You can now enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the World’s #1 restaurant according to San Pellegrino, a pop up of the famous danish restaurant Noma in Tokyo.
It all started in 2008 for René Redzepi, the Danish chef and owner of Noma. “I went to Kyoto for the first time at the invitation of chef Yoshihiro Murata – who is the equivalent of Bocuse in Japan – because he had been to Noma a few times and probably realised that I hadn’t a clue about Japanese food,” Redzepi recounts, “so he wanted to introduce me to it.” Redzepi worked for a week in Murata’s restaurant and at Nakamura and Hyotei, two other Michelin three-star restaurants in Kyoto.
Redzepi was captivated by Japanese cuisine, especially the formal, multicourse kaiseki meal, the origins of which lie in the tea ceremony and its strong links to Zen Buddhism. “The idea was to ensure that the bourgeoisie had full bellies before drinking pretty sturdy cups of tea,” he notes. “It’s a unique dining experience in a private home, which looks nondescript on the outside, then you go through to a perfectly tended Japanese garden.
According to the Mandarin Oriental management, the Noma pop up restaurant in Tokyo will be extended for two more weeks due to overwhelming demand. If you are in Tokyo or plan to travel there during January and February, the world’s #1 restaurant will be open from 9 January to 14 February 2015 except for Sundays.
You can now book the “Noma package”, an opportunity to enjoy a luxurious hotel in Tokyo and to boast that you visited Noma’s pop up in Japan.