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A perfect burger, lasagna, and moreSurf-themed eatery Soesokkak Stone Café makes the grade
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Neighboring the Soesokkak Estuary and confluence of Jeju Olle trails 5 and 6 is the Soesokkak Stone Café, a small, stone and surf-themed restau-rant with a chill ambiance and delicious Western dishes that will surely satisfy the burger lover in you. Strategically located along the famous Jeju Olle trails, this coastal café is ready to satisfy hungry hikers, surfers, travelers, and locals alike.

Upon entering the Soesokkak Stone Café, the homey aroma of Western food pleasantly greets customers as they find their seat. In agreement with the surfing theme are the menus written on surfboard pins, handmade by restaurant manager and surfing enthusiast Park Min-ho. With projected surfing videos, picnic style tables, and a number of books to read — including a small English section with travel magazines and cookbooks — the Soesokkak Stone Café offers a cozy atmosphere for customers where they can enjoy some of the West’s most famous dishes.

▲ Photo by Jessica Sicard

With more than 10 years of experience cooking Western food, chef Nam Hoon-woo whips up a number of authentic dishes that are difficult to find in Korea. According to Park, the biggest crowd pleasers are the Hawaiian burger, the lasagna, and the seafood salad, so The Weekly decided to try all three.

As a self-proclaimed burger expert, I was particularly interested in trying the burger, and I am pleased to report that it exceeded my expectations. The Hawaiian burger is a perfectly grilled burger — juicy but thoroughly cooked — topped with cheese, a slice of grilled pineapple and onions, and served with a side of crispy French fries.

▲ Photo by Jessica Sicard
▲ Photo by Jessica Sicard

The lasagna, Nam’s favorite, was also a delight with a meaty sauce, eggplant, a thick layer of cream cheese and a side of bread. The seafood salad, featuring mixed greens, fruits of the sea, and pomegranate seeds over a fantastic quesadilla with real cheese and onions, tasted like a hybrid of the West and Korea. While I did not sample the Original Burger, this is also said to be a tasty option and Park’s personal favorite. The menu at Soesokkak Stone Café changes periodically, about every three to four months, in an effort to dazzle customers with exciting new choices and to keep things interesting for Nam and Park.

Condiments available include A1 steak sauce, Tabasco sauce, mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard. All drinks are non-alcoholic, but the café makes up for this by making Mountain Dew available.

Nam and Park run the entire restaurant themselves, with Park as the restaurant manager and server, and Nam as the chef. North Gyeongsang province natives, Nam and Park moved to Seoul to work at Gecko’s and then to Jeju Island to help open the Gecko’s in Jungmun. The two decided to open a restaurant together where they could continue to do what they do well in a location particularly convenient for surfers, next door to a surfboard rental shop. As the seating capacity for the Soesokkak Stone Café is capped at 25, Park and Nam recom-mend making reservations for customers traveling from afar.

For more information about the Soesokkak Stone Café, search for them on Facebook
(Interpretation by Kim Jung Lim)

Soesokkak Stone Café
999 Hahyo-dong, Seogwipo City
Phone: 070-4146-1775
Hours: Mon – Tues: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thurs-Sun: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
(closed Wednesdays)

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