We just got a chance to try the newest hot spot in town. Fish Gaucho opened a few weeks ago and everyone we talked to who had been there thus far had said good things. I had heard about large portions and found out first hand that this is true. And the quality is spot on. We started with the trio of salsas and chips. These were not your everyday salsa choices, but really flavorful and unique. A Watermelon Chipotle was outstanding with the right amount of spice and sweet, it was delicious. We added in the Guacamole as a 4th choice, which was pretty good, but the first three outshone the latter. The guac had a bit of an aftertaste that we couldn't put our finger on. It was good, but not stellar.
The cocktails were perfect, and reasonably priced for what was in them. My Gaucho Margarita had me going back for seconds! My husband fell in love with Mezcal last night and we will be revisiting that spirit a lot. Nice bar atmosphere too. Which is great in Paso, since we usually have a choice of either high end and elegant, or down and dirty. This is a welcome style, but I could see that seats at this bar will be hard to come by, as it isn't very big and obviously already super popular.
Dinner entrees were also great. The menu is just the right size to be interesting and not too big to be overwhelmingly boring, a la most Mexican places. We had the Wet Burrito, stuffed with Lobster, Black Beans and Rice. Light and yummy, and HUGE! Even with the large size, we managed to polish off most of it, and didn't feel uncomfortably full afterwards. We also shared the Chicken Enchiladas and they were quite spicy, but absolutely decadent. Kudos to the Exec Chef on this place for bringing Paso Robles a welcome new local Gem!
Service was prompt and polite, and the staff all seemed very pulled together. We have a winner!
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