users a month rated Noma as the best restaurant in the world.
  • 2008: 10th Best Restaurant in the World, 2008 Restaurant magazine Top 50
  • 2007: 15th Best Restaurant in the World, 2007 Restaurant magazine Top 50

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