We arrived to Noma with high expectations since this restaurant has been chosen as the best restaurant in the world three times in a row. The service was excellent so as an experience it was great though it was mostly for the love of good food that we went to Noma.
The food was of different quality. No doubt that the ingredients and work behind the dishes was of high quality but there was a big difference in taste. Some dishes was so tasty and good while others almost didn't taste anything (e.g. the malt flatbread and juniper). The presentation of the food was also very different as the appetizers was presented in an innovated style while the "main courses" weren't so much. It also struck me the no dish was served warm. There were two dishes that were served lukewarm but not more than that. Since all the chefs were the ones serving and presenting the food to us it felt that no one was actually cooking the food, that it was all prepared in advance and just handed out to the guests. Of course I understand and are aware of that this kind of food and dishes needs to be prepared in advance since it contains so many steps to make but still, I didn't get the feeling of being served a piece of personal and newly made "handcraft" that I also think food is about.
All the dishes felt like they were very innovative, either in the presentation, taste or combination of ingredients but at times I also thought it was too complexed. Simple tastes can also be difficult to get "right". If you are a food critic or have exquisite taste buds you probably appreciate and like the food and combinations more than I did but I guess that most of Noma's customers are the same type of guests that we were, "ordinary people" who like and appreciate good food but are no experts in the subject - we can feel the difference between good and high quality wines but we are no sommeliers.
Overall, I think the appetizers were better than the main dishes, both in presentation and taste. I am happy that I have experienced Noma but with my taste buds and previous experiences from other Michelin starred restaurants I would say that Noma is Excellent but not The Best.
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