Foodies rejoice! Noma is coming.
Fans of fine dining will be salivating over the news that the restaurant consistently ranked as the world’s best will be in operation on Sydney Harbour this summer.
Noma’s head chef Rene Redzepi plans to up sticks and move his award-winning restaurant from Copenhagen to the new Barangaroo harbourside precinct this summer, opening in January 2016 for ten weeks.
Famed for its Nordic cuisine, Noma has been crowned Restaurant of the Year by Restaurant magazine four times over and is a two-starred Michelin institution.
The Australian move follows the restaurant’s relocation to Japan last year where it experienced a sell-out five-week season and reservation waiting lists which reportedly ran to more than 60,000 names.
“We want to travel like this one final time and lately I’ve been dreaming of Australia,” wrote Redzepi in a blogpost on the restaurant’s website.
He also expressed his fascination and desire to explore the Australian culinary landscape and stated that he would leave “the ingredients behind in Copenhagen” and source from local producers and farmers.
“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,” he said in a statement on Monday.
Securing the Noma move is a massive coup for Tourism Australia and Barangaroo retail operators LendLease.
The national tourism body has been selling Australia as a food and wine destination in its `Restaurant Australia’ campaign which aims to highlight the fresh and alfresco nature of the local dining scene.
“With one of the world’s top ranked restaurants about to open in Sydney, I’d say our country’s culinary standing has never been higher,” said Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan.
A brand new menu based on local produce will be on offer at the restaurant which will serve lunch and dinner five days a week.
Prices for the Sydney Noma are yet to be determined but a dining experience at the Copenhagen institution currently costs $343, with paired wines an additional $222.
Bookings for the Sydney pop-up will open later this year.