Copenhagen’s Noma loses ‘world’s best’ title

René Redzepi and company had to settle for the title of the world's third best restaurant, while four other Copenhagen eateries made the top 100.

Copenhagen's Noma loses 'world's best' title
Rene Redzepi at Noma at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, where he moved his fabled restaurant for five weeks earlier this year. Photo: Yuya Shino/Scanpix
After taking the top spot for three of the past four years, Copenhagen’s Noma was knocked off its perch as the best restaurant in the world on Monday night. 
At the announcement of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in London, René Redzepi and the Noma team took third place, behind Italy’s Osteria Frannescana in second and the best restaurant in the world for 2015, El Celler de Can Roca of Spain.

Redzepi quickly took to Twitter to congratulate the winners. 

In addition to claiming the top spot last year, Noma also held the world’s best title for three straight years between 2010 and 2012. 
Even without the title of the world's best restaurant however, Copenhagen is still well represented in the World's 50 Best Restaurant list. 
Relæ was named the 45th best restaurant on Monday, while two other entries from the Danish capital were given their due prior to the London ceremony when numbers 51-100 were announced. Taking the number 51 spot was Geranium, which fell from number 42 in 2014. Copenhagen restaurant Amass meanwhile made its debut on the list, coming in at number 66. 
This marked the 13th year for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which is run by British media company William Reed, and criticism has focused on the methodology used to select the best restaurants.
The jury is made up of 972 “independent experts” including food writers, chefs, restaurant owners and gourmets in 27 regions.
Jury members choose their seven favourite restaurants where they have eaten in the past 18 months.
Critics say the system is open to abuse since the jury do not have to offer physical evidence of having actually visited any particular restaurant.
Yet organisers hired the Deloitte consultancy firm to oversee the voting, and say jury members cannot vote on restaurants in which they have an interest.
The organizations announced that next year’s list would be revealed in New York, marking the first time that the awards will be given outside of London. 

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Danish Michelin restaurant Noma to open burger bar after pop-up success

Two-starred Michelin restaurant Noma is to open a burger bar in Copenhagen's Christianshavn neighbourhood.

Danish Michelin restaurant Noma to open burger bar after pop-up success
The team at Noma's new burger bar counterpart, Popl. Photo: Popl

The famous Danish restaurant ran a pop-up burger bar earlier this year, after its normal operations were closed down due to coronavirus restrictions. The concept was popular and is now returning for good.

The burger bar, Popl, is pitched as a burger restaurant with a simple menu, inspired by Noma’s pop-up from the summer. The name comes from the Latin, populus, meaning people.

The restaurant’s owner, René Redzepi, told newspaper Politiken that the initial expectation of 300 customers per day for the pop-up burger bar was increased to 1,200 at the last moment.

“We realised how fantastic it was to make something for everyone,” Redzepi said.

The permanent restaurant will have seating as well as offer takeaway, with meat, vegetarian and vegan offerings on the menu.

“Fine dining and Michelin felt a bit dated and wrong once we were able to re-open [after coronavirus lockdown, ed.]. We wanted to make something for everyone. And what does everyone like? Burgers,” the head chef and restaurant owner told Politiken.

The new restaurant will be located at Strandgade 108, the former home of Restaurant 108, which closed this year. It will be staffed by “Noma veterans (from) both front and back of house,” the new restaurant said in a press release.

“This year we have faced some of the biggest challenges ever in our seventeen years of operating Noma, dealing with the effects of the pandemic both at the restaurant and sadly the resulting closure of Restaurant 108, but it also came with a few major highlights. Above all, our summer burger season, when our doors were open for everyone to stop by,” Popl’s statement also read.

The new burger bar is scheduled to open on December 3rd.

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