State of the Art

Miche­lin stopped by the South Korean cap­i­tal for its an­nual awards in Oc­to­ber. While fa­vorites like Gaon and La Yeon kept their three-star-sta­tus, seven restau­rants were given new stars. Here is our pick of the glit­ter.

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At the in­au­gu­ral Bangkok Art Bi­en­nale, world­class art­works adorn the city's most his­toric lo­ca­tions.

Min­gles

Cel­e­brated chef Min­goo Kang is known for “min­gling” Eu­ro­pean, Ja­panese and Korean cook­ing meth­ods, like the “Jang Trio” dessert: doen-jang (brined soy bean) crème brûlée, soy pecan, gochu­jang (chili paste) rice puff, and whisky foam. restau­rant-min­gles.com; set din­ner menu W150,000.

Alla Prima

Trad­ing up from one star to two this year, this Ital­ian-Asian fu­sion restau­rant is fa­mous for creative plates served to a back­drop of Chef Kim Jin-hyuk’s open kitchen. A pri­vate din­ing room also adds to the fine-din­ing am­bi­ence. 62-2/511-2555; 42-6 Non­hyeon-dong, Gang­nam; set din­ner menu W138,000.

Lee Jong Kuk 104

With a din­ing space “rem­i­nis­cent of a Mod­ern Art gallery,” chef Lee Jong Kuk claimed a star for his made­from-scratch in­gre­di­ents and at­ten­tion to de­tail. Case in point: soy sauce brushes are made from freshly-picked aro­matic pine nee­dles. 62-2/747-0104; 95-1 Seong­buk-Ro, Seong­buk-Gu; set din­ner menu from W200,000.

Han­sik­gong­gan

Known as the god­mother of Korean cui­sine, chef Cho Hee-suk has crafted a menu strik­ing the balance be­tween tra­di­tional fla­vors and mod­ern plat­ing, while restau­rant views over­look Changdeok­gung Palace. fb.com/han­sik­gong­gan; set din­ner menu W120,000.

Mosu

Af­ter mov­ing his San Fran­cisco restau­rant closer to fam­ily in Seoul last year, chef Sung Anh’s new venue im­pressed Miche­lin re­view­ers, who shouted out his de­hy­drated bur­dock cracker with cul­tured but­ter. mosu seoul.com; set din­ner menu W240,000.

In­dus­tri­al­style in­te­ri­ors at Mosu Seoul.

Prawn and uni jang noo­dles at Min­gles.

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