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Zimzala refers to “free-spirited people who find peace with the sand between their toes.” We think that definition sounds just about right for Huntington Beach. With daily brunch and dinner, traditional American cuisine, specialty cocktails and a playful ambience, Zimzala’s easy-going nature will restore and relax you.

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Chef Roy Hendrickson

Huntington Beach’s Shorebreak Hotel Offers Guests California Beach Cuisine With A Youthful, Energetic Vibe

Chef Roy Hendrickson brings years of Southern California culinary experience to his newly-appointed role as Executive Chef at Zimzala, the vibrant dining destination at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif. Zimzala, which is surfer speak for “one who finds peace with sand between his toes,” invites guests and beach-goers to find their way upstairs to this hidden beach gem, just across the street from the iconic Huntington Beach Pier.

Offering the finest California Beach Cuisine in a casual, relaxed environment, Chef Hendrickson’s menu will feature traditional, American favorites, all served with an eye towards the area’s laid back beachfront culture. Signature menu items include the Three Cheese Flatbread with Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan, Roasted Mushrooms and Truffle Oil; Grilled Sirloin Burger with Gruyère Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Buttermilk Roll, Housemade Pickles and Parmesan-Garlic Fries; and Pan-Seared Organic Irish Salmon with Tarragon-Scented Pearl Couscous with Turmeric-Pickled Cherry and Grape Tomatoes. Menu items range from $9 to $29. 

A Southern California native, Chef Hendrickson's love of cooking was born as a child when he would join his grandmother in the preparation of family meals. His first restaurant position was as a server at the Coventry Hill Hotel in England, where he spent his high school years while his parents served as local missionaries. Hendrickson’s first professional cooking position brought him back to California at the Chart House in Newport Beach, with subsequent work at Long Beach’s Tantalum and Huntington Beach’s own Tsunami Sushi, Kona/Sams Seafood and Don the Beachcomber. He currently resides in Huntington Beach with his wife and three children.

About Shorebreak Hotel
Sexy-surfer-chic: The opening of the newly built Shorebreak Hotel in Summer 2009 launched an exciting new era in Huntington Beach's rich history, bringing a renewed joie de vivre to this Southern California community's relaxed beach lifestyle. Stylishly designed guest rooms feature spectacular ocean views and innovative amenities. The hotel speaks to a sophisticated audience who appreciates the hotel’s progressive beach culture and free-spirited, yet trend-setting ambience. Shorebreak's Zimzala is a popular attraction for locals and visitors, offering California Beach Cuisine with an emphasis on elevated well-known dishes, beach-inspired handcrafted cocktails, and surf-inspired décor.