Noma, the Danish restaurant that started the foraging movement, is just the tip of the neo-Nordic iceberg. Here are six places to try in Scandinavia, plus three places to get a taste of Scandinavia stateside.
By: Brett Martin and Mark Byrne
The original and still champion.
Go now, because soon everyone else will.
Making a case for Norway’s second city.
Austere and passionate, all at once.
Only four courses, still mind-blowing.
Oaxen Krog & Slip, Stockholm
A neo-Nordic O.G., reinvented in Stockholm.
No Airfare Required
How to get a taste of Scandinavia Stateside
When Aska opened in the back of a gallery in an old garage in Williamsburg, it brought Nordic food to New York and won a Michelin star in its first year. Slated to reopen soon in a home it won’t have to share.
The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis
Minnesota might seem like an odd place for high-end locavorism, but Bachelor Farmer chef Paul Berglund’s commitment to farm-sourced food is straight out of the Old Country.
The Willows Inn, Lummi Island, WA
Chef Blaine Wetzel cooked under Redzepi at Noma before opening his restaurant in an inn on a small island north of Seattle. The food, in true Nordic fashion, is “fished, foraged, and farmed.”
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Photos: 1) Mikkel Heriba, 2) Maaemo, 3)Antoine Bouillot, 4)Frantzén, 5) Per Anders Jørgensen, 6) Oaxen Krog & Slip, 7) Signe Birck, 8) The Bachelor Farmer, 9) Charity Burggraaf