Strawberry, I ❤ you.
There’s an amazing phenomenon that happens in Seoul during the winter strawberry season. The grand hotels of this great city decided several years ago that just buying strawberries in the local mart was not enough to truly enjoy this delicious season. So, as if in protest, they all began having gorgeous strawberry buffets all around the city.
Just do a search for strawberry buffets in Seoul and you’ll see examples from the Intercontinental, Lotte Hotel, Renaissance Seoul and the JW Marriott. And it was at the last one, the JW Marriot, I found myself last weekend, much to my inner child’s delight!
The Salon de Ddalki (Strawberry Salon) was every girl’s pink paradise. They knew exactly who they were catering to and I have to give them ample admiration for that. Seoul may be the only place in the world who could properly do a retro French theme of Barbie proportions like Salon de Ddalki. The place was covered in girly goo love from the pink color of the server’s princess cut dresses, to the strawberry pillows, the Barbie dolls adorning every table and the giant macaron embellished wedding cake upon entering.
I’m sure guys would love to come snack on the strawberry goodness, but if they don’t revel in the color pink and dolls with classic b*tch face, they will probably have as much fun there as they would at a Hello Kitty Cafe.
However…if you do enjoy pink, can appreciate a well placed doll and love strawberries…you have come to the right place.
Salon de Ddalki runs through May 16th. You must call for reservations.
Cost: 38,000 won
Directions from Subway: Take Line 3 (orange) to Dongdaemun Station and use either Exit 8 or 9 and go to the first floor lobby.
Address: JW Marriott Dongdaemun Seoul Square
279, Jongno-gu, 청계천로 종로6가 Seoul, 서울특별시