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.

Lunch Menu

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Sandwiches

all sandwiches served with a side salad.
*add tots for $2

  • Pork Belly Banh Mi
    12
    crispy roast pork, thai chili jam, mixed herbs, jalapeno

     

  • “Fili” Cheesesteak
    15
    filet mignon, ponzu butter, provolone cheese, grilled onion
  • Bone Marrow Burger
    14
    grass fed beef patties, bone marrow butter, bacon jam

     

Bowls

*add fried egg $1.50

  • Shaken Beef
    14
    filet mignon, white rice, pickled radish, crispy shallot, watercress & tomato salad

     

  • Thai BBQ Pork
    12
    white rice, crispy shallot, crispy garlic, mixed herbs, pickled cucumber salad

     

  • Fried Chicken Adobo
    12
    garlic rice, crispy shallots, crispy garlic, pickled onion, pickled cucumber

     

  • KBBQ Tofu
    9
    white rice, grilled kimchi, pickled white radish, mixed herbs

     

Salads

  • Farmer’s Market Salad
    10
    chef’s daily selection of the freshest farmers market produce

    *add chicken – 4

     

  • Tandoori Chicken Salad
    12
    mixed greens, radish, yogurt-herb dressing, cilantro, nuts

Sizzling Platter

  • Filet Mignon
    16
    cognac pepper sauce, albodingas meatball, longanesa sausage, fried egg, french baguette

     

Sides

  • Thai Tots
    3
  • Ooey Gooey Tots
    6
  • Brussel Sprouts
    5
  • Carrots
    4
  • Pickled Egg
    2.5

Drinks

  • Daily Agua Fresca
  • Coffee
  • Freshly Brewed/House Brewed Iced Tea
  • Perrier

Dinner Menu

Munchies

  • THAI SPICE BAR NUTS
    4
    roasted cashews & peanuts, thai chili, thai basil
  • BREAD & BEEF BUTTER
    5
    “dad’s steak rub”, grilled rustic sourdough, pickled red onion
  • KATSU PORTOBELLO FRIES
    16
    bonito, katsu sauce, maggi ranch
  • UMAMI TOTS
    5
    house seasoning, vadouvan aioli

  • DRUNK MUSSELS
    16
    seasonal craft beer, kielbasa sausage, whole grain mustard aioli, grilled bread
  • CRISP SALMON BELLY
    14
    seasonal fruit, serrano, mixed fresh herbs, fennel, fish sauce vinaigrette
  • BLUE CRAB BEIGNET
    16
    maryland blue crab, chipotle aioli
  • SHRIMP TAQUITOS
    9
    shrimp, ginger, garlic, aji verde
  • SALT & PEPPER WINGS
    10
    wings, green onion, fresno, jalapeno, garlic, satay sauce
  • FRIED CALAMARI
    12
    shin-cup seasoning, yuzu kosho ranch
  • ROASTED BONE MARROW
    9
    roti bread, chimichurri
  • BONE MARROW MAC & CHEESE
    18
    bacon jam, mozzarella, swiss, cheddar, gruyère, white parmesan

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

Plates

  • SPICY FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH
    12
    fried chicken, gochujang glaze, yuzu kosho ranch, pickled green tomato
  • BACON BOURBON BURGER
    16
    nueskes bacon, bourbon onion jam, pickles, provolone, whole grain mustard aioli    
  • VAMPIRO DE REZ
    16
    braised brisket, oaxaca cheese, tomatillo, avocado crema, charred scallion crema
  • SPAGHETTI RAGU
    18
    pork shoulder ragu, mozzarella, sieved egg, parmesan
  • DUCK CONFIT NOODLES
    21
    chinese five spice cured duck leg, garlic noodles, bok choy, mirin, smoked shoyu
  • TOMAHAWK
    125
    40oz  bone-in ribeye, ponzu butter, charred red onion, grilled cabbage, crispy potatoes
  • PIG HEAD
    58
    confit half pig head ssam, kimchi fried rice,  sweet & spicy vinegar

Greens

  • BURRATA
    12
    heirloom cherry tomatoes, ‘njuda vinaigrette, charred scallion powder, mint, basil, breadcrumb 

    *sour dough +2 (add on)

