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Could this Michelin-starred restaurant in Greenland be the most remote place to eat in the world?

Looking out over the chilly north Atlantic, KOKS is so isolated you can only reach it by boat

Ed Cunningham
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If you’d visited Michelin-starred restaurant KOKS a few years ago, you’d almost certainly have said it was in a pretty darn remote place. Perched on the outskirts of Leynar – a tiny, 250-person village in the Faroe Islands – the restaurant was exposed to the blustery Leynar Lake: an isolated spot on an archipelago hundreds of miles from mainland Europe. 

But KOKS has recently moved to a new, even more isolated place. It’s taken up residence in Ilimanaq, an even weenier village on the west coast of Greenland that’s home to just 53 people. Looking out over the chilly north Atlantic, KOKS’s new site is so remote you can only reach it by boat, and all you’ll have for company is quaint icebergs floating around the surrounding sea. Just take a look at these astonishing snaps.

KOKS Ilimanaq Lodge
Photograph: Lisa Burns / Beinta á Torskilsheyggi
KOKS Ilimanaq Lodge
Photograph: Gustav Thuesen
KOKS Ilimanaq Lodge
Photograph: Lisa Burns

The original KOKS restaurant in the Faroes was renowned for its commitment to local produce and sustainable sourcing. It eventually bagged two Michelin stars, and it looks like the restaurant will be bringing that quality to Ilimanaq, too. The restaurant will serve tasting menus which vary between 17 and 20 courses. 

The restaurant itself is in Ilimanaq Lodge, a settlement of luxury cabins. According to Travel + Leisure, KOKS’s move was prompted by delayed construction of a permanent restaurant in the Faroes. It’s a temporary option: KOKS is only in Greenland from June 12 to September 8, and will be back in the Faroe Islands with a permanent restaurant by 2024.

So, is KOKS in Ilimanaq the most remote restaurant in the world? Well, it’s hard to say – but it’s definitely up there. A basic tasting menu (without either wine or juice pairings) costs 2100 Danish kroner (£236, $320), and the easiest way to ensure you get a reservation is to book a cabin at Ilimanaq Lodge, as both breakfast and dinner at KOKS is included. All guests are limited to staying just one night.

Booking is now open, and you can find out more information on the Ilimanaq Lodge website.

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