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Central Coast trip - Paso Robles & Cambria

PolarBear | Mar 18, 200303:50 PM

On our way to Cambria last Friday, Lady PB and I stopped for lunch at Restaurant 4 Hermanos in Paso Robles having noticed Melanie Wong's reference in the King City thread. My wife ordered the Shrimp Tostada which was basically just greens and shrimp on a shell, but there were a good number of shrimp and they were perfectly cooked. I assume this is the authentic style, sans the beans, cheese and occasional rice that we're used to. We shared my dinner order of Chile Verde ($10) that was one of, if not the best I've tasted. The small pork cubes were tender and moist and the tomatillo sauce rich and full of flavor. They offer a verde burrito for $2.50. We will definitely be returning to sample the rest of the menu. They are located in a little strip mall at the NE corner of Spring and 6th Sts ( 709 6th St.), their sign is obscured by trees but there's a small sandwich board on the sidewalk on Spring St. You can see the pet store on the corner, they're just a couple of doors down.

In Cambria we had dinner at Wild Ginger which bills itself as Asian, Pacific Rim and Global Cuisine. Chef/Owner Deborah Mok is from Singapore but fuses her native cooking with that of neighboring countries and the fresh produce of the local Farmer's Market. We chose the Singapore Chicken Sate and Vietnamese Imperial Rolls (a daily special) for appetizers, both $7.50 and quite good. We split a small Tom Kha Kai soup (spicy chicken in coconut broth with lemongrass) that was rich and full of flavor. For entrees we shared Spicy Singapore Calamari ($11) and Roast Duck ($12). The calamari rings were deep fried then suateed in garlic chile sauce, very tasty. The sweet soy glazed duck breast was just OK but the bed of sauteed spinach it was served on was wonderful. Regular menu items include Wild Ginger Prawn Curry, Indian Lamb Kebabs (both $13), Hunan Beef (11) and Sweet and Sour Tofu (8.50). Four or five daily specials were also offered such as Mahi Salad, Mahi filet and a Mexican enchilada dish. A small deli case has several types of samosas and salads available for takeout. Deb also makes her own sorbets (blackberry, mango and one other on this occassion). The wine list is small but has a couple of decent central coast offerings. The place is small, seating for 15 inside and a couple of tables outside. 2380 Main St. (East Village), 805-927-1001. Closed Thurs.

Stopped in PR again for lunch Monday on the way home to try the new Paris Restaurant and Wine Bar. It's located just north of 12th St. off of the town park. We both opted for the Potage du Jour, a rich earthy pureed mushroom cream soup. The menu varies weekly and some items daily. We shared the Tartine de la semaine, crostini topped with quick seared ahi tuna and Croque Monsier. The ahi portion was on the small side (3 pieces) but very fresh and tasty, for my tastes I would have liked it better with a sauce or spread for extra flavor. As for the other, my wife summed it up stating "isn't it amazing what the French can do wth a ham and cheese sandwich?" The wine list seemed reasonably priced and has a fair selection of central coast favorites along with those from France. Paris is at 1221 Park St., 805-227-4082. Closed Sunday, see link below for more details.


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