  • SPROUTS
    12
    brussel, lap cheong, hazelnut, brown butter, lemon, parmesan
  • BEET SALAD
    12
    beet medley, green apple, blue cheese, toasted almond, honey vinaigrette
  • CAESAR SALAD
    12
    classic caesar dressing, evoo croutons, parmesan, lemon
  • BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER
    14
    roasted rainbow cauliflower, red chili glaze, fresno chili, onion creme fraiche
  • PORK JOWL PAPAYA SALAD
    14
    green papaya, daikon, carrot, nuoc mam, peanuts, herbs, sesame

  • CHEESE CORN
    13
    white corn esquites, oaxaca cheese, jalapeno, cotija, cilantro     *bone marrow +6 (add on)

To Finish

  • CEREAL MILK CREME BRULEE
    8
    crushed cereal, seasonal berry
  • STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
    9
    housemade shortcake, yuzu macerated strawberry, basil cream
  • BLONDIE
    9
    butterscotch brownie, salted caramel sauce, vanilla bean

Local Classics

  • Orange Bang! Bang!
    10
    bitter liquor, fresh pressed valencia orange  juice
  • Moscow Mule
    14
    lemon and ginger infused vodka, lime juice, ginger beer
  • Passion Margarita
    14
    tequila blanco, passion fruit, orange liqueur, lime, volcanic salt
  • Mojito
    14
    mint infused cuban rum blend, lime, aromatic bitter
  • Penicillin
    14
    blended scottish whiskey, islay single malt scottish whiskey, black tea tincture, lemon, ginger, honey
  • Clover Club
    14
    gin, raspberry cordial, dry vermouth, lemon, egg white
  • Manhattan
    12
    rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, house blend aromatic bitter, orange zest

Signature Cocktails

  • Yvonne
    16
    earthy + refreshing

    mezcal, rum, superior cream sherry, beet, almond, nutmeg

  • Shiso Horny
    14
    dry + refreshing

    gin, lychee liqueur, brut, shiso leaf

  • Mt. Olympus
    14
    creamy + fresh

    vodka, bitter liquor, mascarpone, greek yogurt, pineapple, honey, citrus

  • Watermelon Kewler
    16
    fruity + light smoky

    powers irish whiskey, los altos tequila, grilled watermelon, strawberry, amontillado sherry

     

  • Seasonal Bramble
    14
    tart + boozy
    vodka or gin, seasonal berry, lemon
  • El Dorado
    16
    tropical + spiced   

    vanilla infused demarara rum, caramelized pineapple, drambuie, caribbean bitter, roasted shaved coconut

  • Lion’s Den
    14
    spiced + sour

    rye whiskey, irish whiskey, pimiento dram, cinnamon, citrus, nutmeg & egg white

Old Fashioned

  • Classic Old Fashioned
    12

    bourbon or rye, demerara sugar, house blend aromatic bitter, lemon & orange peel

  • Hamilton
    14

    demarara rum, rye whiskey, toasted coconut cordial, nutmeg

  • Rusty Nail
    12

    blended malt scottish whiskey, drambuie, lemon peel

  • Smoke & Mirrors
    14
    blended bourbon whiskey, demarara rum, house blend bitters, hickory smoke 
  • Vieux Carré
    14

    cognac, rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, benedictine, peychauds & aromatics bitter, cherry

  • Recess Room Old Fashioned
    22
    blend of japanese whiskeys, house blend aromatic bitter, orange & lemon  peel

Frozen Drinks

  • Frozé
    14
    fruity + tart + refreshing
    vodka, french aperitif,  sparkling rose wine, fresh strawberries  
  • Piña Colada
    14

    sweet + fruity

    white rum, coconut milk, pineapple, roasted shaved coconut

  • Miami Vice
    14

    tart + fruity
    blend of froze & piña colada

Mocktails

add booze! $6.00

  • OJ
    5
    fresh pressed valencia orange
  • Sayulita
    8
    cucumber, thai basil, toasted coconut, citrus, seltzer water
  • Waikiki
    8
    pineapple, strawberry, ginger, grenadine, nutmeg
  • Almond Joy
    8
    almonds, grapefruit, honey, cinnamon
  • Virgin Michelada
    6

