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Paso Robles
Succulent seafood awaits at Paso Terra
 Chef Andre combines classic cooking with a modern twist
To say Executive Chef Andre Averseng enjoys cooking would be an understatement. The co-owner of Paso Terra with his wife, Cristina, Chef Andre has been in the food industry for more than half a century and continues to create new and exciting dishes that exceed the expectations of diners
at their downtown Paso Robles seafood restaurant.
“I am a really passionate about my cooking, even after 60 years,” Chef Andre said. “I am all about taste, and I like flavorful food. I’ve learned over the years the right way to season food, to bring out all the flavors.”
Chef Andre said he is influenced by ethnic foods including Peruvian, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and, of course, from France, his homeland.
“I like to experience and create new things,” he said. “I don’t like
to cook the same foods forever. Each time I create a new menu, there are certain items I feel really excited about. When people start to appreciate and love the flavor of the creation I came up with in my mind and with my hands, it is confirmed when they are enthusiastic about what’s happening with my menu.”
And just what makes Paso Terra stand out among the many eatery options in town?
“I would have to say it’s the way Andre prepares the food,” Cristina said. “If you like seafood, Andre
is hands-down the best seafood chef in San Luis Obispo County and he loves the fact that people appreciate his food and appreciate the artistry in his food. There is a lot of satisfaction in seeing people happy, knowing that we made a great impact in their life. Both of us really love our customers, and we love serving them. It’s the same for our staff. Here at Paso Terra we are known for our efficient and friendly service.”
The menu changes with the sea-
sons and Paso Terra is now serving its winter menu. Warming Mush- room Strudel with Porcini Sauce, Succulent Scallops topped with Bacon Jam, Monkfish with Lobster Sauce, Stripped Bass in Seaweed and Curry Sauce and of course, Cioppino. For the non-seafood lov- ers Paso Terra offers Braised Beef Short ribs, 10-ounce Rib Eye Steak, Rack of Lamb Pest and a Vegan and Vegetable Risotto. The seafood dishes at Paso Terra are as decadent the steaks, salads, appetizers, and desserts. New dishes include the Snapper Ceviche, the Cake Trio with lobster, scallop and crab cakes, and the Greek Salad with Halloumi grilled cheese.
Many popular dishes are on the menu year around. One of
the more popular appetizers, the Grilled Octopus, is tender and bursting with flavor. Simmered
in oil for 2.5 hours, it is prepared with a Peruvian style sauce with aji Amarillo chili and served on a bed of butternut squash puree.
On the entree side Paso Terra continues offering the Halibut with Orangecello Sauce, Mixed Seafood Grill, Branzino sauteed in Toasted Oat, served with Preserved Lemon Sauce and Sand Dabs Meuniere. All entrees are served on a bed of mashed potatoes, with a variety
of vegetables such as Japanese eggplant, carrots, and baby yellow squash.
Desserts, wine, and cooking classes
Chef Andre is known for his decadent desserts, including his famous Lemon Cheesecake and his beautiful and light Pavlova, a me-
ringue filled with whipped cream and fresh berries.
French and local wines and beers from the Central Coast fill out the menu. On Wednesdays, bottles of French wines are available for half price.
Be sure to ask about the private cooking classes. Whether its sushi, meat, appetizers, or baked goods, Chef Andre loves sharing his skills as a professional culinary instruc- tor with students from all walks of life. And the classes are a great gift idea – call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Paso Terra is located at 1032 Pine St. in Paso Robles. Reserva- tions are required; open Wednesday through Saturday, 5:30-9 p.m. For more information, call
(805) 227-4100.
–By Meagan Friberg
            on Park
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