About Us

A few words about us

Let us introduce ourselves

One fateful day three decades ago, five boys picked up a game of handball during school recess on a Fountain Valley playground. They grew up together, became life-long friends and pursued their own ambitions. But they shared a deep love for their hometown and dreamed of one day opening a restaurant together where they could share good food, good drinks and reminisce about good times. The Recess Room is their childhood dream come to life.

Menu

Charcuterie

  • 16/25
    Pick 3 or 5 – served with house accoutrements

    acorn prosciutto// la quercia// iowa                                               ellie’s vintage 2 yr reserve blue cheese// shaft’s// ca

    mortadella pistachio// olympia provisions// oregon  barely buzzed cheddar// beehive// utah

    chorizo iberico// fermin// spain                                                       pecorino brillo chianti// il forteto// italy

    saucisson salami// olympia provisions// oregon                        x.o. 26 month gouda// beemster// holland

    white truffle salami// angel’s// ca                                                   goat brie// laura chenel// ca

     

To Snack

  • SPROUTS
    12
    brussels, lap cheong, hazelnut, brown butter, lemon, pecorino romano
  • POTATO WEDGES
    5
    house seasoning, vadouvan aioli
  • FRIED GREEN TOMATO
    8
    pickled green tomato, calabrian chili aioli
  • EMPANADA
    6
    longanisa, atchara, fish sauce cured egg yolk mayo
  • BLUE CRAB BEIGNET
    13
    maryland blue crab, mascarpone, chipotle aioli
  • FRIED CALAMARI
    12
    shin-cup seasoning, yuzu kosho ranch

To Start

  • BEET SALAD
    12
    pickled beet medley, compressed apple, blue cheese, toasted almond, honey vinaigrette
  • HONEY GEM
    12
    honey gem lettuce, blue cheese dressing radish, heirloom cherry tomato, celery, “fried chicken shake”
  • TREVISO SALAD
    12
    farmers market lettuce, chorizo breadcrumbs, ricotta salt, pistachio, tarragon vinaigrette
  • ROASTED BONE MARROW
    17
    roti bread, chimichurri
  • BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER
    12
    roasted rainbow cauliflower, red chili glaze, onion creme fraiche
  • CHEESE CORN
    12
    white corn esquires, oaxaca cheese, jalapeño, cotija, cilantro
  • ROASTED BABY EGGPLANTS
    14
    farmers market eggplant, romesco, bagoong vinaigrette, red onion, crispy pig ear
  • BONE MARROW MAC & CHEESE
    18
    bacon jam, mozzarella, swiss, cheddar, gruyere, white parmesan

    *bone marrow luge sherry shot +6 (add on)

To Follow

  • PORK CHEEK SOBA
    21
    beeler pork cheek confit, scorched rice tea, allium salad, radish
  • "WESTERN BACON CHEESE BURGER"
    16
    double beef patty, braised bacon, white bbq sauce, provolone, s&p bun
  • VAMPIRO DE REZ
    16
    braised brisket, oaxaca cheese, tomatillo, avocado cream, charred scallion cream
  • GRILLED SALMON
    21
    cannelloni beans, chinese long beans, beurre blanc, okinawa potatoes, daikon
  • WAGYU SHORT RIB
    27
    green peppercorn chili, horseradish sun choke puree, pickled fresno, cipollini, oyster mushroom
  • SCALLOP PASTA
    32
    coconut broth, lemongrass, coriander, crispy garlic, fish sauce caramel shallots

To Share

  • HALF CHICKEN
    30
    6-hour sous vide chicken, celery root emulsion, gochujang glaze
  • COWBOY STEAK
    125
    wagyu bone-in ribeye, ponzu butter, charred red onion, grilled cabbage, crispy potatoes
  • PIG HEAD
    58
    confit half pig head ssam, kimchi puree, sweet & spicy vinegar, roti

    (Reserve 48 hours in advance highly recommended)

sweets

  • CHOCOLATE TART
    9
    semi-sweet chocolate, peanut brittle, peanut butter semi-freddo
  • COCONUT MATCHA FLAN
    9
    coconut milk, matcha, gingersnap cookie crumble, lime zest
  • CEREAL MILK CREME BRULEE
    8
    crushed cereal, seasonal berry
  • BLONDIE
    9
    butterscotch brownie, almond, salted caramel sauce, vanilla bean

