On the southeast shore of South Korea lies Pohang, a small port city and summertime destination. It is home to chaebol conglomerate POSCO, or as it was formerly known, Pohang Iron and Steel Company. The popular Yeongildae Beach (영일대해수욕장) is a busy spot for visiting families to soak in the sun. Along this beach are many bars, seafood restaurants, hotels, and Roaster K, a bakery and café. I stopped in on August 13 for a bite to eat.
My significant other, Ms. R, and I wanted to see the beach before we headed back to Seoul in the evening. As we strolled by the strip, we were very surprised at how many restaurants, bars, and cafés were not open during the day. Despite being a weekend in mid-August, perhaps Sundays or afternoons are not peak hours for eating in the area.
Being a sucker for anything cookies and cream, I ordered the “Cookie & Cream Frappuccino” with a brownie. Ms. R decided upon an Earl Grey milktea latte with a croissant. Our food items were served on a platter with whipped cream.
The café has two sections — one with tables and chairs and one where people can sit on mats on the floor. The latter is popular in traditional Korean restaurants, but it was a bit unusual for a café. As in traditional Korean restaurants, you are expected to remove your shoes before sitting on the mats; however, this is not required for the chair and tables section.
The “Cookie & Cream Frappuccino” hit the spot. There was the right balance of shaved ice and flavor. It came with an Oreo cookie on top for good measure, as well. The brownie was rich in chocolatey flavor, but I was not fond of the nuts inside. The chocolate chips added diversity to the texture of the item.
Ms. R enjoyed her milktea latte, noting that its presentation was really gorgeous. She noted that the croissant was buttery and light, but pointed out that it was not terribly crisp. While it was not a bad product overall, it was a bit lackluster for a café that markets itself as providing bakery services.
Roaster K is a nice local café along the beach. As it was open on Sunday, it is fair to call its hours convenient, relative to many other restaurants in the neighborhood. The drinks and baked goods will not leave you unhappy. If you want to get out of the sun on a hot summer day, check out this café.
Tasteless | Bad | Okay | >> Good << | Tasty
Name (Korean): 로스터 케이
Name (Official English): Roaster K
Name (Romanized): “Roaster K
Name (Translated): “Roaster K”
Credit Cards? Yes
Apple Pay [?]? No
Reservations? Yes (for the bakery)
Take out? Yes
Outside seating? Yes
Wheelchair friendly? No
Dogs allowed? ???
Bike parking? Yes
Car parking? Yes
Address (Korean) 경상북도 포항시 북구 해안로 73
Address (English) 73, Haean-ro, Buk-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do