Goal #7. Dine at Noma (Chef René Redzepi), Copenhagen, Denmark
In 2009, I had the perfect opportunity to try René Redzepi‘s Noma Restaurant, which has been voted as the best restaurant in the world for many consecutive years. I was going to Copenhagen to present a paper at the International Conference on Screenwriting Research. But then I made the biggest culinary mistake so far in my life – I didn’t make my reservation for Noma immediately after I booked my flight. I waited. The restaurant would take reservation up to 3 months ahead. I waited one week too long. When I finally tried to book a table for one (2 months and 3 weeks ahead of time) , it was completely full. Ugh! Lesson learned.
So, what’s the big deal about this place? Take a look at this video of Chef Redzepi showing us how to cook an egg:
While people debate whether culinary art is really “Art”, I do see Redzepi as an artist. Going to Noma would be like going to an art film. I expect it to be challenging and stimulating, and not everyone’s cup of tea. At about 400 euros per person for the full menu + wines, it’s definitely not for everyone. It remains THE restaurant I most want to try. And I hope that when I go, I’ll get to go with people who will truly appreciate the experience. Anyone interested in joining me? 🙂