The world's best restaurant will close for good in 6 weeks
2017. április 18. írta: világevő

The world's best restaurant will close for good in 6 weeks

Having visited plenty of amazing top restaurants all over the world, I thought the number 1 is Noma in Copenhagen. But now I know it's a jungle restaurant in Mexico.

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It's called Noma Mexico. And it's unbelievable.

I would need a creative team the size and quality of Noma's to adequately express my opinion. The menu is incredibly brave, it's full of high notes and without any boring bits - the guests won't know what hit them! It delivers as the perfect street food place, bringing the best of the raw, spicy, sometimes hot and distinct Mexican kitchen, and at the same time, it gives you the perfect texture, balance, and uniqueness of fine-dining. It has its feet on the terroir but it's not afraid to reach for the stars, either. And I haven't even mentioned the surroundings, this amazingly well-designed, proportionate jungle restaurant, where the sandy ground, the lush greenery, the authentic decoration, the subdued lights and the palm trees serving as roof are an amazing experience in themselves. There are no compromises here and no nuts and bolts. The drink pairings run with the same effortless courage, covering the full range of drinks: natural wines, craft beers, up until the mezcal. With all this, you of course get the perfect service that you have come to expect in Noma, showing a perfect balance of unpretentious and genuine cordiality and politeness. The best experience of my life. Period.  

Preparations in the afternoon:

I have had the honor of trying the full assortment of Noma's Mexican pop-up, a few days after its opening. Here are all the dishes, as well as the incredible restaurant, which Noma's team built out of nothing, right in the middle of the jungle!

Pinuela and tamarind
Pinuela (the fruit of bromelia pinguin, with a tart flavor) and tamarind with coriander flowers

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Melon clam from the Sea of Cortez, beach greens, lime, a squeeze of sour orange

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Melon clam praised by Redzepi as 'the best clam ever'

Salbute (puffed deep fried tortilla) with dried tomatoes and chapulines (grasshoppers, fried)

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Cold masa broth with lime and all flowers of the moment

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Fresh cream and caviar served in a young coconut half.
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Tropical fruit and chile de árbol (tree chili, aka bird's beak chili, small and very potent)

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Banana ceviche in ant juice

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Chaya taco with fresh Bahia Falsa oyster, fermented beef and egg sauce in chaya taco (chaya leaves aka tree spinach, already used by Maya Indians)

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Giant kelp filled with a mussel michelada (a Mexican ‘cerveza preparada’ made of beer with lime juice and assorted spices and sauces)

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 Avocado, squash, greens and sea herbs, tomato and avocado fudge plated on a grilled pumpkin

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Tostada with escamoles (ant eggs)

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Octopus with dzikikpak (sauce made of roasted pumpkin seeds)

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 Young black pig roasted, cerdo pelon (Mexican creole pig), taco made with corn from Yaxunah

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Cilantro, lime, grilled banana and jicama (Mexican turnip) and Mezcal: epazote and green tomatoes

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Rosio's mole with dried scallops and grilled hoja santa

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Dessert of grilled avocado and mamey seeds

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Mixed chili with chocolate ice cream made of cacao from Jaguar. dscf0748.JPG

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