World's Best Restaurant Winner Noma to Shut - and Reopen on an Urban Farm

The restaurant has won world's best title four times in its current waterside location.

Chef Rene Redzepi plans to close Noma, which has won the World's Best Restaurant title four times, and later reopen it on an urban farm nearby in Copenhagen, the New York Times reported.

The final service at the current waterside location will be at the end of 2016. Noma will relocate at an unspecified date in 2017 to the Christiania neighborhood, the newspaper said, citing Redzepi, who said he plans to abandon traditional tasting menus.

Chef Rene Redzepi outside his restaurant Noma in Copenhagen. The Danish chef will visit London next month to promote his book about the restaurant. Photographer: Richard Vines/Bloomberg
Chef Rene Redzepi outside his restaurant Noma in Copenhagen. The Danish chef will visit London next month to promote his book about the restaurant. Photographer: Richard Vines/Bloomberg

Instead of progressing through starters, fish and meat to dessert, diners will be served a set of related dishes reflecting the season. In the spring and summer, Noma will be vegetarian. In in the autumn, it will focus on wild game.

 The restaurant will be situated in the middle of an urban farm that will supply the vegetables for the restaurant, Redzepi told the paper. Before that, Noma will temporarily relocate to Sydney for an Australian residency for 10 weeks from January 2016.

Noma won the World's Best restaurant title from 2010 through 12 and again in 2014. This year, it dropped to third, behind El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain) and Osteria Francescana (Modena Italy).

Redzepi and Noma's managing director, Peter Kreiner, didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter @richardvines

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