Dessert Cocktails

  • MUSTACHE RIDER
    14
    hennessy, creme de cacao, cream foam, nutmeg

    served in nick and nora

  • DECONSTRUCTED DUDE
    14
    absolut, kalua, cream foam, cinnamon

    served in nick and nora

Seasonal Cocktails

  • SHISO HORNY (dry & refreshing)
    14
    plymouth navy strength gin, prosecco, lychee liqueur, demerara, lime, shiso

    served in coupe

  • Welcome to the Jungle (bitter & fruity)
    16
    novo-fogo aged, hamilton ny, campari infused pineapple skins &
    grapefruit, montenegro, sherry amontillado, honey & herbal bitter
  • Trick or Treat Yo’self (fluffy & sharp)
    14
    chivas 12 year, hennessey v.s. , los altos reposado, bianco vermouth
    cranberry & wine reduction, egg white, vanilla herb, walnut & rhubarb
  • Dill or no Dill (smooth & herbal)
    14
    barsol pisco infused chamomile, absolut elyx, strega, dry vermouth,
    absinthe, crème de menthe, honeydew cordial, dill, cream
  • Monkey Business (slightly smoky & complex)
    16
    monkey 47, vida mezcal, aperol, kings ginger, fernet branca, carrot
    cordial, genmaicha tea, lemongrass, thai-chili, winter melon bitter
  • Pumk - Fiction (fragrant & spiced) (Served cold or warm)
    14
    Jameson black barrel infused fig, stout, stumptown hairbender
    coffee, pumpkin ale froth, pumkin spice (Served cold or warm) 
  • Seasonal Frozen Cocktails
    14
    ask your server
  • House Clarified Milk Punch (smooth & silky)
    20
    too many ingredients to list, trust us it’s delicious!!
  • Passionate Affair (fresh & cheerful)
    100
    absolute elyx, smith & cross, rittenhouse, beach plum, maraschino
    liquor, falernum, angostura, pernod absinthe, passion fruit, grapefruit
    cordial, lime oils, prosecco, nutmeg (recommended 6-8 guests) 

Aromatic Cocktails

  • Recess Room Old Fashioned (strong & nutty)
    22
    hibiki harmony, rittenhouse rye, hennessy, demerara, angostura
  • SMOKE & MIRRORS (smoky & buttery)
    14
    canadian butter fat wash lot 40 rye, angostura, demerara

    served with big rock in old fashioned// smoked

  • The Black Pearl (bitter & bold)
    16
    plantation 5 star rum, black strap rum, campari, celery bitters, red
    wine
  • Seven Deadly Sins (chocolatey & smoky)
    18
    chivas 12, olmeca altos reposado, banana liqueur, cacao, blend of
    sherry, laphroig, averna amaro
  • Jean-Claude PANDAN! (spiced & fragrant)
    16
    japanese whiskey, martell blue swift, pear brandy, pandan infused
    scotch
  • Summer Lips (refreshing & full bodied) *featured on liquor.com!*
    16
    absolut elyx, lillet, dry curaçao, dry vermouth, chardonnay, orange
  • Your Cardamom (aromatic & earthy)
    18
    west cork 10 irish whiskey, amaro nonino, sotol, agave, cardamom
  • Divey, but not really, Old Fashioned (bitter & sweet)
    18
    balvenie 12, whistle pig 10, maraschino, angostura, chocolate

craft beers

  • PC PILS// 16 oz.
    8.5
    founders brewing co.// grand rapids, mi

    crisp, clean, crushable// abv 5.5

  • PEACH GOSE// 16 oz.
    9
    St. archer brewing co.// san diego, ca

    refreshing tart, fruity, salt character// abv 4.7

  • BEER TO DRINK MUSIC TO BLONDE// 16 oz.
    9.5
    dogfish head craft brewery// milton, de

    tropical, kiwi juice, floral hibiscus notes// abv 6.8

  • CALIFORNIA AMBER// 16 oz.
    8
    ballast point brewing company// san diego, ca

    a rich copper ESB// abv 5.5

  • ZEST APPEAL BELGIAN ALE// 12 oz.
    8
    chapman crafted beer// orange, ca

    bright, fruity, zesty// abv 7.7

  • INDIAN BROWN ALE // 16 oz.
    9
    dogfish head craft brewery// milton, de

    sweet malt, mild bitterness// abv 7.2

  • DIVINE BELGIQUE TRIPEL// 12 oz.
    10
    green flash brewing co// san diego, ca

    trappist ale with spicy-fruity notes// abv 8.5

  • AUNT SALLY SOUR ALE// 16 oz.
    8.5
    lagunitas brewing company// petaluma, ca

    sweet, tart and sassy// abv 5.7

  • CURMUDGEON OLD ALE// 10 oz.
    8.5
    founders brewing company// grand rapids, mi

    molasses brewed, malt bill focus, oak aged// abv 9.8

  • NEW DOGTOWN PALE ALE// 16 oz.
    8
    lagunitas brewing company// petaluma, ca

    thirst quenching hop flavor, crisp finish// abv 6.2

  • ALPHA MASTER PALE ALE// 16 oz.
    9
    beachwood bbq & brewery// long beach, ca

