Want to eat at Noma Australia? Here's what you need to know
January to April 2016
Bookings open next week for the two Michelin starred restaurant's residency at Barangaroo, Sydney
And it looks like they'll manage to avoid the dramas that plagued The Fat Duck's Melbourne launch. At 10am on Friday October 30, bookings will open via noma.dk/australia, with reservations for all tables to be made available simultaneously in the interests of fairness.
Of course, what everyone really wants to know is just how much the Noma experience (sans the Copenhagen setting) is going to set you back: $485 per person, plus 1.65% CC fee. What does that get you? No-one really knows. "The menu development is looking really good," says René Redzepi. "Between our sommeliers and kitchen staff we've already been on six research trips to Australia over the past ten months. In December, we'll move the entire creative team to Sydney so they can spend time putting together a menu that best showcases what we've found on our trips."
So far, Redzepi and his team have foraged native fruits in South Australia, seaweed in Tasmania and seafood in Victoria and Queensland, as well as sampling Australian wine for the drinks list. Noma Australia opens its doors for 10 weeks from January 26 until April 2, serving lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Bookings can be made for tables of two, four, six and eight - head to noma.dk/australia to try your luck.
Find out more in our original story below:
Who's bigger than Heston Blumenthal? René Redzepi. And where's he headed? Sydney. For 10 weeks from January 2016, the internationally acclaimed chef will relocate his legendary restaurant, Noma, from Copenhagen to our harbour foreshore, taking up residency in Barangaroo's waterfront dining precinct.
"I have always been attracted to the incredible diversity you find in Australia's landscapes and ingredients, because they are like no other place I've seen before," Redzepi said. "Australia combines strong influences from its Indigenous people with new communities from around the world. When you mix it all together, the result is something truly inspiring. It really is the perfect place to come and learn."
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Redzepi is the man who made foraging a worldwide food trend - he famously dishes up ants in his Copenhagen headquarters - with plates designed to look and sometimes taste like a forest floor. Noma has won world's best restaurant a staggering four times (in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and commands a minimum three month wait list. It's only travelled twice so far - to London in 2012 and Tokyo last year, where it quickly gained a 60,000-strong waiting list.
Tourism Australia and Lendlease (the developers behind Barangaroo) made the big announcement today. Noma Australia will open for lunch and dinner five days a week when it opens in January, with bookings opening later this year. Salivating already? Register your interest at noma.dk/australia.
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