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Noma Game & Forest Menu

Noma Sign in Copenhagen
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Dining at Noma was a dream that came true mere hours after we arrived in Copenhagen.

It’s not every day that we dine at a 3-star Michelin restaurant that’s also the reigning Best Restaurant in the World. It’s also not every day that we eat food like reindeer penis and duck brain cooked by a world-class chef and his many minions.

Noma has announced that it will be closing its restaurant operations at the end of 2024. Consider yourself warned.

Antler Path at Noma
The path to Noma showcases local vegetation and the occasional sunflower. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Our journey to Chef René Redzepi’s restaurant started in 2012 when we launched this website. Little did we know that we’d eventually travel the world for three years before living in Europe.

We also didn’t know that we’d be thrilled at the opportunity to spend more than $1,000 for dinner featuring a range of eclectic meats and Nordic fruits of the forest. We learned some hard lessons in 2020 but we’ll always consider 2021 to be our payback year, culminating with our meal at Noma.

Get all the details about our Noma dinner from start to end.

Our 2021 Game & Forest Dinner At Noma In Photos

Bear Caramel at Noma
Bear caramel was one of many sweet surprises during our dinner at Noma. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Writing about our dinner at Noma is one thing but, as the expression goes, pictures speak louder than words. So, for once, we’ll let our photos tell the story.

Course 1 – Reindeer Brain Custard

Reindeer Brain Custard at Noma in Copenhagen
Served inside a reindeer skull, this reindeer brain custard was topped with pheasant broth and braised seaweed bits. Its rich flavor was reminiscent of marrow. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 2 – Hipberry Stuffed With Pollen + Plum

Hipberry Stuffed with Pollen at Noma
Served atop moss, this Hipberry was filled with pollen and tasted like apricot. | Image: ©2foodtrippers
Plum at Noma
Not your average plum, this one was dried and filled with herbs. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 3 – Pickled Quail Egg + Oregano Salad

Pickled Quail Egg at Noma
This quail egg was gently pickled with seaweed. | Image: ©2foodtrippers
Oregano Sandwich at Noma in Copenhagen
Made with Mexican oregano grown onsite and local mushrooms notable for their deep umami flavor, this oregano sandwich was simultaneously smoky, salty and sweet. Its flavor lingered well after our final bites. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 4 – Wild Boar Speck And Chestnut Paste + Grilled Mushrooms

Wild Boar Speck and Chestnut Paste at Noma
Quince added the final touch to this wild boar belly fermented in garlic. | Image: ©2foodtrippers
Grilled Mushrooms at Noma
These mushrooms were locally foraged and barbecued on the grill. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 5 – Apple Salad

Apple Salad at Noma
This apple was filled with apple salad, aromatics and elderberry kombucha broth. We used the spoon to scoop up every perfectly brunoised apple cube as well as the delightful broth. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 6 – Yellow Beet Sashimi

Yellow Beet Sashimi at Noma in Copenghagen
Yellow beet sashimi didn’t just cover cloudberries and plum. It was also the most artfully plated course of the meal. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 7 – Reindeer Penis Ragout

Reindeer Penis Ragout at Noma
Served on a leaf, this ragout included various bits including reindeer brain and reindeer penis. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 8 – Pumpkin In Koji Butter

Pumpkin in Koji Butter at Noma in Copenhagen
Served over a sauce of tomato water and barley butter, this soft pumpkin wrapped inside a pumpkin leaf reminded Daryl of foie gras. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 9 – Bear Dumpling

Bear Dumpling at Noma in Copenhagen
This dumpling filled with bear stock and fried in bear stock was ‘beary’ tasty. A crispy duck skin wafer and bear caramel served on a spoon completed the course. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 10 – Duck Brain

Duck Brain at Noma in Copenhagen
The first duck course was the most controversial of the meal and not because of the spoonable duck brain served in a duck bill. Daryl appreciated all aspects of the dish while Mindi found the fried duck leg’s 16 spice blend to have a strangely unpleasant flavor. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 11 – Whole Cooked Wild Duck

Whole Cooked Wild Duck at Noma in Copenhagen
We both agreed that the second duck course was excellent. Aged for four days and barbecued, this wild duck was served with sauce made with mushrooms, truffle and seaweed. The chestnut flatbread was equally impressive. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 12 – Mushroom Broth With Sumac

Mushroom Broth with Sumac at Noma in Copenhagen
The last savory course, a broth teeming with mushrooms and berries, was a showstopper thanks to the vivid red sumac that doubled as a spoon. We dipped the sumac into the broth, sucking it again and again until the broth was gone. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 13 – Buttermilk And Scoby

Buttermilk and Scoby at Noma
Buttermilk parfait with scobi jelly commenced the dessert phase of our meal. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 14 – Saffron Ice Cream With Poppy Seeds

Saffron Ice Cream with Poppy Seeds at Noma in Copenhagen
Dessert got real with this beeswax bowl filled with saffron ice cream and Mexican chocolate. Poppy seeds and licorice provided the final touches. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Course 15 – Reindeer Marrow Caramel

Reindeer Marrow Caramel Dessert at Noma in Copenhagen
Reindeer marrow caramel, plated in a narrow bone along with freeze dried blueberries and colorful flowers, completed our epic meal’s full circle. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Wine -2015 La Reine Chardonnay

Noma Wine with Jura Wine
This bottle of 2015 La Reine Chardonnay from France was the perfect complement to every course though we paired glasses of Christian Tschida’s spicy red Balsamia with the meal’s more robust meat courses. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Noma is located at Refshalevej 96, 1432 København K, Denmark.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Noma really the best restaurant in the world?

Yes. Noma was awarded the top spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2021. As a past winner, Noma is no longer eligible for the award based on current rules.

What’s the best way to secure a reservation at Noma?

Noma has an online reservation system; however, each season sells out almost immediately. Unless you get lucky and score a reservation, the best option is to add your name to the restaurant’s online waiting list.

How can I get advance notice before Noma reservations open each season?

Head to Noma’s website and subscribe to the Noma newsletter.

How much does dinner at Noma cost?

Noma’s 2023 prices are DKK 3,950 for the set menu, DKK 2,000 for a wine pairing and DKK 1,500 for a juice pairing. These prices currently convert to $590, $300 and $225 respectively. As always, prices and currency conversions are subject to change at any time.

Is tipping necessary at Noma?

No. Tipping is optional in Denmark.

What if I don’t eat meat?

Noma offers a vegetarian menu option as an alternative to its set menu.

What’s the best way to get to Noma?

While most people choose to take a taxi or car service, a more cost-effective and efficient option is to take the 2A public bus. Taking this bus, our total transport time was under 30 minutes each way.

What’s the dress code at Noma?

Noma doesn’t have a dress code. During our meal, most people (including us) were comfortably dressed in a style best described as business casual.

How many courses does dinner at Noma include?

Our Game and Forest dinner featured 18 plates served over 15 courses.

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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.


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We self-funded our dinner at Noma.

Original Publication Date: November 9, 2021


Friday 10th of March 2023

With all of the great food in the world they give this hot mess the best restaurant award. Ridiculous!


Thursday 12th of January 2023

Wish they would close altogether. Most of that food needs a burial sadly


Tuesday 10th of January 2023

No thanks. My doctor told me to cut back on Reindeer penis.


Monday 9th of January 2023

If I want to throw up I;ll stick my fingers downs my throat, not spend 100$ to achieve it. Only 5% of the dishes look edible.

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