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World's best restaurant shutting down, moving to Tokyo early next year

Noma, ranked number one on San Pellegrino's list of The World's 50 Best Restaurants, announced today that it is closing its doors early next year.

Chef René Redzepi masterfully combines art, seasonality, flavor, and texture in each and every dish.
Published with permission of Noma
Chefs hard at work inside Noma's kitchen in Copenhagen
Published with permission of Noma

But only temporarily. Chef René Redzepi will be moving his entire crew to Tokyo's Mandarin Oriental hotel, where they will be taking over one of the hotel's ten restaurants, the Michelin-starred Signature, from January 9 through January 31, and accommodating up to 50 guests for lunch and dinner every day. So jet-set gourmands and fans of destination restaurants can relax: Noma isn't going the way of elBulli anytime soon.

Diners shouldn't necessarily expect a complete transplantation of Noma's menu to its new space, however. "Although our entire staff will move to Tokyo, we'll leave our ingredients at home. Rather we'll bring our mindset and sensibilities to the best of pristine winter produce from all over Japan," says Redzepi on Noma's website. Redzepi, after all, is known for creating dishes around ingredients he finds while foraging, and it would probably not be surprising to find him attempting the same in Japan. The menu, then, will evolve as the season progresses.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome chef Redzepi and his talented colleagues who will make Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo their home in January 2015," says Anthony Costa, general manager. "It is a great honor and a unique opportunity to introduce the number one ranked restaurant in the world to the culinary delights of Japan."

Reservations for lunch and dinner will be available online on June 23 of this year. Lunch bookings can be arranged through Noma's website and will run for 39,000 yen. Dinner is only available as part of an accommodation package priced at 149,000 yen, which will include a one-night stay in a Mandarin Grand Room and breakfast the following morning. Reservations for the dinner package will be available through Mandarin Oriental's website. There will be a waiting list available.