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There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

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Noma goes to Mexico

René Redzepi at Noma Australia

René Redzepi at Noma Australia

EDIT: Today (Saturday 19 November) our suspicions have been confirmed. René Redzepi's next - and apparently final - Noma pop up will be an open air restaurant in Tulum, the Mexican beach resort town on the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean coast. Joining Noma will be former sous chef Rosio Sanchez, as well as a version of her Copenhagen tacqueria Hija de Sanchez.

René Redzepi and the Noma gang are of course busy closing the chapter of Noma on its current Copenhagen site before they move it next year to its new urban-farm setting near the neighbourhood of Christiania. But a gap of some months looms between February 2017, when the restaurant is set to close, and its slated late-summer opening. And in those months you'll see Noma pop up in Tulum, Mexico.

Mexico is a powerful fascination for Redzepi. He has spoken of his interest in its biodiversity and ancient food cultures, and has holidayed extensively in Tulum and Mérida. His love of tacos has been documented at some length, and he threw his support behind Hija de Sanchez, the taquería opened in Copenhagen by his former pastry chef Rosio Sánchez (and also helped her cook tacos for the World's 50 Best after-party at The Clove Club in London in 2015).

The announcement chimes with Redzepi's interest in the Yucatán peninsula. "The people, the beaches, that rare feeling of being allowed to disconnect - it's more than enough to make the journey worthwhile," he wrote last year in his foreword to Hartwood, the cookbook from the celebrated Tulum restaurant. "I am a mega-fan of Mexican cuisine. I love tasting the layers of history in the food… When I've been working so hard I can't tell if it's day or night, and I know I need to take a break even though I don't have the time, this is the place I dream about."

Mexico is the third full-scale iteration of the restaurant outside Denmark. In 2015 Noma popped up for a five-week run in Tokyo, while the Sydney version of the restaurant wowed diners at Barangaroo for 10 weeks at the beginning of this year.

These are not small undertakings. They're not guest-chef appearances, with a couple of staff flying out to bash out the restaurant's greatest hits. For the Australia adventure, the entire Noma team, from its waiters to its dishwashers, made the journey to Sydney, and the menu was redesigned from scratch as a showcase for Australian ingredients.

The chance to taste new things and immerse himself and the Noma kitchen in different cultures has been, Redzepi says, a big part of why he has chosen to do these away-games, and how he has chosen their locations. With his deepening interest in farming, too, the agrarian traditions of the Yucatán Peninsula are likely of particular moment to Redzepi. "The way they grow food here now is the way they grew food here 500 years ago," he told The New York Times. "These kinds of farms supply all of the markets every day, so it's astounding to realise that this kind of quality is available to everyone. That makes me extremely jealous."

We had our suspicions earlier this year when Noma project leader Annika de las Heras and Noma point-man Ben Liebmann both toured Mexico. Now, Noma is officially taking a turn for the tropical. 

The restaurant will be open for dinner five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday from 12 April to 28 May, 2017. The menu will cost $US600 ($AUD817) per person plus tax (16%) and service (9%) and will include the menu, beverage pairing, water and tea/coffee.

Bookings for Noma Mexico will open on Wednesday, 7 December 2016 at 1am (AEST) and will be available via noma's website at noma.dk/mexico. 
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