Seoul, South Korea
Polished black surfaces, a geometric light feature and several indoor trees provide a sleek setting for this boundary-pushing restaurant. Yim Jung-sik – who has also has a renowned namesake restaurant in New York – riffs off traditional dishes using modern techniques such as spherification, foams and fermenting. The menu is divided into appetizer, land, sea, rice and sweet with diners encouraged to choose several dishes from each. Sea urchin with kimchi and cabbage is reminiscent of classic bibimbap, a single tendril of octopus is served curled in a puddle of cream and the signature dessert is green tea mousse shaped like the dol hareubang rock statues on Jeju Island.
11 Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-100