Today Eater heads to Seoul — South Korea’s capital and gateway to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang — to call out 12 of the buzziest newcomers to Korea’s exploding dining scene. Eater contributor and photographer Matty Kim has kindly offered up his picks of the hottest restaurants of the last year or so.
“This marks the second year of Korea’s Michelin Guide, and it may be coincidental, but Korea’s restaurant scene has seen a lot of change over the past two years,” says Kim. “Chefs who spent years training abroad are returning home (Mosu). An increasing number of American restaurants are branching out to Korea (Tartine Manufactory), and I’m continually rediscovering the depths of Koreans’ love for Japanese food (Goryori Ken, Dotz, Sushi Ooshima).”
Also among his picks, a whiskey-loving Korean barbecue haven (Woorahman), a trattoria with a party vibe (Cucciolo Terrazza), and classic Korean dishes with a panoramic view of the Seoul skyline (Bicena). Looking for the essentials? Head to the 38.
Without further ado, and in geographic order, the Eater Heatmap to Seoul, South Korea.Read More