They say good things take time. And if you’ve ever tasted or tried making a macaron, you know that this saying can’t be any truer. I like to describe them as money in cookie form in the 21st century, since you need to pay what seems like a fortune for what seems like just a dinky little piece of sweet. But after you try one, you’ll realize that every won was worth it.
Macaron joints have been expanding like none other in Seoul, and ㅅㄹ ㅅㄹ (pronounced 실론살롱/ Salon de Ceylon) is one of my favorite ones in the city.
I also tried their carrot cake and their milk tea, which they are known for. I enjoyed the carrot cake, but I can say I’ve definitely had better. The texture was a little too dry and the cream cheese frosting was not as rich as I expected it to be. Their milk teas are not the average ones watered down with sugar water, but some legit ones without additives.
The purple one is early grey flavored, the pink one was raspberry, and the white ones were vanilla. I believe that the filling is the lifeline of a macaron. It’s all about that finding that delicate balance between overly chewy rice cake style filling as most Koreans butcher the filling, and a creamy mess of glob. I found these to be exactly right. Although not pictured, there is outdoor seating on concrete floor that can seat about 4 people, which is a level higher than the ground. It’s perfect for a summer night, with the cool breeze blowing, and chatting with friends and family over some bomb macarons and deep milk tea.
LOCATION: Mapo-gu, Yunnamdong 227-15
OPERATING HOURS: Mon/Wed-Sunday 1PM-10PM (Closed on Tuesdays)