Food & Drink

How Far Are You Willing to Travel for a Two-Michelin-Starred Meal?

Koks is already hard to reach in the Faroe Islands, but by moving to Greenland, it might become the most remote restaurant on Earth.

koks restaurant, green land

Beinta Á Torkilsheyggi Og Claes Bech-Poulsen/Courtesy of Koks

By Katie Lockhart

Apr 15, 2022

LAUDED AS THE WORLD’S MOST remote Michelin-starred restaurant, Koks used to operate inside a grass-roofed house on the outskirts of Leynar, a Faroese village with a population of roughly 250.

During the summer of 2022 and 2023, things are getting even more isolated for Koks, which has two Michelin stars, because the restaurant is moving to Ilimanaq, Greenland, population 53.

From June 12 to Septeptember 8, Koks will take over the restaurant at Ilimanaq Lodge near Ilulissat, on the west coast of Greenland. The team will serve a 17- to 20-course prix fixe menu to just 30 people per night.

Koks, the Greenland
Beinta Á Torkilsheyggi Og Claes Bech-Poulsen/Courtesy of Koks

The relocation was prompted by the combination of difficulties running the restaurant out of their small space near Lake Leynar and a much-delayed building process for their permanent restaurant in the Faroe Islands.

“I felt like we couldn’t deliver what we were supposed to deliver anymore,” says chef Poul Andrias Ziska. “We had some connections to Greenland. We saw the lodge with the restaurant, and it all works very well practically — the space and interior of the restaurant, as well as the surroundings in Ilimanaq.”

Koks, the Greenland
Claes Bech-Poulsen/Courtesy of Koks

Much like their menu in the Faroe Islands, most of the ingredients will be traditional proteins sourced from the area, including muskox and reindeer not found in the Faroe Islands. “We have all these interesting things from the sea that we don’t usually get in the Faroe Islands, and are very traditional to eat in Greenland, like seal and narwhal,” says Ziska.

The best way to score a table at the restaurant, one of the hardest-to-reach in the world, is to book an overnight bungalow stay at Ilimanaq Lodge, inclusive of breakfast and a dinner at Koks.

Koks, the Greenland
Beinta Á Torkilsheyggi Og Claes Bech-Poulsen/Courtesy of Koks

Koks hopes to reopen on its native Faroe Islands in 2024. Ziska says, “We are fairly confident that we will be back on the Faroe Islands, and our journey now will make us a better, stronger and more interesting team.”

Tasting menus start at US$320 per person. Bookings can be made here.

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