[SEOUL, KOREA] General impressions of food in Seoul may have been restricted to street food, and the likes of barbecue, Korean fried chicken, ginseng chicken and bibimbap.
With the Michelin Guide reaching Seoul, the dining scene may be shaken a little, with travellers knowing more options from the fine dining arena. (Also Read: Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide 2016 – 34 Eateries That Make The Cut)
24 restaurants in Seoul are awarded stars in the inaugural guide, with Gaon in Gangnam and La Yeon at The Shilla Hotel. (Read: Review of La Yeon)
May be comforting to know that instead of a European restaurant (or more precisely a French restaurant), 2 Korean restaurants have taken the top honours.
Gaon operated by Korean ceramics group GwangJuYo is a traditional Korean restaurant serving high-end, elegant cuisine, while La Yeon takes a contemporary approach to Korean cuisine.
3 Michelin stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
La Yeon (Korean)
2 Michelin stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour
Kwon Sook Soo (Korean)
Pierre Gagnaire (French Contemporary)
1 Michelin star: A very good restaurant in its category
Alla Prima (Innovative)
Balwoo Gongyang (Temple Cuisine)
Bo Reum Soei (Barbecue)
Dining in Space (French Contemporary)
Jin Jin (Chinese)
Jungsik (Korean Contemporary)
Mingles (Korean Contemporary)
Ristorante Eo (Italian Contemporary)
Twenty Four Seasons (Korean Contemporary)
Votre Maison (French Contemporary)
Yu Yuan (Chinese)
Zero Complex (Innovative)