Was at Noma recently after Iceland.
Incredible technique, wonderful imagination, but once again I have to refer to Alinea. If you're going to do playful, inventive food, make it about the flavors.
Noma's very obnoxious... potted plants, tons of inedible shit, edible shells.. I think it might also be because my tastes are now turning away from long tasting menus. Lovely place by the water. I still think Alinea is the best, or probably Fat Duck is better. Was going to El Bulli recently but it fell through because of a personal issue keeping me at home. Have eaten Adria's food privately though in the home of the big chef in San Sebastien.
Noma is obviously a great restaurant but it isn't really for me. If I'd seen it in the early 2000s I'd think it's great but I'm becoming an old man and I'm starting to be less tolerant of adventure for the sake of adventure. Sometimes the most direct route on the map is the best, for the simplest and most efficiently chosen path gives one the most elegant result. Too many detours here... that and I spent 10 days in iceland being told just how awful danish people are.
Matt you don't even like Gagnaire, I really would not recommend a special trip unless you're already in Copenhagen (which isn't a bad place to go at all.) I think I'm starting to get your style sort of pegged and I don't see you liking it much.