Nibbles of Tidbits was invited to the Grand Opening Party at the New Shorebreak Hotel in the heart of Huntington Beach (aka Surf City). It was a pretty hip and happening par-tay, but here we emphasize the fashions of the food. And must mention the spectacular view of the Huntington Beach Pier and Pacific Ocean — The above photo was taken from one of the hotel rooms. Surf City accommodations don’t get more ideally located than this.
Our invitation included an amazing Family Style Dinner at Zimzala, the Shorebreak Hotel’s Restaurant. Their unique and high quality dishes offer your taste buds a flavorful trip through the Mediterranean Sea and beyond.
As a starter before dinner, we shared a Zimzala Mezze Plate. Our multi-level serving plates included a Moroccan Carrot Salad, White Bean Salad, Hummus, Cheese Filled Moroccan Cigars and more. Each item had its own intense flavor. I’m craving the Carrot Salad as I write this.
Prior to dinner we were greeted at the door with a Glass of Cava and a cute guy holding a plate of appetizers, and then several more which included “real” Crab Meat on Cucumbers (that’s refreshing all around) and Mini Salmon Cakes. During dinner we were served some of the best Salmon I’ve ever had – I believe it’s Zimzala’s Pan Roasted Wild Salmon. And I didn’t get a piece, but my friend raved about the Moroccan Chicken Tagine.
For dessert we had the Warm Strawberry Galettes with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, and the Chocolate Ganache, which is uniquely served with Grilled Sourdough Bread, Olive Oil and Sea Salt. The combination works and it’s fun to try.
Shorebreak Hotel hosted a fabulous Grand Opening Party. After the appetizers and before the dinner, we enjoyed the BBQ Grilled Shrimp, Lamb and Chicken Skewers in the courtyard.
And one of the Ballrooms was filled with Oven-Roasted Bacon Wrapped Dates (We LOVE ‘em), Fingerling Potatoes, Fried Artichoke Hearts and the various Mediterranean Salads we enjoyed at dinner.
In addition to the after dinner desserts we shared, Zimzala set up a dessert room that included Fresh Coffee and my favorite Cookies, Madeleines — These were Lemon and I’m kicking myself for not taking one (or 5) to go. I was stuffed at the time, but wish I had them now. And above right are the room goodies offered with the view in the first photo.
As if the above isn’t enough for a successful Grand Opening Party, the Shorebreak Hotel hosted a Fashion Show, Live Band, Acoustic Performances, Simulated Surfing, Wine Tasting and Sand Castle Building. It was a fun time and the service was excellent. We like the airy and sophisticated feel of the hotel and would love to go back for more of everything.
Bolded food items are known to be on Zimzala’s everyday menu.