Copenhagen is a delight to write about and offers so much more than one can possibly cram into on a weekend city break! Also, am I really the only one who can’t seem to get enough of all things Nordic? Fortunately I also have a lovely Danish acquaintance, who as an expat, remains very strongly bound to her Copenhagen roots. Her insider knowledge is overwhelming and as she rattled off a list of cultural and culinary delights for me to consider in that fascinating and very endearing Danish clipped tone of hers, I was lost not only in that I couldn’t keep up taking notes as she spoke, but also for sheer choice. How on earth can you decide between “the most superb gourmet restaurant”, “the amazing Louisiana Museum”, “The Chair“ (Wishbone, Carl Hansen) not to mention “the whole Design legacy “ or “the longest sandy coastline in Europe with the most charming seaside harbor houses” and “the beers, of course…” (Carlsberg and Tubourg)? I know there’s more but I decided to focus on the first item that she mentioned, Noma, as it was delivered with such enthusiasm that I even chose it in favour of The Chair (shhh, don’t tell him indoors). Well I love a good meal and I was instantly captivated by the restaurant’s beautifully simple interiors.
Noma’s reputation has reached such dizzying heights, that making a reservation is something which requires some CAP (careful advance planning). A bit like a holiday in fact. So if you’re planning a visit to Copenhagen say, this weekend, your chances of getting a table are (how can I put this?) as remote as Remoteville in St. Beyond-on-Sea. But don’t let that put you off as the restaurant warmly invites guests to place their names on a waiting list in case of last minute cancellations – which it gets on a daily basis. If, on the other hand, you’re planning your trip well in advance – let’s say for March 2012 – then you’re in with a chance. A good chance. Yes, people, it’s really that good and you won’t regret the wait. Make no mistake though, exclusive in this case does not mean highbrow superiority. Not at all. At Noma you have the wonderful sense of diving into Nordic gourmet cuisine at its most innovative and respectful. Passion and honesty, pride and pleasure – basic elements that seem to define the Noma concept.
This is really rather exciting for us here at White Line Hotels, because I think we may have come across yet another fiercely local group of people who are expertly and triumphantly bringing to life the country’s culinary heritage by paying tribute to the rich flavours of the Nordic region. And don’t they do it well?
Visit the website for an enticing view into Noma’s exquisite dining rooms and examples of the menu. Be sure to go see the very comprehensive downloadable wine list, too. You may also purchase the Noma Cookbook via the fabulous Phaidon online store.
When in Copenhagen!
White Line Hotels Edit Avenue Hotel recommends Noma too. If you want more evidence of Avenue Hotel‘s exquisite taste in all things deliciously Copenhagen — and not just the best restaurants — check out more of their insider tips here.
Contributing Writer: Stefanie Soar
All photos by Ditte Isager, courtesy of Noma.
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