Rene Redzepi, the chef of world famous Copenhagen restaurant noma announced that they will be travelling to Mexico to open a pop-up restaurant before they open their new restaurant in Copenhagen.
This will be the third consecutive year that the full team of noma travel to a different country and open a restaurant there. After the success of the pop-up restaurants in Japan and Australia, Redzepi said that the Mexico location was a very special one for him.
“I consider it to be my adopted home, one filled with almost a decade of cherished memories from vacations with my family. The place that I dream about. Home to one of the most exciting cuisines I have ever tasted: as old as time and yet so relevant. Full of ingredients I never knew existed. This cooking inspires the team and I constantly here in Copenhagen. It is safe to say that there is already a touch of influence from Mexico in the food at noma,” he wrote on the restaurant website.
2017 will see an addition to their residency. This time, an addition to their residency will be their friend and former sous chef at noma, Rosio Sanchez together with her taqueria Hija de Sanchez. “The creativity of the menu will be a joint endeavor. As one of the most talented chefs we know, and with Mexican roots herself, she will be a great guide for us as we delve into this culture and learn from it.”
“For the last 6 months, Rosio, a small team and I have been traveling all throughout the country from Merida to Ensenada, from Oaxaca to Guadalajara, and everywhere in between. We searched to find that special chile, to understand the seafood, to taste just a few of the infinite variations of mole, and to find inspiration in the vast and wonderful culture. We encountered some of the most kind and hospitable people to be found anywhere in the world. These were once in a lifetime experiences, which we will transform into a series of dishes and ultimately our menu at our restaurant in Mexico.”
“The outdoor open-air restaurant will sit nestled between the jungle and the Caribbean Sea in Tulum. Exposed to the climate, it will be hot, steaming and unpredictable. Billowing smoke and the orange glow of flames will define us as all cooking will take place over the fire. It will be wild like the Mexican landscape as we share our interpretation of the tastes from one of the most beautiful countries we’ve come to know.”
The restaurant will be open for dinner five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday from 12 April to 28 May, 2017. The menu will cost $US600 per person plus tax (16%) and service (9%) and will include the menu, beverage pairing, water and tea/coffee.
Bookings for Noma Mexico will open on Tuesday, 6 December 2016 at 10am (EST) and will be available via noma’s website at //mexico.
2017 is a special year for noma because they will be closing the restaurant and moving to a new location. The timeframe has not been set though he said that the last drawings of the restaurant are being finished up and planning is well underway.