Noma’s Under the Bridge

Guest post by Lindsay Ligon, a Foster student studying Supply Chain who participated in the Foster exchange at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. 

 

During the first week of my stay here in Copenhagen, I was lucky enough to get tickets to a popup dining experience by the world-famous Copenhagen restaurant, Noma. The popup was called “Under the Bridge” (because, as it turns out, the makeshift restaurant was literally under a bridge), and tickets were not cheap. However, they were significantly cheaper than a meal at the real Noma, which costs over $350—although there is a new student discount that’ll get you in for about $160.

The price, although high, is due to the fact that Noma is a two-Michelin-star restaurant that has been ranked as the best restaurant in the world four times by Restaurant magazine. And beyond the rankings, the food and the experience were well worth the price!

During its two-month duration in September and October, Under the Bridge had two seatings every night, one at 5:30 and one at 8:30 pm. The prix fixe menu, which included five courses with wine pairings, would be served over a time span of about two and a half hours. The meal was served in a large tent that the staff had set up under a bridge in central Copenhagen, with a large table inside where guests were sat family-style.

I chose the vegetarian option and the menu included a courgette soup, squash blossom tacos, salad with edible flowers, new potatoes in adobo sauce, celeriac root, cheese and blueberry dessert, and a lemon tart. Typically, I follow a strict vegan diet but decided to make an exception for this dinner.

Noma’s focus is on real, sustainable New Nordic cuisine. Although the menu at Noma’s actual restaurant tends not to deviate from head chef René Redzepi’s choices, the popup was an opportunity for the other Noma chefs to be more creative and try new dishes. My friends and I all agree that this was one of the absolute best meals we’ve ever had!