noma is this year’s No. 1 restaurant in the world
With the takeover of first place after Mirazur, noma has risen from No. 2 in 2019, where it was named Highest New Entry on the list and is now ranked No. 1 best restaurant in the world. It is joined in the top three by fellow Copenhagen based Geranium ranked No. 2, and Asador Etxebarri ranked No. 3 in Atxondo, Spain.
noma’s accolade is a testament to Chef Redzepi and his team’s unerring focus on unusual seasonal ingredients – the menu is strictly seasonal, divided into three phases: seafood in the winter, vegetable in the summer, and game and forest in the autumn – foraged locally and brought to life in creative and complex ways on the plate. This new iteration of noma (sometimes referred to as noma 2.0) is eligible for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list due to three key changes from the original restaurant: its location, concept and ownership. As such, it is considered a new restaurant. The previous version of noma topped the 50 Best lists on four occasions; in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, states: “noma has arguably been the most influential restaurants of its generation, setting new standards in terms of research and ingredient sourcing, dish development and presentation. It has become one of the most sought-after dining destinations by consumers from all over the world and we are delighted to announce it as this year’s No.1. It is also wonderful to see eight new restaurants making their debut as well as two re-entries after one of the most challenging periods the sector has seen. It has been an honour to witness the resilience and community spirit of so many restaurants on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and beyond.”
The world has a new culinary capital
Besides noma and Geranium, two other Copenhagen based restaurants are listed amongst the 51-100 best restaurants in the world. These count Amass ranked No. 89 and Alchemist being a New Entry on the list ranked No. 58.