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You could win two seats at Noma Kyoto if you can identify a mystery ingredient

Chef-owner René Redzepi is running the competition on his Instagram account for two bookings at Noma’s Ace Hotel Kyoto pop-up

Emma Steen
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Emma Steen
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Noma’s charging a whopping ¥125,000 per head for its upcoming pop-up at Ace Hotel in Kyoto, but that hasn’t put off zealous foodies from trying to get a table. In fact, all bookings for its two-month event – set to run from March 15 to May 20 2023 – were filled within mere minutes after the online reservation system was launched last November.

There is, however, still some hope for Noma fans who haven’t managed to secure a booking – and we’re not just talking about the online waitlist. Noma chef-owner René Redzepi is now holding a small competition on his Instagram account, where anyone who can successfully name the main ingredient featured in his latest reel – as well as whatever it’s marinated in – can score two seats at Noma Kyoto.

The chef has replied to several commenters who guessed sea creatures like jellyfish and cuttlefish saying they were ‘close’, but it seems no one has managed to hit the mark just yet. 

If you think you might have an inkling as to what the mystery slab might be, leave a comment on Redzepi’s post and you might just land a spot at one of the world’s hottest dining tables. 

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