I’m a big fan of gastropubs. I like the warm, comforting feel of a classic English/Irish/Euro-pub infused with good eats and twists on traditional classics. To me, a gastropub is where everyone can get together and relax and just have a good time. When I stumbled upon the SideDoor in Corona del Mar, I found just that.
The SideDoor is a cute little gastropub located next to the famed Five Crowns Restaurant. While the Five Crowns may be known for their classic Prime Rib dinners and impeccable service, the SideDoor is known for it’s updated daily (!) menu and warm cozy atmosphere complete with a fireplace and English literature adoring the walls.
Since the menu changes daily, you never know quite what to expect. Of course, there are some SideDoor staples such as the Fish ‘n Chips, Cheese and Charcuterie board, the Roast Beef sandwich, and of course french fries that are fried in beef fat.
While my dining companions stuck with beer, I chose to go with “Door #2” also known as a white wine flight:
The Charcuterie board with English Cheddar, Goat Cheese and Serano Ham was the perfect starter:
The main dishes included Fish ‘N Chips, Macaroni and Cheese and Chicken Pot Pie. Check out the Great Fish ‘N Chips Challenge to see more.
The macaroni and cheese was pretty much what you would expect – cheesy, gooey, and decadent. I don’t have macaroni and cheese much but I’d definitely have it at SideDoor again.
The chicken pot pie had a light, flaky crust and was steaming (literally) when it was placed at our table.
Then it was time for the piece de resistance aka dessert. We decided on the shortbread cookies with lemon curd. While the shortbread cookies topped with lemon curd were quite delicious, it wasn’t the best shortbread that I’ve ever had. It was more of a delicious cookie than true English shortbread. For the real deal, I highly recommend Harrods shortbread cookies.
All in all it was a delightful evening. I’d definitely come back to the SideDoor again and try some other items on the menu (and the Charcuterie board!). Now if we could only get a few more of these gastropubs in Orange County…
3801 E. Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625