With interest in René Redzepi and his culinary perfection still at an all time high in Sydney, thanks to the recent Noma Australia pop-up, a documentary focusing on the highly regarded chef being included in Sydney Film Festival’s program this year works perfectly. As part of the annual festival’s Gourmet Cinema concept – which pairs up a film with an acclaimed restaurant in the city – gourmands can catch the premiere of Ants on a Shrimp: Noma in Tokyo (88 mins), a documentary which focuses on Redzepi’s brief time moving Noma (ranked the best restaurant in the world multiple times) to Japan.
To set the stage of this documentary, Noma’s advance guard first arrived ahead of the pop-up at Tokyo’s Mandarin Oriental and set up shop in an uninspiring underground kitchen, intentionally shifting them from their culinary comfort zone to reset their palates, if you will, and build a 14-course menu from the ground-up fusing Nordic techniques with local Japanese ingredients. This unique philosophy takes the Noma team to various gastronomic destinations such as the Tsukiji Fish Market and Nagano Forest.
Said to be full of tension, obsession, dedication, and a flavoursome energy, the documentary remains a must see for anyone interesting in exploring the culinary arts further, and will be screened over two nights to spread the love.
Each screening will be followed by a sumptuous four-course meal matched with Eden Road Wines and 4Pines Beer at three-hatted CBD restaurant The Bridge Room (named the 2016 Restaurant of the Year), filling out the price of admission with one of the absolute best dining experiences in the city. This sit-down dinner is often used as a time to discuss the film in depth amongst like-minded guests, laying out the perfect atmosphere for lovers of good food and good cinema.
The screenings will take place on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June from 6:30pm at Dendy Opera Quays, followed by a short stroll to The Bridge Room, which is housed in a 1930’s Heritage Listed building at 44 Bridge St, Sydney. Tickets are kept limited and are available for $189 each from HERE.
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