    pale ale using cen, columbus, and sim hops// abv 5.6

  • NOM NOM MANGO HEFEWEIZEN// 16 oz.
    8
    barley forge brewing co// costa mesa, ca

    balance of malt, sweetness, and biterness// abv 5.8

  • AVATAR JASMINE IPA// 16 oz.
    8.5
    elysian brewing company// seattle, wa

    floral nose, elegant balance// abv 6.3

  • CHAMPY’S NEW GROOVE IPA // 16 oz.
    8.5
    bootleggers brewery// fullerton, ca

    moderately strong, clean// abv 7.0

  • UNION JACK IPA// 16 oz.
    8.5
    firestone brewing company// paso robles, ca

    aggressively hoppy, bold citrus// abv 7

  • HABITUS DIPA // 16 oz.
    8.5
    mike hess brewing// san diego, ca

    high gravity, crisp and spicy rye DIPA// abv 8.0

  • LEO VS URSUS FORTEM DIPA// 12 oz.
    9
    firestone walker brewing co// paso robles, ca

    citrus forward, mild, approachable bitterness// abv 8.2

  • 90 MINUTE DIPA// 12 oz.
    9
    dogfish head craft brewery// milton, de

    malt backbone with extreme hopping rate // abv 9.2

  • BLACK ROBUSTO PORTER // 16 oz.
    7.50
    drake’s brewing co// san leandro, ca

    bittersweet chocolate, touch of spicy// abv 6.3

  • IMPERIAL STOUT // 12 oz.
    10
    founders brewing co.// grand rapids, mi

    smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body // abv 10.5

  • RISER RED ALE NITRO// 16 oz.
    8.5
    chapman crafted beer// orange, ca

    roasty, smooth, percolating// abv 5.7

  • BRETTA ROSE// 10 oz.
    13
    firestone walker brewing co// paso robles, ca

    wheat ale fermented with raspberries// abv 5.3

  • FAT HOG BARLEYWINE// 10 oz.
    10
    ritual brewing co// redlands, ca

    dense, fruity bouquet, thick body// abv 15

wines

  • BOGLE CABERNET SAUVIGON 2015
    8 g / 24 b
    Central Coast
  • TWENTY ROWS CABERNET SAUVIGON 2015
    13 g / 39 b
    Napa
  • FORTRESS CABERNET SAUVIGON 2013
    14 g / 42 b
    sonoma
  • RITA’S EARTH PINOT NOIR 2015
    12 g / 36 b
    santa rita hills
  • VELVET DEVIL MERLOT 2014
    8 g / 24 b
    washington
  • ANGULO INNOCENTI MALBEC 2015
    12 g / 36 b
    argentina
  • COTES DU RHONE BLEND 2012
    10 g / 30 b
    France
  • TERRA VALENTINE CABERNET SAUVIGON 2015
    70b
    napa
  • THE COUNSELOR CABERNET SAUVIGON 2013
    70b
    alexander valley
  • PALIE WINE CO. TOWER 15 CABERNET RESERVE 2013
    75b
    paso robles
  • TREANA RED BLEND 2014
    80b
    paso robles
  • BAEHNER FOURNIER CABERNET SAUVIGON 2013
    85b
    napa
  • STEMMLER PINOT NOIR 2013
    80b
    carneros
  • ADELSHEIM PINOT NOIR 2014
    60b
    willamette valley
  • DE LOACH CHARDONNAY 2015
    8 g / 24 b
    russian valley
  • OBERON CHARDONNAY 2015
    11 g / 33 b
    carneros
  • CAMBRIA CHARDONNAY 2015
    10 g / 33 b
    santa maria valley
  • BENVOLIO PINOT GRIGIO 2015
    9 g / 27 b
    italy
  • THOMAS JEFFERSON BRUT ROSE 2014
    10 g / 30 b
    france
  • MT BEAUTIFUL SAUVIGON BLANC 2015
    10 g / 30 b
    new zealand
  • KUNG FU GIRL RIESLING 2015
    8 g / 24 b
    washington
  • MICHELLE BRUT SPARKLING
    8 g / 24 b
    washington
  • RUFFINO PROSECCO 2015
    8 g / 24 b
    italy
  • MICHELLE BRUT SPARKLING
    8 g / 24 b
    washington
  • OPERA PRIMA SPARKLING
    6 g / 18 b
    spain
  • RUFFINO PROSECCO 2015
    8 g / 24 b
    Italy
  • STREV MOSCATO D’ASTI
    8 g / 30 b
    Italy

* Food and beer menu subject to change without notice, please call the restaurant for most updated menu *

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Phone reservations: (714) 377-0398