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Image: Noma pops up in Japan and serves live shrimp covered in ants. Nice.

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Live botan prawn with ants, as served at Noma, Japan

If you havent heard of Noma, which regularly tops global lists of best-ever eateries, then you should have done. The restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark, has now temporarily hopped across the globe to set up a pop-up in Japan, serving a 15-course menu which costs an eye-watering 149,500 yen (about £835).

 

Chef Rene Redzepi has upped the sushi stakes with dishes such as shaved ankimo toast, cuttlefish soba with a cold broth of roses, sea urchin pie and live jumbo prawns topped with tiny black ants. Yep, ants.

 

According to critics, the pop-up, which sits on the 37th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel with views of Mount Fuji, is no gimmick.

 

Robbie Swinnerton from the Japan Times said the black ants were like “little pinpricks of sharp acidity acting as the perfect accent for the sweet, pink flesh” while Tejal Rao from Bloomberg described it as “shockingly good.”

 

He added: “It goes from terrifying to beautiful, like the ocean after a storm.” Indeed.


So, what else is on the menu?

 

Cuttlefish soba with a cold broth of roses

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Cuttlefish soba

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Sea urchin pie

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​Sea urchin pie

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Chilled cucumber and green strawberries with sake and basil flower

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Chilled cucumber and green strawberries with sake and basil flower

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Raw squid

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Raw squid

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Pumpkin simmered with kelp and salted cherry blossoms

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Pumpkin simmered with kelp and salted cherry blossoms

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