During the day you’ll find Rooster Cafe providing a simple breakfast and lunch menu.
By night, Tuesday-Sunday you find something completely different.
These nights Rooster PM sweeps in, transforming the place into something completely different.
A separate restaurant rents out the space and offers a fantastic menu that changes weekly.
I came in and was greeted by Rob the owner along with partners, Frank and Maria who were incredibly warm and obviously passionate about Rooster PM and it’s food.
Rooster PM runs a tapas-style menu, all of which is $12 or under, along with a unique beer and wine list.
The place is small, like really small, with maybe 6 or 7 tables.
The small space combined with the warm service really gives you an experience you don’t find often in OC.
We started with the Spanish Cheese Plate that had a brie, a cheese that I can’t remember the name of but was very fantastic and creamy (that one in the middle), the “No Woman No Cry” cheese with jerk seasoning marbles inside and a goat cheese with a house-made mango chutney.
I adore cheese and really, all of these were fantastic.
The PM Mini-Burgers. I loved these sliders.
Melted cheese and a garlic aioli on what appeared to be Hawaiian sweet rolls.
What’s not to love?
We also had the Blackened Chicken Avocado Cups that you see on the right.
One whole avocado sliced in half, topped with blackened chicken and served with chips. This dish was packed with flavor.
Last, but definitely not least, and maybe my favorite was the Chicken Fried Filet Mignon.
I was impressed that it came out to the perfect temperature, the crust had a nice crunch and the the gravy was flavorful but not overly heavy. The asparagus was sweet and perfectly grilled.
The next time I eat there I’ll be sure to get the Mac and Cheese, the Honey Roasted Goat Cheese, the Prawns with Lemon and Capers and of course, some dessert. I’m really curious about the S’mores and the Churros con Chocolate.
Have you been to Rooster PM?
Rooster PM 750 St. Clair Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626