Noma: No wonder it’s the best in the world

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It’s been on my bucket list for some time and last night, as a surprise birthday present from my husband, I found myself there. Noma was everything I’d hoped for and more.

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Beef tartar and ANTS

22 delectable, and at times strange, courses and some interesting wines to boot. The dishes included ants and beef tartar, caramelised milk and monkfish liver, white cabbage and samphire and two completely whole ducks (to feed the six of us).

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Squid and broccoli, fennel and parsley

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Smoked and pickled quail egg

Now I know what many of you will be thinking – this Nordic cuisine is not to your taste. And it’s true that eating some of these dishes took courage and a lot of trust. I admit I wasn’t so keen on the sea urchin with duck but everything else, including the ants, was delicious.

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Shrimp and nasturtium, radish and yeast

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Potato and plum

The staff were also fantastic – attentive, knowledgeable and very patient with a group of Brits who’d never tried anything like it before. They even gave me a signed copy of the menu as well as a rather unusual cake that tasted like chocolate but wasn’t made of chocolate. No wonder this restaurant has two michelin stars (although I’m still unsure why it hasn’t been granted a third) and has yet again been voted the best in the world.

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Cutting my chocolate cakes without the chocolate.

So would I go again? Absolutely – as long as someone else picked up the bill. This is an expensive evening but I can honestly say it was worth every penny.

 

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