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Fans of René Redzepi may want to jot down a few pivotal dates on their gastronomic calendar, after the Danish chef revealed more details on his much anticipated pop-up venture in Tokyo next year.
For three weeks in January, Redzepi and his staff from Noma will uproot to the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel to set up the first Asian outpost of his award-winning Copenhagen restaurant.
Last month, Noma was named the World's Best Restaurant by the tastemakers at Restaurant magazine for the fourth time.
In a hint of what to expect, Redzepi has said that though the staff will move to Tokyo, they’ll be leaving their Nordic ingredients at home.
"We have already begun to learn about the richness of Japanese food and culture with the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo team as they’ve taken us to Tsukiji and the vegetable markets in Tokyo, and introduced us to some special purveyors over the last few months," he wrote in a post on the Noma website.
Reservations will open 23 June for the pop-up event that runs 9 to 31 January 2015.
Bookings for lunch can be booked on Noma's website noma.dk/japan and reservations for dinner can only be made when booking the 'Noma at Mandarin Oriental' package on the hotel website www.mandarinoriental.com/tokyo.
Redzepi's not the only major chef to relocate his restaurant overseas. British chef Heston Blumenthal will be bringing The Fat Duck to Melbourne next year, when he transplants his staff to the Crown Resorts hotel for six months.