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

Munchies

  • THAI SPICE BAR NUTS
    4
    roasted cashews & peanuts, thai chili, thai basil
  • MARINATED OLIVES
    7
    evoo, rosemary, thyme, citrus peel, chile de arbol
  • BREAD & BEEF BUTTER
    5
    “dad’s steak rub”, grilled rustic sourdough, pickled red onion
  • CHEF’S CHOICE CHARCUTERIE
    16
    2  cheeses & 1 meat, served with house accoutrements
  • POTATO WEDGES
    5
    house seasoning, vadouvan aioli
  • 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
  • CHICKEN FRIED MUSHROOM
    maitake mushroom, louisiana hot sauce, buttermilk house sauce
  • ROASTED BONE MARROW
    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
  • "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 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
  • PAN ROASTED SALMON
    23
    fish sauce vinaigrette, avocado, coriander, sesame, meyer lemon, citrus salad
  • WHOLE SHORT RIB
    41
    sweet soy glaze, green papaya slaw, mint medley, cashew, peanut, mac salad, steamed rice
  • COWBOY STEAK
    125
    28-day dry aged 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

  • SPROUTS
    12
    brussel, lap cheong, hazelnut, brown butter, lemon, parmesan
  • BEET SALAD
    12
    beet medley, green apple, blue cheese, toasted almond, honey vinaigrette
  • CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD
    12
    soy ginger grilled chicken, iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, carrot, taro chips, sesame vinaigrette
  • BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER
    14
    roasted rainbow cauliflower, red chili glaze, fresno chili, onion creme fraiche

To Finish

  • CHOCOLATE TART
    9
    semi-sweet chocolate, peanut brittle, peanut butter semi-freddo
  • CEREAL MILK CREME BRULEE
    8
    crushed cereal, seasonal berry
  • COOKIES & CREAM
    7
    house chocolate chip cookies, sea salt cream
  • COCONUT MATCHA FLAN
    9
    coconut milk, matcha, gingersnap cookie crumble, lime zest
  • BLONDIE
    9
    butterscotch brownie, salted caramel sauce, vanilla bean

Recess Room Classics

  • Shiso Horny
    14
    plymouth navy strength gin, lychee liqueur, prosecco, shiso leaf
  • Smoke & Mirrors
    14
    contradiction whiskey, zacapa 23 rum, house blend aromatic bitter, hickory smoke

  • White Linen
    14
    beefeater gin, st. germain, mint, cucumber
  • Mary Pickford
    14
    blend of white rums, maraschino liqueur, grenadine, pineapple juice, lime juice, nutmeg
  • Blackberry Bramble
    14
    absolut elyx vodka or beefeater gin, blackberry, lime
  • El Dorado
    zacapa 23 vanilla infused rum, caramelized pineapple, drambuie, caribbean bitter, roasted shaved coconut

Signature Cocktails

  • Yvonne
    16
    del maguey mezcal vida, aquavit, beet, pedro ximénez, black pepper tincture, thai basil

     

  • Let the Party Be-Gin
    14
    hendricks gin, house blend vermouth, basil-fennel cordial, pressed green apple, celery, tonic
  • Adult Yakult
    14
    nankai shochu, coconut milk, pandan leaf, yakult

     

  • Bourbon Banana Sour
    16
    lost republic bourbon, capucana cachaca, sweet vermouth, banana, egg white

     

  • Watermelon Kewler
    16
    powers irish whiskey, los altos tequila, grilled watermelon, strawberry, amontillado sherry

     

Dark Ages

  • It’s LIIT
    18
    oaxaca rum, nikka gin, fernet branca, house mexican cola, prosecco

     

  • El Luchador
    16
    los altos tequila blanco, del maguey mezcal vida, fino sherry, celery, salted ice cube
  • Express Yourself
    16
    kettle one vodka, tequila añejo, mr black cold brew liquer, espresso, aztec chocolate bitter

     

  • The Perfect Storm
    16
    blend of dark rums, jameson black barrel irish whiskey, ginger, porto, sweet vermouth, aromatic bitters, nutmeg

     

  • Mai-Tai
    16
    1944:  [nutty + strong]  
    house aged denizen rum, dry curaçao, orgeat

    1975:  [fruity + sweet]  
    blend of aged rums, pineapple juice, dark rum floater

