Michelin stars return to re-opened Copenhagen restaurant

Copenhagen restaurant Noma received two Michelin stars on Monday evening, regaining its prestigious rating after opening again in 2018 following relocation.

Michelin stars return to re-opened Copenhagen restaurant
Photo: Mikkel Berg Pedersen/Ritzau Scanpix

Monday evening saw stars handed out for this year’s Michelin guide to the Nordic countries at an awards event in Aarhus.

Noma’s director Peter Kreiner said he was glad to see the restaurant’s previous Michelin status returned.

“We have built a new restaurant, so it’s lovely to be back with two stars. We are happy and proud,” Kreiner said.

“This means that we’re not the only ones who think what we do is good. So do professional people who come and judge us. And it really means a lot to us that they have come and made this assessment,” he said.

The internationally-renowned restaurant opened at a new location near Refshaleøen in Copenhagen in 2018, with a new dining concept introduced. Its two stars show it is considered to be of the same high standard as before the temporary closure.

Although speculation had suggested Noma could be awarded three stars, Kreiner denied he was disappointed.

“I would like to have three, but I’m also very happy to have two. It is a huge recognition to be given two stars,” he said.

Twenty-eight restaurants in Denmark and the Faroe Islands were awarded a total of 35 Michelin stars in the latest guide, an increase by two restaurants and four stars compared to last year.

Copenhagen's Alouette was one of the new restaurants to be included on the list, while Henne Kirkeby Kro and AOC both retained two stars. Geranium remains the only restaurant with three Michelin stars.

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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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