René Redzepi, the Danish chef whose local restaurant Noma put New Nordic cuisine, foraging, and Copenhagen on the culinary map, is moving his kitchen to Mexico for a pop-up this spring. Noma Mexico opens in Tulum on April 12 and will have two seatings a night, Wednesday through Sunday, until May 28.
Redzepi is joined in the kitchen by his former pastry chef, Rosio Sanchez, a Chicago native whose parents are from Mexico. The pop-up’s kitchen and dining room are currently being built but, much like Hartwood, one of my favorite spots for a meal in Tulum—the restaurant will be entirely outdoors and surrounded by jungle. To continue the rustic theme, ceramic tableware and cooking vessels have been sourced from local artisans across three villages. Along with at least four local cooks responsible for producing fresh tortillas, Redzepi and Sanchez’s team will create their renditions of Mexican fare, inspired by the country’s deep and storied culinary traditions. Says Redzepi: “It will be hot, steaming, and unpredictable.”
Bookings are available for tables of two, four and six. It’s currently fully booked but you can still add your name to a wait list.
Photographs courtesy of Vincent Long