Three Michelin stars for Seoul restaurant

tasty November 15, 2017 14:02

By The Nation

South Korean fine-dining restaurant La Yeon at the Shilla Seoul hotel in South Korea has been awarded three Michelin stars in the Michelin Guide Seoul 2018.



Since 2013, La Yeon has offered traditional Korean flavours and modern reinterpretations of time-honoured recipes. The award-winning restaurant distinguishes itself by using only authentic seasonal ingredients sourced from around Korea, as well as 100-per-cent Korean-made products. 

La Yeon has fine-tuned its techniques to honour long-held culinary customs. To ensure the authenticity and purity of the dishes, the restaurant’s culinary team continuously develops preserving and processing techniques. These innovations include maintaining a meat ageing facility, creating a special ageing storage facility exclusively for kimchi with optimal temperature and humidity settings, and designing separate storage units for sauces and pastes that are the foundation of Korean cuisine. Committed to culinary traditions, executive chef Kim Sung Il and his team regularly revive recipes from a 500-year-old cookbook, “Sooeunjapbang”, which dates back to ancient Korea, as well as traditional Korean cookbooks passed down through the generations.

“It is an honour to once again be listed in this year’s Michelin Restaurant Guide”, says executive chef Kim Sung Il. “We are thrilled to be recognised; the achievement belongs to everyone on our team and reflects their shared commitment to providing our guests with an exceptional dining experience. The recognition motivates us to continue our vision of showcasing the beauty of traditional Korean cuisine.” 

La Yeon has also been included in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the last three consecutive years. 

The Shilla Seoul is operated by the Shilla Hotels & Resorts, the hotel sector subsidiary of Samsung Group.