My hubby and I recently ventured out to try the relatively new tapas restaurant located in the old D’Anbinos Cellars spot, at the Paso Robles Train Station.
Open Thursday through Monday, the restaurant serves wine, beer and fun, sake-based cocktails, along with self-described, “Spanish-inspired food with a Latin twist”.
That evening we opted for a selection of tapas to share, with a glass (or two) of wine and a beer.
We opted to try the empanadas and we were offered a choice of two different fillings. We selected the lamb and golden raisin flavor, served with a an aioli-type sauce that we found quite delicious. We were serves 3 empanadas, but I only remembered to take a pic when we had already wolfed down two!
We also ordered the “Champinones al Ajillo”, sauteed locally-grown mushrooms, with garlic, in an olive oil and white wine sauce, and accompanied by grilled baguette slices. I really loved this dish!
Dear husband’s favorite was the “Camarones Borrachos”, sauteed shrimps with Wine Shine orange brandy, garlic and chili flakes. It too was served with toasted baguette slices.
We ended the meal with the Flao, which was honestly one of the nicest desserts I’ve had in a while. It is a Spanish cheesecake that is not overly sweet, and subtly infused with citrus, anise and mint… it was a great finale!
Fun Fact: Chef Nick informed us that Flao is apparently one of the earliest desserts ever recorded..
The service by Diego was excellent and we enjoyed meeting the warm and friendly owners, Nick and Ingrid.
On Monday evenings they have $8 tapas specials and $20 bar specials. Chef Nick will be spinning favorites and it should be a great time and place for local’s to hang out!
Thursday Live Music Nights are planned, with the first one on October 20th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
This one is billed as: “An Evening with Carmine and JoAnn Rubino and D’Anbino Wines, featuring Ken Warrick”
Football Fan? Gather some friends and watch Monday, Thursday and Sunday Football on the two large TV screens.
Junction is open from 4pm to 10pm on Thursday and Monday, 11:30am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11:30am to 7pm on Sunday. Keep an eye out for a planned Sunday Brunch too. Happy Hour is from 4pm to 6pm, Thursday to Sunday.
For more information and updates, visit their website at Junction Food and Friends or follow them on Insta @junctionpaso
I hope to see you there!