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The Recess Room

18380 Brookhurst St. (Ellis Ave.) Send to Phone
The gastropub concept gets refreshingly re-energized at this sleek yet approachable Fountain Valley venue.

Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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The Recess Room, Fountain Valley, CA

The Recess Room Restaurant Review

: Fountain Valley is known for mundane chains and modest hole-in-the-wall joints. It makes it an unlikely spot for a hip, if not important, gastropub to materialize. Yet this sleek, comfortable spot seems destined to cajole those in the know to the quiet bedroom community. The venue welcomes them with a bright, breezy space adorned with light woods, colorful artwork and a long bar that peers into respective whiskey and wine lockers. Executive chef Sam Green extends the convivial ambience by crafting an exciting menu that injects culinary vibrancy back into a concept that’s gone astray in recent years. Must-try starters like the beef tendon chicharon with trout roe and the Maryland blue crab and mascarpone-stuffed beignets demonstrate adventurous flair backed by pinpoint flavors. Mains such as the sukiyaki-style outside skirt steak with okra, baby bok choy, shiitake mushrooms and pickled ginger marry familiar tastes with just the right amount of deviation. Groups of fearless eaters will want to tackle the massive Kurobuta pig head with green onion roti and salsa roja. The desserts have a cheery playground element, from the peanut butter and marshmallow fluffer nutter treat to the cereal milk crème brûlée. On Sundays, the brunch crowd gathers to indulge in intriguing dishes like duck confit chilaquiles and cereal-crusted french toast.


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