Copenhagen home to three of world’s best restaurants

Three of the world’s 50 best restaurants can be found in the Danish capital.

Copenhagen home to three of world's best restaurants
Ralæ and chef Christian Puglisi were ranked 40th and won the Sustainable Restaurant Award. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Scanpix
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list was revealed at a ceremony in New York City on Monday evening and little Denmark was well-represented.
Three Copenhagen restaurants made the list, with Noma leading the way. Rene Redzepi’s restaurant was ranked fifth, a fall of two spots from last year’s ranking. Noma has topped the list three times. 
“The Scandi gastronomy movement that has taken hold across the world started at a renovated warehouse in Copenhagen in 2003 when René Redzepi took it upon himself to revive and update Nordic food using contemporary cooking methods,” the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy wrote. “Noma has since gone on to change the way dining rooms operate and put foraging for ingredients firmly in the spotlight.
Denmark’s first-ever three-star Michelin restaurant Geranium came in at number 28 on the list. That marked a huge jump from last year’s 51st place ranking for head chef Rasmus Koefoed and company. 
The academy points out that “Kofoed is the only chef to have ever won bronze, silver and gold at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or cooking competition in France.”
Michelin-starred Copenhagen restaurant Relæ came in at number 40 and was named the winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award for the second time.
“Chef Christian Puglisi and front-of-house head Kim Rossen set up Relæ in 2010 after meeting at Noma,” the academy wrote. “The influence of René Redzepi's restaurant is clear, but Puglisi is not constrained by New Nordic principles, using ingredients from Italy and further afield.
The title of best in the world was given to Osteria Francescana from Modena, Italy, which leapfrogged last year’s victor El Celler de Can Roca from Catalonia, Spain into top spot. 
The only other Nordic restaurant to make the top 50 was Fäviken Magasinet in Järpen, Sweden
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List is compiled by a group of nearly one thousand leading figures in the international restaurant industry.

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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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