Orange County's Favorite Dining Event Returns! It only happens once a year, get ready to eat…
Last week was Orange County Restaurant Week so there wasn’t much cooking going on in the She’s Cookin’ Kitchen. OC Restaurant Week gives local foodies a chance to enjoy specially priced prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner at over 100 participating restaurants. The specialty menus usually consisted of three courses at lunch for $10, $15 or $20 depending on the restaurant and four courses at dinner for $20 or $30.
I live in Huntington Beach and restaurant week gave me the chance to check out two local restaurants. The first was Zimzala at the Shorebreak Hotel in the exciting new downtown development called The Strand. The Shorebreak is a Joie de Vivre hotel and is described on their website as: “The ultimate Southern California beach experience with a contemporary twist. Shorebreak Hotel, in Huntington Beach, combines the relaxed, sun-drenched spirit of an Orange County coastline hotel with edgy modern accents”. I loved the mid-century modern, meets contemporary beach aesthetic.
It was a Monday so the hotel wasn’t busy and I was able to chat with the ladies at the front desk and Megan, the sales manager. I loved the vibe and immediately thought that it would be a cool place to have a graduation dinner celebration for my daughter in June. My lunch date, Marcie aka Suburban Mama and her son Milo arrived and we were seated. All the staff was extremely friendly in that low-key beachy way
The lunch was three courses beginning with an ultra rich cream of celery soup and ending with a decadent dessert of chocolate ganache served with thin slices of grilled sourdough bread brushed with olive oil and sea salt – the contrast of the sweet and salty did a dance on your taste buds. There were three choices for the entree and we both selected the grilled cheese on toasted brioche with monterey jack cheese, applewood -smoked bacon, avocado and tomato served with thin french fries. Everything was delicious, presented elegantly and with attention to detail. In fact, I was blown away by the tea “service” that accompanied my ice tea – served with lemon, raw sugar, regular sugar, artificial sweeteners served in a petite silver pot, and a flacon of simple syrup! I felt remiss in not using any of it!
I’ll definitely be returning to Zimzala with my husband and highly recommend it for the coastal Mediterranean food, ambiance, and proximity to the beach where you can enjoy a walk aprés dining and revel in the beauty of beach life. Check out their menus here.