Best restaurant in the world should have corn dogs

By John Toth
Bulletin Publisher

I do not plan to eat at the Noma Restaurant in Denmark. It’s not on my bucket list, even though it has been voted as the best restaurant in the world by Britain’s Restaurant Magazine.

I don’t know how this magazine can actually determine which restaurants qualify for its top 50 list worldwide, since there must be millions of great restaurants of which the editors have never heard.

I wouldn’t mind working for a magazine like that and fly around the world eating out on company expense. What a job that would be. I’d do it just for the expense account money.

To find out a few things about the restaurant, I went to its website, www. noma.dk.

It’s a relatively simple website with just a few pages, including lunch, dinner and wine menus. Let’s just say that if I ordered the seven-course lunch for two, it would cost $426.24. This is based on the Danish Kroner and U.S. Dollar conversion rates last week.

I don’t want to be a spoiler, but that’s a little steep for my budget. However, if I worked for the magazine, I would be OK with it. I’d probably order some nice wine, which would hit me back about another $200. If you just want juice, add only $76.87 (I hope this includes tax).

Otherwise, I would avoid that place and look for something less expensive, like maybe a fast food joint. Denmark is in my list of countries to visit – eventually, but I have to be reasonable about expenses.

Like flying first class. I would like to do it, but it defeats the purpose of getting the cheapest flight I can. If first class got me there in half the time, I would further consider it, but it’s on the same plane as the tourist class.

Why would they even call it tourist class? Some people there may be business people trying to save money, or they cannot afford first class. They are not tourists. I would be, though.

The dinner menu at Noma costs about the same as lunch. And the website points out that the dining experience lasts four hours.

That’s another problem. I want to go sight seeing. It’s not like I am staying in the country forever. I don’t have four hours for lunch or dinner. After dinner I probably want to go do something else. If I stay at this place for four hours stuffing my face with delicious and very expensive food, I wouldn’t feel like doing anything later on.

I’m not knocking this restaurant, because there are plenty of people paying for four hours of dining, and enjoy it immensely (pass the Grey Poupon, please).

Not to be left behind, Alinea in Chicago made the list at No. 6, the top U.S. finisher. A meal there will only hit you back $195 per person – a bargain. I wonder if they have corn dogs?

Time for lunch. Where is the dollar menu?

I’m on The Bulletin expense account today, which is a little less lavish than Travel Magazine. “Can I get extra ketchup with that? Thanks.”