Now that June has arrived, Spring is a thing of the past and Summer is now firmly entrenched in our lives. There is definite heaviness to the air, and we have started putting on the air-con, keeping cool is now of the most utmost importance. One the most delicious ways to keep cool and get yourself a nice sugar rush at the same is by eating lots and lots of lovely ice cream.
After the ice cream craze of last year, gourmet ice cream can be pretty much be found on every street in Korea. The country went absolutely bonkers for soft milk and honey chip ice cream, in fact we ate so much of it that there was even a honey chip shortage and merciless store owners used paraffin honey chips instead to meet the demand. However despite the ample supply of ice cream stores in the city, it’s very rare to find a store which offers small home made batches in a variety of different flavours. So I was thrilled when I stumbled across Ellay’s in Seochon.
Ellay’s is a blink and miss it ice cream shop attached to home and wares store T-Square. Only open from Friday to Sunday, it makes small batches of around 8 flavours each day. Ellay mixes up the varieties so you will never know what you are going to get, but the flavours are posted on the facebook page each day if you want to check ahead.
After a peruse of the menu we settled on the Earl Grey, Milk Chocolate Guinness, and the Blueberry. All the ice creams are 3,500 each per tub.
I chose the Earl Grey which was insatiably creamy and a little piece of heaven. The ice cream was infused with the refreshing taste of Earl Greay, and had a nice finish of lemon at the end. I was lucky enough to get the last scoop of the day, as Ellay told me it was a very popular choice with her female customers.
TFB couldn’t contain his joy when he found out there was a Guinness flavoured ice cream. The chocolate balanced perfectly with the rich velvety stout. It had just a hint of the Guinness taste without being too overpowering.
Lastly my my best chingu Alex opted for the blueberry. A fruity offering to balance out the rich and creamy ones. It had a lovely sweetness and as you can see the colour was fantastically purple.
Ellay’s is open Friday – Sunday 12pm – 8pm and is located at 32-5 Ogin-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Gwangbukgung (line 3) and come out of exit 2. Walk straight for about 400 meters until you reach the market on the left hand side. Walk through the market then keep going straight and cross over the road. keep walking straight and you will see Ellay’s is on the right. For more information you can call them on 02-722-7746 or check out their facebook page.