Drop everything. Noma, the Danish restaurant that has held the world-number-one spot four times in the past six years, is coming to Sydney. In January the entire staff will relocate to Australia for 10 weeks, according to an announcement on the restaurant’s website.
Those with a good sense of intuition might have foreseen this. Owner/chef Rene Redzepi has been in the country for several weeks, posting images of sea urchins, abalone and other local produce on Instagram, and travel videos on Facebook.
“Australia has always drawn me in; its great cities, its generous people, and of course its ever-present sun,” he said in the announcement. “But what really boggles my mind is the differences you find in its landscapes and ingredients, because honestly I have never seen anything like it.”
As in Denmark, the chef will bring his ultra-seasonal style to the pop-up, which will draw on these local ingredients. “Our research forays will take us into the bush, around every shoreline, weeding our way through Flinders and Kangaroo Island,” he said.
The pop-up follows Noma's relocation to the Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo earlier this year, which lasted for just over a month.
Noma Barangaroo will open in January. Register for more information at noma.dk/australia.