Copenhagen's Noma set for Tokyo trip

Acclaimed restaurant Noma is set to provide a huge boost to the Japanese restaurant scene as it temporarily moves base next January.
Recently voted S.Pellegrino’s best restaurant in the world, the Danish eatery is due to relocate to Tokyo from the 9th to 31st January 2015, where it will set up shop at the Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo.
Headed up by chef René Redzepi, the three Michelin starred restaurant is famous for its use of foraging and Nordic cuisine, with dishes including blackcurrant berries and roses.
However, despite the whole team relocating from Copenhagen to Tokyo, a brand new menu is set to be devised before opening.
Explaining the move, Redzepi said: “Five years ago I was invited there by chef Murata of the acclaimed Kikunoi and I was awestruck by the richness of Japanese food culture. In some way since that first visit I’ve been secretly planning this temporary relocation.
“Although our entire staff will move to Tokyo, we’ll leave our ingredients at home. Rather we’ll bring our mindset and sensibilities to the best of pristine winter produce from all over Japan.”
Redzepi added that he had already visited Tsukiji and Tokyo’s vegetable markets for menu ideas, while bookings for the new Noma are set to be available from 23rd June.
Earlier this month the restaurant regained its place as S.Pellegrino’s best in the world after last year falling behind El Celler de Can Roca, based in Girona, Spain. Before this, Noma had consistently topped the list between 2010 and 2012 and has now featured on the chart for the past nine years.
The list also held good news for the British dining scene, with Dinner by Heston Blumenthal taking fifth spot and Brett Graham’s The Ledbury taking tenth, meaning that two British restaurants feature in the top ten for the first time. There was also room on the list for the Fat Duck, which held 47th place.
By Owen Mckeon
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