So after passing Milkcow more than a few times on our trips to Gangnam, we decided to stop after our trip to Julio and grab a quick dessert. I wish there was a little more to write about, but there really isn’t that much to say. Imagine an ice cream parlor made sweet love to a Paris Baguette and out came Milkcow. Anyway, after a Mexican lunch we decided to hit it up for some sweet goodness.
How to get there: Milkcow is on the same side of the alley as Brick Oven New York Pizzaria. The easiest way to get there is to take the subway to Gangnam station (Line 2) and depart from Exit 11. Up ahead in the distant you will see a giant CGV movie theatre on your right. You will probably walk about 4 – 5 minutes. Once you get to the theatre make a right and start walking up the hill. It will take you about 2 – 3 minutes to get to Milkcow on your left.
Atmosphere and Service: Milkcow is a very perplexing establishment. I don’t know if they really have an identity. On one hand, the interior is that of a Paris Baguette with refrigerated cold drinks pre-packaged sandwiches, various baked goods and finally small jars of jams and jellies at extraordinary prices. On the other hand, the signage and ice cream section conjures up images of a 1950’s ice cream parlor. So, basically what I’m saying is Milkcow has the identity crisis of a 15-year-old goth kid. That said, it was a clean goth kid.
Milkcow has accomplished something that no other ice cream parlor has in the history of ice cream making. They actually do not use any refrigeration units to cool their ice cream. Instead, the coldness from the servers are what keeps the ice cream from melting. Fabulous invention! Yes? I get that Milkcow is a semi-chain around Korea, so I know that service isn’t going to be as important as a mom and pop shop, but still, would it kill you to smile and say thank you?
Ice Cream: Today we ordered the Black Pearl, Milky Honey and Milky Peace ice creams.
Black Pearl (4,500KRW): Okay, so the first thing that I observed was that all of our ice creams were pretty small. Normally, I wouldn’t mind as long as the quality was there, and for the most part it was, but damn, for almost 5 dollars, I polished off my ice cream in about 2 minutes. Despite that, all the ice cream was really tasty. The Black Pearl was drizzled with Gianduia Syrup and sprinkled with organic salt. I love the balance of salt and sweet. It was a delightful three bites.
Milky Peace (4,800KRW): The Milky Peace consisted of Pistachio sauce, sunflower seeds and cashew clusters. The cashews were a little small, and Jill would have preferred more. The ice cream itself was sweet and soft. The ice cream was smooth and had the fresh, dairy flavor. There was a natural sweetness which complimented the pistachios. Some of the nicest soft ice cream I’ve had in Korea.
Milky Honey (4,3000KRW): Jill and I both noticed that the honey was being processed behind the counter. They were extracting the honey from the comb. It was an interesting process to watch. The honey was sweet, drizzled nicely on the ice cream. A little chunky, but nothing to complain about. The sweetness of natural, fresh off the comb honey is just a fantastic culinary experience. The honey is so fresh and so sweet it tickles the tongue and pulls at the heart. I love honey.
Value: No drinks. No extra food. We dished out 13,000KRW for a very small portion of ice cream. Now, there is quality there, but the value is lacking. The cups couldn’t have been more than 4oz. So, if you really wanted to engorge yourself on ice cream, watch romantic comedies and cry about your love life, then you might want to hit up a Baskin Robbins.
Who Should go to Milkcow: Those with a little extra cash to spend and a small appetite will love the delicious and tiny portions of Milkcow.
Who Should Avoid Milkcow: Having a bad day? Not in the greatest of moods? The shitty attitudes of the servers might push you over the top. You’ve been warned.