Rene Redzepi’s daringly innovative Danish restaurant Noma has reclaimed the title of world’s top restaurant.
Noma which has a meticulous focus on simple, indigenous ingredients such as snails, moss and cod liver held the No. 1 spot on Restaurant magazine’s annual ranking of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for three years before being bested in 2013 by avant-garde eatery El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. During a ceremony Monday in London, Noma reclaimed the top spot while El Celler fell to No. 2.
Located on Copenhagen’s waterfront, Noma’s menu is almost obsessively defined by the Nordic landscape. Ingredients often are foraged nearby and the meals at the restaurant, which seats 45 and holds two Michelin stars, are meant to viscerally connect diners to the land and sea. The restaurant opened in 2004 and gets thousands of reservation requests a day.
El Celler, which has been run by brothers Josep, Jordi and Joan Roca since 1986, also was ranked No. 2 in 2011 and 2012. The restaurant is known for blending traditional ingredients and innovative cooking techniques.
In third place is Modena, Italy’s Osteria Francescana, the same rank it held last year. The restaurant has placed in the top 10 restaurants since 2010. — AP
The restaurant, which placed 2nd last year, is known for dishing up Nordic cuisine