NORDIC: World's 50 Best Bars announced

NORDIC: World's 50 Best Bars announced

NEWS NORDIC: On October 8th the World’s 50 Best Bars 2015 winners were announced, with Scandinavia earning a single spot on the list.

As ranked by Drinks International, bars from all over the world were represented – but much of the list was dominated by London and New York, including all of the top five. Artesian in London was named the number one bar in the world for the fourth year running.

Only one Scandinavian bar made the top 50 – Copenhagen’s Bar Ruby was named 34th this year, having spent a year off the list in 2014. In 2014, in fact, no Scandinavian bar was named in the top 50 at all.


SWEDEN: Daniel Müllern opens Villa Strandvägen

SWEDEN: Daniel Müllern opens Villa Strandvägen

NEWS SWEDEN: In the early spring of 2016 Ystad Saltsjöbad expands its culinary offerings together with Daniel Müllern. New restaurant Villa Strandvägen will be “a destination in itself”, promises Müllern.

Österlen, an area located on the southeastern Baltic coastline, is known for its rich offerings from both land and sea, and the small town of Ystad is considered its gateway. In 2015 Ystad Saltsjöbad has won awards for both Spa of the Year as well as Sweden’s Leading Hotel. Daniel Müllern, finalist in Swedish Chef of the Year 2015, has been the gastronomical leader of Ystad Saltsjöbad since 2013. Together with ESS Hotell he has acquired the neighbouring property, where a wooden villa built in 1899 stands.

– We aim to recreate the magic of the early 20th century, at least when it comes to the interior. We’ll plant a vegetable garden and have an outdoor kitchen in the summer. As for the food, Österlen really has it all and the producers are all close by, says Müllern.

Villa Strandvägen will hold seven hotel rooms, and the restaurant will seat 40-45 indoors and as many outside in the summer.


DENMARK: Noma to become urban farm

DENMARK: Noma to become urban farm

NEWS DENMARK: The restaurant world was recently shaken when star chef René Redzepi announced that Noma would be closing after New Year’s Eve service 2016. But it will be resurrected, as something, and somewhere, completely different: An urban farm, in the heart of Copenhagen and on the border of the notorious Christiania neighborhood.

It seems a risky gamble to close a restaurant that since it opened twelve years ago has been constantly lavished with praise, named Best Restaurant in the World (by Restaurant Magazine) no less than four times, and with bookings to match. But Mr. Redzepi has famously steered away from conventions. This new project, which has been planned for three years, is no exception: Where there is currently little more than a graffiti-covered, overgrown decrepit building next to the run-down Christiania area, diners will in less than two years' time find themselves surrounded by the very things they’re eating, grown on the roof, on the land and even floating in the water. Yes, that means that for much of the year, Noma will transform to a completely vegetarian restaurant – a bold move in itself. The grand fermentation experiments for the last two years has been a way to slowly prepare the kitchen for these green months, food coming from the “half kitchen, half mad laboratory” according to Mr. Redzepi. Splitting the year into three seasons, wild game and forest items will be on the table in fall, and fish and hardy greens during the cold months.


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