     

Aromatic Cocktails

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

     

  • Fairy Godfather
    16
    monkey 47 gin, la fe absinthe, lillet blanc, pear brandy, dolin dry vermouth, rhubarb, cabernet sauvignon floater
  • Drunk Monkey
    16
    monkey shoulder scotch, amaro, drambuie, cynar, house vermouth, grapefruit cordial, ginger bitters

     

  • Jean-Claude PANDAN
    16
    martell bleu swift infused pandan leaves, glenfiddich fire & cane, sherry, xtabentún, punt e mes sweet vermouth 

     

  • Divey Old Fashioned
    18
    balvenie 12 scottish whiskey, whistle pig 10 rye, maraschino, angostura, chocolate

Punch Drinks

  • Milk Punch
    22
    too many ingredients to list, trust us it’s delicious!!
  • Punch Drunk Love
    16
    blend jamaican rum, hennessy vs , apricot brandy, citrus, peach liquor, nutmeg
  • Passionate Affair (recommended 6-8 guests)
    16/120
    absolute elyx vodka, pernod absinthe, beach plum, maraschino liquor, falernum, passion fruit, grapefruit cordial, aromatic bitters, prosecco, nutmeg
  • Disco Queen (recommended 6-8 guests)
    16/120
    balcones texas single malt whiskey, banana, cacao, ginger, porto, rhubarb, orange bitter, lemon, nutmeg & rosemary

Frozen Drinks

  • Frozé
    14
    absolut vodka, lillet rouge, sparkling rose wine, fresh strawberries 
  • Thai Tea Slush
    14
    nankai shochu, martell vs, thai milk tea

Craft Beers

  • 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

  • SEAQUENCH ALE GOSE// 16 oz.
    9
    dogfish head craft brewery// milton, de

    chesapeake sea salt, black lime, coriander// abv 4.9

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

    balance of malt, sweetness, &bitterness// abv 5.8

  • BEAUTIFUL BLONDE// 16 oz.
    8
    knee deep brewing company// auburn, ca

    smooth, approachable// abv 4.5

  • GNOEL DE ABBEY HOLIDAY BROWN ALE// 16 oz.
    10
    the lost abbey// san marcos, ca

    espresso, cocoa, & holiday spice// abv 8.5

  • IRISH I WAS A BIT TALLER RED ALE// 16 oz.
    8
    noble ale works// anaheim, ca

    irish red ale// abv 4.3

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

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

  • 22ND ANNIVERSARY STRONG ALE// 10 oz.
    12
    firestone walker brewing co// paso robles, ca

    blend of bourbon, rum, and gin barrels// abv 12.7

  • AMERICAN BEAUTY PALE ALE// 16 oz.
    8.5
    dogfish head craft brewery// milton, degranola & succulent wildflower honey// abv 6.5
  • GRAPEFRUIT SLAM IPA// 10 oz.
    9
    stone brewing company// escondido, ca

    zesty grapefruit, pine resin, and citrus // abv 8+

  • ENJOY BY 4/20/19 DIPA// 12 oz.
    8.5
    stone brewing company// escondido, ca

    intensely hoppy pale ale with 11 diff hops// abv 9.4

  • MIND HAZE IPA// 16 oz.
    9
    firestone walker brewing co//paso robles, ca

    juicy, hazy, tropical flavors// abv 6.2

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

    imperial complex superhero version // abv 11.5

  • HOLIDAVE IMPERIAL STOUT// 12 oz.
    8.5
    artifex brewing company// sna clemente, ca

    coffee, dark cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla // abv 9.7

  • NATIVE TRAILS VANILLA PORTER// 16 oz.
    9
    latitude 33 brewing// vista, ca

    porter brewed w/ vanilla & roasted malt// abv 6.5

  • PEANUT BUTTER CUP PORTER// 16 oz.
    9
    karl strauss brewing co// san diego, ca

    rich layers of smooth pb & dark chocolate// abv 5.6

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

    dense, fruity bouquet, thick body// abv 15

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
  • COTES DU RHONE BLEND 2012
    10 g / 30 b
    france
  • 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
  • MT BEAUTIFUL SAUVIGON BLANC 2015
    10 g / 30 b
    new zealand

     

  • 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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Locations

The Recess Room

Reservations

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Phone reservations: (714) 377-0398