The first time we sat down at Tierra Astur, a sidrería at the very top of the “Boulevard of Cider”, it was just for drinks. But it was dinnertime and we watched with growing despondency as plate after plate of mouthwatering Asturian food was delivered to other tables. By the time we left, my stomach was growling like an angry Rottweiler. “Calm yourself, friend”, I whispered soothingly, “Soon we shall return and a succulent feast shall be your reward!”
Return we did, the very next day. Previously, I’d been skeptical about Tierra Astur because the restaurant also contains a shop selling goods, souvenirs and foodstuffs. Rule #2934 of my personal life-guide clearly states that “Restaurant/Shops Are of Dubious Quality (See: Cracker Barrel)”. But our experience at Tierra Astur has caused me to question the wisdom of that rule.
We got a place on the terrace, with the warm October sun at our backs, and hungrily awaited our meal. It was as delicious as we’d hoped. We started with corn tortillas and then shared ox medallions covered in a rich cabrales sauce. Reading the menu was nearly as fun as eating the things found on it. Tierra Astur is dedicated to promoting Asturian foods, and the menu went into great detail on all the different plates and ingredients.
Dessert was frixuelos, which are like slightly-thicker crepes filled with delicious sauces, from apple to chocolate. And the prices were more reasonable than we had dared hope. During the week, they have a very reasonable lunch menu and the regular-priced dishes aren’t bad either, especially considering their size. We left full, happy and satisfied.
Location of Tierra Astur
Link to their site: Tierra Astur
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October 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm Comment (1)
On Calle Cimadeville, just past the open arch of the Ayuntamiento building, La Más Barata is one of Oviedo’s most famous and popular restaurants.
We were excited to check it out, mostly because its name translates as “The Cheapest”, and we’re eternally on a budget. But the name turned out to be a bit of a misnomer; La Más Barata wasn’t anywhere close to the most barata meal we’ve had in Oviedo. But it’s not crazy expensive, either, and we had a good experience.
The restaurant is most known for its rice dishes. I had a delicious serving of black rice with squid tips cooked in ink, but Juergen’s plate, tenderloin with french fries, wasn’t very interesting. So if you go, you should probably stick with the house specialty: rice. The paella we saw on other tables looked incredible.
La Más Barata also has a popular bar/lounge where you can snack on tapas and tostas. Here, the prices really are cheap. The tostas are huge and packed with great toppings, and the atmosphere is perfect, too; crowded and loud, but overly so.
Location of La Más Barata on our Oviedo Map
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October 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm Comments (2)
Here’s a tip for all you young entrepreneurs! Want to make sure your new bar is massively popular? Offer free slices of pizza with every drink. And make the drinks crazy-cheap.
It works for Pizzería La Competencia, on Calle de Manuel Pedregal, a street otherwise known as Oviedo’s “Wine Route”. I couldn’t believe my ears when the waitress said “€2.20″, after setting down two large glasses of wine and two pieces of pizza. Just to make sure, we ordered another round. Yep, that was the price!
But, we wanted to make extra-extra-sure, so we ordered another round. All in the service of providing accurate information to our loyal readers.
As you might expect, this place gets really crowded in the evenings, and patience is required to find a seat. The perfect spot to start out a long night.
Pizzería La Competencia
Calle de Manuel Pedregal 3
Location on our Oviedo Map
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September 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm Comment (1)