Noma was named "Best Restaurant in the World" for three consecutive years by Restaurant Magazine, so obviously, expectations were high. We went as a family in honor of our mother's 60th birthday. Upon arriving at the restaurant, located in the industrial area outside the city centre of Copenhagen, we were greeted immediately by the entire staff before even entering.
The atmosphere was just right: beautiful design and perfect lighting. The staff were all extremely kind, knowledgable, and passionate, taking the time to answer any questions. It must have been a challenge serving 20 dishes and accompanying wines, but they showed no stress whatsoever. We were in for a 20 course surprise dinner -- and a surprise it was.
All ingredients were fresh and local and used for unique cooking techniques and food combinations. At the end of the meal we had the opportunity to tour the production kitchen and the invention kitchen where chefs experiment with new dishes year round. My personal favorite of the 20 dishes was the chestnut with trout roe and the sea urchin and duck skin. Both were total flavor explosions. The wines were all great fits for the dishes served, but I would never order a glass of wine separately as the tastes were very particular. All in all, a once in a lifetime experience I would not want to have missed. Just don't forget to bring a full wallet.