Restaurant guidebook purveyor Michelin is preparing to descend upon South Korea. The tire company responsible for foisting star ratings upon restaurants across the globe announced today that the first-ever Michelin guide to Seoul will be published sometime in the second half of 2016.
In a press release, international director of the Michelin guides Michael Ellis says, "We are very excited to develop a new guide in Asia in 2016 with the launch of the Michelin guide for Seoul. The city is well-known for a wonderfully eclectic dining scene that ranges from popular Seoul traditional fare to gourmet restaurants. Seoul’s dining scene has evolved into a world-class culinary destination, and our inspectors are impatient to start wandering the streets of the city and discovering the high quality of its culinary scene." Local restaurateurs, take notice: Michelin inspectors are set to begin dining in Seoul "in a few weeks' time."
As the Korea Times notes, the Seoul guide "will be Michelin's 27th edition globally and the fourth in Asia, following Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong." The launch of the Singapore guide was announced last November, and the first edition is slated to be published this year.