Michelin has announced plans to launch its first restaurant guide for Shanghai later this year.

The launch will mark the culinary bible’s first guide for Mainland China and follows on the heels of Singapore and Seoul, which were also added to the roster of Michelin’s coverage this year.

“The richness and quality of Shanghai’s culinary scene completely won us over,” said international director Michael Ellis in a statement.

“The city is an economic and cultural crossroad, and its gastronomy is the result of a strong culinary heritage which makes the dining scene very exciting. Shanghai’s culinary scene range from popular to fine dining restaurants, and we are eager to discover the high quality of Shanghai’s gastronomy and starting the selection.”

Michelin has been making an aggressive expansion into Asia, hoping to extend its reach and influence in the region against its rival The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, an offshoot of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The Michelin Guide Shanghai 2017 will be released in the second half of this year, and represents the 28th edition of the international collection. – AFP Relaxnews