Noma announced on its website this morning that Danish chef Thorsten Schmidt is partnering with René Redzepi, Noma’s chef-owner, to open a new restaurant called Barr in the former Noma location. Barr is expected to open on July 5, less than a month from now.
Much more low-key (and, presumably, much cheaper) than its predecessor, Barr will serve à la carte dishes drawing from the traditional cuisines of the countries that encircle the North Sea, including the regions of Scandinavia, Benelux, and the British Isles. Offerings will include hot-smoked salmon with cucumber salad and butter-fried frikadeller (pork meatballs), a classic Danish dish.
“At Barr, we will serve familiar foods in the best way we can, building on the last decade’s gastronomic development in Copenhagen,” writes Schmidt in a statement on Noma’s website. “We want to carry on the spirit of experimentation and knowledge, serving our versions of traditional dishes, along with a great selection of beers and aquavit from this extraordinary area.”
Oh yes, the beers. It’s looking as though Barr will be emphasizing brews, bringing in both a brewmaster and a beer sommelier. We’re told by the bar manager that all of Barr’s cocktails will incorporate beer.
On that note, we’re off to go book flights to CPH…