[Seoul] For beauty, there is Innisfree. For tea, there is O’Sulloc Tea. These are just some of the other things that Jeju Island is famous for, other than its beautiful sceneries and ecological treasures.
The O’Sulloc brand has much developed and modernized, being one of the major tea exporters from Korea, known for using technology for planting, producing and packaging.
Somehow, almost every friend I know who been to Seoul has found (will find) his/her way there. Some will use the opportunity to get the O’Sulloc Matcha Green Tea Milk Spread.
O’sulloc has tea houses at Myeongdong, Insadong, Apgujeong and Daehangno, and has turned green tea quite hip into a contemporary “Starbucks” like café.
The Myeong-dong branch includes three floors which has seating areas, tea merchandise section, and even a meeting room. Level 1 feels more of a take-and-go, while Level 2 are filled with groups of friends just chilling their time away.
After much recommendation, it has become the first stop in my itinerary, with a friend commenting that O’Sulloc’s Green Tea Milk Spread is “worth every cent”.
Drinks wise, the recommended include the Osulloc Green Tea Latte (5,500 Won for Hot, 6,000 Won for Iced), Jeju Tangerine Milk Tea (7,000 Won), Green Tea O Fredo (7,000 Won), and Apple Honey Tea Latte (7,000 Won for Hot and 7,500 Won for Iced).
That works out to be between SGD$6.60 to SGD$9.00 per beverage, which is considered higher priced than several other casual coffee and tea places within Seoul.
The Green Tea Latte (6,000 Won) was a small cup, filled much with ice. But for whatever contents it contained, I liked it – rather faint green tea bitterness, moderately milky, a comforting drink.
The Osulloc Tea Garden Set (18,000 Won) which includes Green Tea Pesto Sandwich, Green Tea Pound Cake, Scone and Green Tea Milk Jam and Green Tea Ice Cream will be suitable for those who wants to indulge in some afternoon tea with EVERYTHING green tea.
The Green Tea Roll (5,000 Won) wasn’t exactly my favourite, not as soft-fluffy as I would have imagined. There are better ones around.
However, the Green Tea Tiramisu was delightfully wonderfully, called a Tiramisu yet more like a light cheesecake, mellow-smooth with the lingering bitterness of Jeju green tea. This is Daebak!
Overlooking the price, Osulloc Tea House can be considered the destination tea house to experience a touch of Korean tea culture, yet in a comfortable setting for a gathering time with friends.
O’sulloc Tea House, Myeong-dong Branch 오설록티하우스 – 명동점
12, Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
(Get out through Exit 6 of Myeong-dong Station of Seoul Subway Line No. 4, turn left, and go straight for 370m. The store is on the right.)
서울특별시 중구 명동7길 12 (명동1가)
Opening Hours: 9am – 10:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 9am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)