O'sulloc Tea House (오설록 티하우스)

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Almost the Starbucks of Korean tea, O'sulloc Tea House (오설록 티하우스) is a café that specialises in Jeju Island green tea and sells many juices, smoothies and desserts with green tea as the main ingredient. They have branches in Busan (부산), Daehakro (대학로), Samcheongdong (삼청동), Hongdae (홍대), Apgujeong (압구정), Insadong (인사동), Dongdaemun (동대문), and Myeongdong (명동). And because we're huge fans of green tea, we visited the latter three branches.


Located on the main street of Insadong, the building had 3 levels: the ground floor shop where you could buy any of their products, like loose tea leaves/bags, green tea biscuits, etc; and the second and third floor where you could eat or drink their products (i.e., the café). We chose to go on the second floor because it had better lighting (ha).

We ordered the green tea latte double shot, King O Fredo and a green tea roll cake. I prefer a strong tea taste whenever I'm having any green tea food (whether it be a drink, a piece of cake, or a scoop of ice cream), so I think O'sulloc did a good job with the latte and the ice cream, but there wasn't much tea taste in the cake (though, the texture of it was really fluffy).

The highlight for me was actually the Green Tea Latte Double Shot because it had no sugar in it. It fact, it felt like a healthier and less bitter alternative to Americano. (However, you could add some sweetness to the drink because they do give you a shot of syrup on the side.)


The Dongdaemun branch was located just near the Dongdaemun Shopping Town (동대문 쇼핑타운). We didn't go upstairs, but it appeared to much smaller than the Insadong one. We ordered the green tea latte double shot (again) and the Green Tea O'Fredo.


Our last visit to the O'sulloc Tea House was at the Myeongdong branch, which we found tucked away at the back of the district (if you're coming from the subway station). We ordered: O'sulloc milk tea, Jeju soy milk green tea latte, green tea latte double shot (yes, again), green tea ice cream and green tea pound cake. (I think the ice cream and pound cake was actually some kind of "set").

Everything was good, except for the milk tea which was a disappointment—I wasn't actually expecting anything great, but we gave it the benefit of a doubt because it was a Tea House. However, if you're looking for proper milk tea, the best places to have are at "tea restaurants" or cha chaan tengs (茶餐廳) in Hong Kong. (Though the hot milk tea we ordered at Ediya Coffee was surprisingly good.)

If you're big on green tea or just tea in general, you should definitely stop by this place when you're in the country. We don't have any cafés or tea houses like this in Sydney, so to be able to find something this big on tea was really exciting for us. I like tea in its original bitter form, but if you prefer sweet-smelling kind, they also have a huge range of tea with fruit infused flavours―they even have a "wedding tea" which I thought was really cute!

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