noma, based in a converted 19th century warehouse beside the harbour in Christianshavn was ranked as the world's best restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. They are still in the top three in 2015. noma also holds two stars in the Michelin Guide since 2007.
Chef Rene Redzepi excels in Scandinavian cuisine. Superb produce is brought in from Iceland, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, and, of course, Denmark. "A few years ago, no one knew about the Nordic kitchen. Now people know, that this is something you have to go to Copenhagen to experience," says Rene Redzepi, head chef and co-owner of noma.
In an interview with The New York Times, noma chef, René Redzepi, revealed that the restaurant is to close in december 2016 and to reopen in a new location in 2017.
On New Year’s Eve in 2016, noma has a final service at their current address in the Christianshavn neighborhood in Copenhagen. In December 2017/January 2018, the restaurant will reopen at the borders of the special Danish community, Christiania, with a new mission and a new menu. To The New York Times, Redzepi has said that the changes at noma is not driven by necessity, but a mission to make a drastic evolution in noma’s approach.
The new vision
The new location for noma looks nothing like a place to serve Michelin food with its graffiti covered walls and floors and no windows or doors, but Redzepi has great plans; He wants to transform the restaurant into an urban farm with a green house on the roof, fresh soil covered grounds and part of the farm will be floating.
The menu will change by season. In autumn, noma will focus on wild game and autumnal ingredients like mushrooms and forest berries, in winter the restaurant turns into a seafood restaurant and during spring and summer, the restaurant will become a vegetarian restaurant. As far as possible, the ingredients come from noma’s own farm.
Rene Redzepi outside noma's "new" building
Photo: Lærke Posselt
For many years, noma chef Kristian Baumann has dreamt of opening a restaurant. Now, in partnership with René Redzepi and the noma team, this dream becomes a reality.
The name of the restaurant is “108”, and refers to its permanent address on Strandgade in Christianshavn, and it opened in July 2016.
108’s kitchen finds its inspiration in the exciting developments that have happened to Denmark’s restaurant scene over the last decade. Baumann is going to continue to build on these foundations through the ideas and influences he has gained from his upbringing, his career, and his travels. He wants to keep exploring; creating the essence of an urban restaurant; one with a proximity to nature, to farms, and to the vibes of the city. 108 received one Michelin star in start 2017.
The restaurant opened the 19th of September, 2016 and is open 7 days a week.
Porkbelly at 108
Noma - My Perfect Storm is a creative journey into the mind of René Redzepi. A modern ugly duckling, bullied by his peers, Redzepi found his home in the no man’s land and transformed into swan.
How did he manage to revolutionize the entire world of gastronomy, inventing the alphabet and vocabulary that would infuse newfound pedigree to Nordic cuisine and establish a new edible world while radically changing the image of the modern chef? His story has the feel of a classic fairy tale: the ugly duckling transformed into a majestic swan, who now reigns over the realm of modern gourmet cuisine. But beneath the polished surface, cracks appear in the form of old wounds. 2013 stands as the worst year in René Redzepi’s career. We follow him as he fights his way back to the top, reinventing noma and reclaiming the title of best restaurant in the world in 2014 for the fourth time.