If a picture is a thousand words, then here are twenty-eight thousand words, which still wouldn’t be enough to describe the strange beauty of Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, in 2012, the year of its greatest triumphs. Here is everything we had that night, in pictures:

Part 2 in our 4-part Noma series, a plate-by-plate breakdown of the Noma experience. Read the full review here. Or watch a behind-the-scenes video of Noma’s Project Night, the famous training session where Noma’s ringmaster René Redzepi put his cooks to the ultimate test.

Matt Goulding
Matt Goulding is the co-founder of Roads & Kingdoms. He is also the former food editor at Men's Health and the author of the New York Times bestselling series Eat This, Not That. You can follow him at @mdgoulding.