Video: Noma Kyoto $1000 Japan Pop-up by René Redzepi

After years of pandemic delays, Noma’s next pop-up finally took place – in Kyoto, Japan. René Redzepi and his team flew from Copenhagen to Japan for a three-month residency at the Ace Hotel in Kyoto. They transformed one of the hotel’s restaurant spaces into a zen garden-like dining room. The food was neither purely Nordic nor Japanese; the menu highlighted the ingredients of spring in Japan, with an obvious Noma thumbprint. Noma Kyoto exceeded expectations and was well worth the journey to Japan. Watch the video to see the full meal.

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A beautiful noren (Japanese door curtain) welcomes you to Noma Kyoto.
A beautiful noren (Japanese door curtain) welcomes you to Noma Kyoto.
Noma transformed one of the restaurants at the Ace Hotel Kyoto into their pop-up.
Noma transformed one of the restaurants at the Ace Hotel Kyoto into their pop-up.
René Redzepi talked about the fantastic produce of Japan.
René Redzepi talked about the fantastic produce of Japan.
A welcome sake from Nichi Nichi – Our Rice Field.
A welcome sake from Nichi Nichi – Our Rice Field.
The first few bites arrives at once, a kaiseki-inspired welcome of seasonal ingredients.
The first few bites arrives at once, a kaiseki-inspired welcome of seasonal ingredients.
Seaweed saison with bergamot. 2023 Umi Yama – Yorocco Beer x Noma.
Seaweed saison with bergamot. 2023 Umi Yama – Yorocco Beer x Noma.
Seaweed shabu shabu.
Seaweed shabu shabu.
2019 Chardonnay – Beau Paysage.
2019 Chardonnay – Beau Paysage.
Cuttlefish with whisky vinegar.
Cuttlefish with whisky vinegar.
Melon & kiwi juice.
Melon & kiwi juice.
Miso flatbread with raw shrimp, peach tree sap, and ants.
Miso flatbread with raw shrimp, peach tree sap, and ants.
2023 Starbursts – Kumezakura.
2023 Starbursts – Kumezakura.
Young bamboo in corn & squid broth.
Young bamboo in corn & squid broth.
Fatty swordfish belly topped with Rossini caviar, served in a kombu butter sauce.
Fatty swordfish belly topped with Rossini caviar, served in a kombu butter sauce.
Tofu of green soy milk with nasturtium flowers, almonds, mushroom oil, and kelp salt.
Tofu of green soy milk with nasturtium flowers, almonds, mushroom oil, and kelp salt.
Kinki with an egg yolk glace.
Kinki with an egg yolk glace.
2021 Dom Gris – Domaine Mont.
2021 Dom Gris – Domaine Mont.
Kinki head cured in miso, roasted over charcoal, and topped with seaweed salt.
Kinki head cured in miso, roasted over charcoal, and topped with seaweed salt.
BBQ lotus root with clam béarnaise.
BBQ lotus root with clam béarnaise.
2023 Mori no Uta – Terada Honke x Noma.
2023 Mori no Uta – Terada Honke x Noma.
Seasonal mountain vegetables with a vinaigrette of lobster brain and wild boar fat.
Seasonal mountain vegetables with a vinaigrette of lobster brain and wild boar fat.
Jasmine tea & amazake juice.
Jasmine tea & amazake juice.
Lobster tail with a paste made from the leaves of the sancho pepper and sudachi trees.
Lobster tail with a paste made from the leaves of the sancho pepper and sudachi trees.
2020 Kaze – 10R Winery.
2020 Kaze – 10R Winery.
Strips of barbecued wild boar belly.
Strips of barbecued wild boar belly.
Tomato & smoked corn juice.
Tomato & smoked corn juice.
Green rice bowl with roses and lobster.
Green rice bowl with roses and lobster.
Buntan & plum juice.
Buntan & plum juice.
Yuzu, sake, and plum kernel sorbet.
Yuzu, sake, and plum kernel sorbet.
2022 Citrus Mix – Masanobu Fukuoka Farm.
2022 Citrus Mix – Masanobu Fukuoka Farm.
Strawberry, mochi & cardamom toffee, sweet potato from Okinawa, and egg fruit custard topped with amazake.
Strawberry, mochi & cardamom toffee, sweet potato from Okinawa, and egg fruit custard topped with amazake.

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