500 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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Zimzala

Neighborhoods: Downtown Huntington Beach
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Lunch, Catering

Zimzala is a Mediterranean, Lunch, and Catering restaurant where most Menuism users came for a romantic date, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped more than 18%.

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Zimzala serves up unpretentious, relaxed cuisine in Huntingt

Defined by http://riptionary.com/, Zimzala means a free-spirited person who finds peace with the sand between their toes. Zimzala opened in April 2009 and is located inside the Shorebreak Hotel right across the street from the beach and wonderful place to unwind. Chef Roy Hendrickson is the perfect chef to the job, with 12 years’ experience in restaurants along Orange County’s beautiful coast. He’s lives in the community and knows the HB palette well. Using local and seasonal ingredients, he has created a masterful set of offerings combining the relaxed comfort food of Huntington Beach, yet mixing different flavors from Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Soft House Made Pretzels

Soft House Made Pretzels topped with sea salt and served with Stone IPA Beer cheese. These amazing pretzels are definitely made in-house. You can smell them baking when someone orders them. You might think you flew to Germany. Yes, these pretzels are that authentic and served hot, right out of the oven! The glaze on the outside was perfect with just the right amount of salt. The crust was chewy with a slightly sweet, fluffy interior and strong pretzel aroma (like fresh-baked sourdough bread). The cheese was a like a fondue with a slight caramelized beer flavor, not too strong and didn’t overpower the pretzel. The consistency was perfect for dipping. Thumbs up, way up!

Fried Calamari

Fried Calamari served with black grapes, celery, arugula, and preserved lime dipping sauce. This dish definitely shows off Chef Roy’s affinity for Asian cuisine providing the perfect yin-yang flavor balance. The calamari was soft and tender and fried to perfection. The dipping sauce was amazing! It was like the perfect lumpia sauce (with tangy, bitter flavor from the preserved lime) and complimented the calamari’s crispy, slightly salty exterior. The grapes added a refreshing crisp sweetness, acting like a flavor palette cleanse (like lime sorbet between courses). Thumbs up, way up!

Black Salt-Crusted Skirt Steak

The Black Salt-Crusted Skirt Steak is served with Yukon potato puree, French beans, mushroom supreme, and petite onions. The steak was grilled to a perfect rare. The black salt is not overbearing and enhances the sweetness of the steak. The succulent, juicy skirt steak had excellent marbling and cut effortlessly with a knife. The green beans were perfectly cooked – bright green color with a crisp snap and sweet flavor. Perfectly executed dish! Thumbs up, way up!

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

The Moroccan Chicken Tagine is Jidori chicken (means chicken of the earth in Japanese), preserved lemon, picholine olives (French olive also known as the cocktail olive), and golden couscous. It is presented in a traditional tagine. The chicken was seasoned with the flavors of Morocco – cinnamon, cumin, paprika and was fall-off-the-bone tender. Slivers of preserved lemon added a bit of depth with a salty, sour finish. The couscous vegetable medley on the bottom of the tagine absorbed all of the flavors and juices from the chicken making it uber delicious! Thumbs up, way up!

Virtual Campfire

The Virtual Campfire is marshmallow fluff with smoked chocolate truffles, gourmet hot chocolate, and graham crackers. I LOVE THIS DESSERT! All of the flavors you know as a “s’more” but chic and refined for a 5-star restaurant. The marshmallow fluff was perfectly charred with a smoky flavor and flamed marshmallow aroma. The truffles added a decadent luxurious texture unlike the everyday chocolate candy bar. The gourmet hot chocolate will wake up your senses with a rich, creamy chocolate flavor and a surprising kick of chili pepper on the end. This was not only a fabulous dessert, it was fun too! You’ll definitely have an OMG moment or two! Thumbs up, way up!

Huevos Rancheros

The Huevos Rancheros are two eggs served any style, pinto beans, tortilla tomatillo salse verde, jack cheese, and avocado. It was ordered with soft scramble, but I think a poached egg would be a better choice. The pinto beans were packed with flavor and tasted like homemade. The tomatillo salsa was creamy and added a fresh zingy flavor to the eggs. The sour cream added a luscious creaminess. The portion was just the right size for brunch. Thumbs up, way up!

Duck Confit Quesadilla

The Duck Confit Quesadilla contains Laurel Channel chevre goat cheese, chipotle crème, pomegranate chimichurri, and served with breakfast potatoes. Wow! This was a wonderful combination of flavors and textures – tender and delectable duck confit, creamy chevre, smoky chipotle cream, and sweet, tangy pomegranate. The breakfast potatoes were cooked perfectly, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Thumbs up, way up!

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