Let’s cut the part how much I’ve wanted to visit Noma and for how long! Until one day two very special people decided to make a surprise – my little sis’ and my man. And there I was packing a one night bag and getting on the plane to Copenhagen. My little sis shares the passion for exploring new tastes. Needless to say – it does bring us to places we least expect to end up at. So there we were – the two of us getting ready to FINALLY get there.
I was so excited I couldn’t hold it in! I knew it was game and forest season and yet I thought I may even try something meaty after all those years eating pescatarian. However my lovely companion made sure I’d be served accordingly.
Now before I start getting into more detail about this amazing tasting journey I would like to make a statement. To me Noma is not the place where one goes to eat! It’s a place where the taste buds experience true magic of all five senses. Who knows – maybe I have come one step closer to finally nailing down what Umami is really about (I do have a slight idea by now. I think…). [Umami (/uˈmɑːmi/, from Japanese: うま味) or savory taste is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It has been described as savory and is characteristic of broths and cooked meats. (courtesy of Wikipedia)].
From the very first moment we entered the green house, waiting for the rest of our shared table party to arrive, enjoying a cup of tea with pear schnapps, I knew we were definitely in for the night to remember. From the moment you manage to get a table or a seat at a shared table and get yourself to the doorstep of Noma – the rest is taken care of for you in a way you may have dreamed of and yet the level of service was so amazing I could not help but wonder and enjoy. I do sincerely think Rene and his team are an amazing reference for so many chefs out there – who may be super talented in the kitchen yet with their talents being overshadowed with egos and endless desire to flaunt themselves.
Noma team presented us with 21 dishes on the taste menu. We hit the game and forest season (one of the three), which runs from early fall through the end of the year. With my pescatarian choice, some of the dishes were substituted from the seafood menu. Let me tell you – I had the best menu choice one could ask for!
The photos bellow (taken with a phone) is just a bleak reflection of what we tasted. Starting with mushroom broth under a bed of moss, which was beyond heavenly not only in its taste but also in the sensation of sipping it through the moss and sensing the forest, to pop of acidity from ants, deep fried flowers, to reindeer moss.
My sis did the wine pairing, I went with the juice pairing choice and I think both were content to the fullest.
It would not be fair to say I fell in love with every single bite in terms of taste – you can’t please everyone’s pallet every singly time… But I was truly blown away by every dish in terms of creativity, combination of ingredients and the thoughts and long hours put in experimenting to really nail it down and to wow the guests.
Towards the end of the night I guess I did feel a bit tired from all the impressions and all the sighs. I left full… Of food, astonishment and happiness of finally getting there.
Worth the trip? Definitely! Is it for anyone? Don’t think so. If you truly value what nature has to offer and cherish and appreciate all of it – you will definitely enjoy it!
Bon voyage and bon appetit!