It looks like the world’s best restaurant has caught the traveling bug. After spending a highly regarded couple of months in Japan earlier this year, Rene Redzepi’s famous restaurant moved back to Copenhagen, but it looks like it won’t be staying still for long, because last night on Facebook Redzepi announced that Noma would be packing it up and taking the show on the road again, and this time it will be going to Australia.
“Last year I had the greatest learning experience of my life,” Redzepi said in an announcement on the Noma website. “By moving our restaurant to Tokyo we opened ourselves to a new library of taste, an awe-inspiring culinary tradition both ancient and diverse. The immersion into Japanese culture challenged us to understand a new set of ingredients, develop new mindsets, and explore new possibilities. We came back to Copenhagen more lifted than ever: with bags of energy and inspiration, and many new friends. We want to travel like this one final time… and lately I’ve been dreaming of Australia.”
The next Noma location will be in Barangaroo, Sydney, and once again all the staff and their families will go along. Redzepi has been teasing this announcement for a few weeks by posting updates to his Facebook page that include photos of Australian ingredients like blood limes and emu eggs.
“Since my first trip to Australia several years ago I’ve been wanting to spend more time there— exploring, tasting, and understanding its ingredients,” Redzepi said. “From the tropical fruit in the north, to the native pepper leaf of Tasmania; the pristine fish and shellfish of the very south, and all the new exotic wonders in between. Our research forays will take us into the bush, around every shoreline, weeding our way through Flinders and Kangaroo Island.”
The new Noma is expected to open in Sydney in January, 2016, and will remain open for 10 weeks.