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