Intimate dining in downtown Paso

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

PasoTerra

Paso Terra serves up seafood and more

Paso Terra’s Chef Andre Averseng’s infatuation with food began as a young boy in his Mother’s kitchen in France. While on vacation in 2002, Andre and his wife Cristina discovered the Central Coast and its remarkable similarity in topography to Provence, Andre’s homeland. Hence, they moved their business of restaurant and catering to Paso Robles and opened in late 2003.

The name Paso Terra was born from their love of the local products, from the earth, the ranch and the sea. “We have always used these products in our catering business,” explains Cristina. “Farm to table” has become a popular catch phrase…most certainly a practice used daily by the Aversengs and their purchases from local purveyors. All of their vendors farm sustainably, regardless of the product.

The creative talents and tasty food justify the amazing experience in your mouth once you begin eating Chef Andre’s fare…not only is the presentation beautiful and colorful but the flavors explode with every mouthful. Only complaint…visitors often find they can’t stop eating! The menu changes seasonally and, depending on where the Chef has been, one might find an interesting item or two on the menu such as Costa Rican Coffee Sauce on the halibut (think he’s been to Costa Rica lately?)

While the food speaks for Andre’s talent as a Chef, many are surprised to find brilliantly-colored dining room paintings of sea life – the artist is none other than Andre. He is always eager to talk with guests about his paintings and every guest is greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and an amuse bouche..ahi tartare in a crispy shell – addicting, for sure.

Although the Paso Terra menu is primarily about seafood, offerings also include lamb, chicken and a vegetarian option for those non
seafood people. The wine list is small and discreet, all of which is paired with the menu.

Enjoy the intimate experience of Paso Terra (only 30 seats) Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Reservations highly recommended, call (805) 227-4100 or stop by 1032 Pine St. in Paso Robles, near the downtown city park. Visit pasoterra.com for more information.

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