Terra Gets High Marks

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David Snyder visits Terra, the subterranean restaurant below Tavern on Camac and finds that chef Eric Paraskevas is turning out some inspiring New American cuisine.

What sets this chef apart is his ability to stack seams of flavor and texture without burying the elemental simplicity of a dish. Take his grilled tenderloin, where a generous portion of succulent beef sits atop a layer of crunchy fried mashed taters. Sounds like, well, good ol’ meat and potatoes — but the duo of sauces on the plate change the game quickly. A rich thyme cream sauce had such soul that I was surprised to learn its base is vegetable stock; in the background, dollops of red pepper pesto imbued with jalapeño and morita (ground chipotle powder) introduced a gentle undercurrent of heat.

Grounded [City Paper]
Terra [Official Site]

  • Jimmy

    His website needs a little work, but I’ll give this place a shot. What happened to Slate? Has it closed?

  • http://foobooz.com Foobooz

    Slate is still open and had a nice crowd last time I was by.

  • Chris

    Slate is still going strong and the food is great. Beer list is better than ever as well.

  • http://Terrapa.com Stephen

    The new website is in the works … look for it next week!!