Noma's ten-week Australian pop-up is drawing to a close, and diners who hope to eat there before it ends will have to put their money where their mouths are. The Copenhagen sensation is taking to eBay to auction off 15 reservations for its final service in Sydney, reports Good Food.
More than 25,000 people were waitlisted for a chance to dine at the pop-up, for which René Redzepi and crew dreamt up a menu showcasing uniquely local products from crocodile fat to ants. The final service will take place on April 2, and the bidding is already getting fierce: The high bid on a table for four with tasting menu and wine pairings included is currently hovering around $2,450 USD with nine days left in the auction; meanwhile, an auction for a table of eight started at $4,500.
The usual tasting menu plus wine pairings price is approximately $525 USD, so the auctions are set to fetch a healthy markup. eBay proceeds go to nonprofit culinary think tank MAD and an Australian charity called OzHarvest, which is dedicated to preventing food waste.
Those who can't dig deep enough into their pockets to experience the pricey Noma or its Sydney pop-up may want to stay tuned for 108, a more-casual sibling set to open in Copenhagen come late spring. While people fly from across the world to experience a meal at the hallowed Noma, 108 is aiming to be a more approachable neighborhood restaurant.