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Noma Serves Live Ants in $306 Lunch at Claridge’s

The live ants served by chef Rene Redzepi with creme fraiche were the stars of the show when Noma -- voted World’s Best Restaurant for three years in a row -- reinvented itself as a pop-up at Claridge’s over the weekend.

It’s disconcerting to watch the main ingredient making its way across a cabbage leaf as you prepare to pop it into your mouth. Claridge’s says the ants are chilled, so anesthetized; I’m not so sure about the suggestion that the 22,000 who have traveled here from Denmark stay in a suite at the London hotel, which has many guests for the Olympics.