24 Restaurants Bag Michelin Stars in Seoul’s First Michelin Guide

Korean cuisine is taking pride of place next to neighbouring culinary giants China and Japan.
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Michelin has once again announced the launch of another inaugural Michelin Guide, this time in Seoul – hot on the heels of sizzling debuts in Shanghai and Washington DC

This first edition for the South Korean capital sees 24 restaurants awarded with stars, including two 3-Michelin-starred establishments, three 2-starred restaurants and 19 one-starred restaurants.

The two 3-Michelin-starred names are La Yeon and Gaon – both fine dining temples of Korean cuisine. This is especially notable as it is the first time Korean gastronomy is taking its pride of place next to its neighbouring culinary giants China and Japan. In fact, of the 2-starred restaurants, two of them serve Korean cuisine (Kwon Sook Soo and Gotgan), while the remaining serves French contemporary (Pierre Gagnaire).
A dish from La Yeon
A dish from La Yeon
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Other notable restaurants that feature traditional cuisine includes Balwoo Gongyang – a vegetarian dining spot that focuses on Korean Buddhist temple cuisine that's been awarded with one star. Others like Jungsik, which has a two-starred outpost in New York City is known for its innovative take on Korean fare.

These establishments are part of a 140-strong list of restaurants which includes the 36 eateries conferred Bib Gourmand status earlier this month.

“I think it's widely seen as one of the hidden gems of world cuisine,” says Michael Ellis, International Director of The Michelin Guides. “There's so many things going on: brining, pickling, fermenting, frying, barbequing, seasoning... great techniques.”

Michelin will be announcing the 2017 Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau later this week. 

The full list of Michelin starred restaurants in Seoul:
Three Michelin stars:
1) La Yeon
2) Gaon

Two Michelin stars:
1) Gotgan
2) Kwon Sook Soo
3) Pierre Gagnaire

One Michelin star:

1) Alla Prima
2) Balwoo Gongyang
3) Bicena
4) Bo Reum Soei
5) Dining in Space
6) Hamo
7) Jin Jin
8) Jungsik
9) Keunkiwajip
10) Kojima
11) L’Amitié
12) Mingles
13) Poom
14) Ristorante EO
15) Soigné
16) Twenty Four Seasons
17) Votre Maison
18) Yu Yuan
19) Zero Complex
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