    togarashi, petroleum mix, lime, seltzer

Craft Beers

  • OKTOBERFEST-MARZEN// 12 oz.
    9.5
    garage brewing company// temecula, ca

    lager w/german malts, roasty finish// abv 4.5

  • LAGER OF THE LAKES// 16 oz.
    8
    bell’s brewrey// comstock, mi

    refreshing & crisp// abv 5.0

  • SCURVEZA MEXICAN LAGER// 16 oz.
    8
    noble ale works// anaheim, ca

    lime infused Mexican style lager// abv 5.7

  • CHAPMAN CRAFTED PILS// 16 oz.
    8
    chapman crafted beer//  orange, ca

    crisp, quenching, classic// abv 5.2

  • GOLDEN CHILD HEFEWEIZEN// 16 oz.
    8
    bitter brothers brewing// san diego, ca

    traditional bavarian wheat beer// abv 5.2

  • PEACH ALE// 16 oz.
    8.5
    four peaks brewing company// tempe, az

    golden ale made with fresh peaches// abv 4.5

  • BERRY ROSE CIDER// 16 oz.
    8
    ace cider// sebastopol, ca

    raspberry, blackberry, & strawberry blend// abv 5.0

  • PENNY WEISSE// 10 oz.
    9
    black plague brewery// oceanside, ca

    berliner weisse with black berry// abv 4.5

  • BOG TROTTER RED ALE// 16 oz.
    8
    artifex brewing company// san clemente, ca

    caramel, roasted malts// abv 5.0

  • SLOW RISER: COFFEE RED ALE NITRO// 16 oz.
    9.5
    chapman crafted beer// orange, ca

    holiday blend, roasty, smooth, percolating// abv 5.1

  • AMERICAN BEAUTY PALE ALE// 16 oz.
    8.5
    dogfish head craft brewery// milton, de

    granola & succulent wildflower honey// abv 6.5

  • AVATAR JASMINE IPA // 16 oz
    11
    elysian brewing co// seattle, wa

    floral on the nose, ho// abv 6.3

  • LUPONIC DISTORTION #13 IPA// 16 oz.
    9
    firestone walker brewing co// paso robles, ca

    pina colada, key lime, nectarine// abv 5.9

  • HAMMERHEAD DIPA// 16. oz
    9.5
    latitude 33 brewing// vista, ca

    2-time winner at bistro dipa festival// abv 8.6

  • LONGFELLOW DIPA// 16 oz.
    9
    ambitious ale// long beach, ca

    west coast ipa w/ citra hops // abv 8.5

  • KNUCKLE SANDWICH DIPA// 12 oz.
    8.5
    bootleggers brewery// fullerton, ca

    colossal hop, aggressive aroma // abv 10.0

  • W00TSTOUT// 10 oz.
    9
    stone brewing company// escondido, ca

    imperial complex superhero version // abv 11.5

  • KALAMAZOO STOUT// 16 oz.
    9
    bell’s brewery// comstock, mi

    full bodied with dark chocolate and coffee // abv 6

  • COUNTERPARTS BALTIC PORTER// 16 oz.
    8
    chapman crafted// orange, ca

    dark brown with a creamy head//abv 7.5

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

    dense, fruity bouquet, thick body// abv 15

  • JUNESHINE KOMBUCHA// 12oz // abv 6
    6
  • JUNESHINE KOMBUCHA// 16oz // abv 6
    8.5

Wines

  • HOUSE RED SEASONAL
    8 g / 24 b
    varies

     

  • FORTRESS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
    14 g / 42 b
    sonoma

     

  • CAMBRIA PINOT NOIR 2015
    16 g / 48 b
    santa maria valley

     

  • VELVET DEVIL MERLOT 2014
    8 g / 24 b
    washington
  • ANGULO INNOCENTI MALBEC 2015
    12 g / 36 b
    argentina
  • NAVARRO CORREAS RED BLEND 2017
    10 g / 30 b
    argentina
  • HOUSE WHITE SEASONAL
    8 g / 24 b
    varies
  • CAMBRIA CHARDONNAY 2014
    10 g / 33 b
    santa maria valley
  • BENVOLIO PINOT GRIGIO 2016
    9 g / 27 b
    italy
  • CROWDED HOUSE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
    10 g / 30 b
    marlborough

     

  • GRANDIAL BLANC DE BLANCS SPARKLING
    8 g / 24 b
    france

     

  • MICHELLE BRUT SPARKLING
    8 g / 24 b
    washington

     

  • THOMAS JEFFERSON BRUT ROSE SPARKLING
    10 g / 30 b
    france

     

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

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Location

The Recess Room

Reservations

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Phone reservations: (714) 377-0398