The Michelin Guide to Seoul has landed for 2021, with news of one restaurant being awarded its first star and three restaurants being promoted from a plate to one star. All the existing three, two and one-star restaurants previously listed retain their stars.
Winning its first star is modern Korean restaurant 7th Door, where chef Kim Dae-chun experiments with “the seven tastes of food”: the first five being the five basic tastes; the sixth is the taste of fermentation and ageing; and the seventh is the chef’s own culinary sensibility.
L'Amant Secret (Korean-style Western cuisine), Muni (Japanese) and omakase restaurant Mitou were all promoted from plate to star status in this edition.
The Michelin Green Star was also introduced in this new edition, highlighting the efforts of those operating at the forefront of their field with sustainable gastronomy practices, and playing a role in bringing their vision to everyone. Hwanggeum Kongbat and A Flower Blossom on the Rice were both awarded green stars.
The guide now features a total of 178 restaurants, the 2021 selection showcases 2 three-star, 7 two-star, 23 one-star, 60 Bib Gourmands and 86 Michelin plate establishments.
The full list of restaurants in the Michelin Guide to Seoul 2021
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