Noma and the best meal of my life
I have to start by saying: Friday night was one of the best evenings of my life! Andy and I were lucky enough to have dinner reservations at noma, and I had been looking forward to it for months and months, even years. I had been saving for it for a while since it costs a small fortune to go all out in a place like that, but it was definitely worth the buttload of money dinner cost.
We decided to go with the 12 course dinner with wine pairings, but before this beautiful parade even started, noma completely won me over by serving about 9 amazing small snacks, that were just little bites of goodness. I won’t go into detail about all the dishes, since there were so many of them (and because my memory sucks) but if you are interested in reading a more detailed description of a full noma meal please click here to see and read about Trine Lai’s last visit. Her pictures are amazing and she does a great job of presenting the dishes.
All the 9 small snacks were absolutely perfect, and my head was spinning with joy all the way through both because of the aesthetic beauty of the dishes, and the deliciousness. The smoked and pickled quails eggs were as good as I had imagined, and so were the baby veggies in soil and the live fjord shrimp. An interesting one was the batter-balls above; æbleskiver filled with pickled cucumber, Finnish sardines, dusted with vinegar powder. While all these beauiful dishes arrived, we enjoyed a glass (or two) of champagne. It was the perfect start to a meal!
Then, after snacking for a while, the actual dinner started. One perfect dish after another was brought to our table by the nicest waiters and chefs. Actually all through the evening I had to say things like wow she is just soo nice to Andy, because I was so won over by the service. On top of this, all of the wine matches (all wines from Loire) were spot on. The dish above is tartar, wood sorrel, juniper and tarragon. We were encouraged to eat it with our fingers, and that really enhanced the experience of this delicous dish.
We also ate this perfectly cooked langustine with our fingers, and by this time both Andy and I were nearing heaven, being slightly woozy and having all our senses pampered over a number of hours. Darkness fell, and the dishes kept coming and they kept impressing us until the very last one. The picture below is of the finished plate of the most perfectly cooked deer I have ever come across, served with beets and several kinds of red berries.
I had been worried before our visit that I wouldn’t be able to eat all 12 dishes, plus a number of snack dishes, but it didn’t take me long to realize that noma would never do such a thing to me. The size of the meal could’t have been better, both for Andy and me, and I felt full without being stuffed when we biked home around midnight, after having enjoyed over 5 hours of amazing eating and drinking. Everything from the perfect temperature in the restaurant to the comfy chairs was extremely well thought through, and it gave me the feeling of being in the most delicious and pleasant bubble all night through.
All in all, this meal was the best one of my 25 years of life, and that’s all there is to it! I think my new motto will be: Go to noma, go to heaven.
Note: Many people have been interested to know the price of this fantastic meal for two at noma. Well it wasn’t cheap, but well worth the 5500 dkk (including a tip) it cost us.