“The first time I was cooking for my wife, Stephanie, way before she was my wife, I actually put three chickens on the rotisserie and I closed the grill, which is really a bad idea. But I just wasn’t thinking very straight that day. And I looked outside and I saw, like, smoke and flames.” – Bobby Flay
I don’t know how many of you recall, but in early July this year there was a two-alarm fire in Cardiff. The commercial building that caught fire was home to several restaurants, including Zenbu Sushi and Rimel’s Rotisserie. The exact restaurant where the fire sparked was not confirmed. Both restaurants were closed until their grand reopening this Thanksgiving.
Patrick, my fiancé, and I wanted to try a new restaurant this week, so we headed up to Rimel’s Rotisserie. Rimel’s and Zenbu are connected, and Patrick had been to Zenbu, but never to Rimel’s in Cardiff. We have had some of Rimel’s food at Petco Park, and it was delicious. We were excited to see the new Rimel’s after the remodel!
Rimel’s Rotisserie boasts an all natural, locally grown menu with a wonderful location right across from the beach! If you’re looking for great food that you know had a wonderful, organic upbringing, Rimel’s will be one of your new favorite North County San Diego restaurants! There is a really large fish tank at the back of the restaurant that apparently was there before the fire. Behind the fish tank, the restaurant connects with Zenbu.
The atmosphere is cozy and warm, the tables and chairs are wood and there are small animal skulls around the restaurant to add detail. The ambiance is simple and clean, most of the colors are black or brown, with hints of white and red. It was a chilly night, and the doors were kept open, so it was a little cold in the restaurant. Other than that it was really nice.
We had to wait awhile for our salad and soup to come, but the waitress was attentive and always helpful. My wedge salad (which I had them chop) was really good with the honey mustard dressing instead of blue cheese. My fiancé ordered the chicken tortilla verde soup, and he said it needed a bit more seasoning but overall was spicy and good! I sent a message out on social media asking for recommendations of what to try, and a couple of people said the dumplings. I had already placed my order when I got those messages, but I’ll be sure to try the dumplings next time!
The kitchen is an open kitchen, so if you sit at the bar, as we did, you can watch the chefs cook your food! I always love these types of restaurants, and find it fun to watch my food being prepared. There was a chicken dish that the chef made a few times during our dinner. It was gorgeous with a red and green sauce colorfully decorating the outer edge of the plate, and the chicken in the center.
For dessert we ordered the Oreo cheesecake and it was delicious! Most restaurants these days order their cheesecake from another company, but I’m almost certain this was homemade. There was a chocolatey crust, and three little Oreos on the top! They had a few other cheesecake options that all sounded pretty tasty!
We will definitely be back to this quaint restaurant, next time we head to Cardiff. It’s a wonderful place to grab a drink and relax after work, (they have a full bar at Zenbu next door) or take your special someone out for a full dinner and dessert. Rimel’s Rotisserie has a balance of really good rotisserie food, with a California cuisine attitude and an Asian fusion feel. Have you been there yet? How was your experience?