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Tierra Astur Restaurant

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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!”

Asturian Food

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

Restaurante Oviedo
Terra Asturias
Maiz Asturias
Terra Astur
frixuelos
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Restaurante La Más Barata

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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.

Paella Negra

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
Official Website

Mas Barata Oviedo
Squid Paella
Salsa Cabrales

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October 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm Comments (2)

Pizzería La Competencia on the Ruta del Vino

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Here’s a tip for 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.

Pizzeria-La-Competencia

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)

Mesón Casa Pedro and the Infamous Cachopo

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After sitting down at the popular Mesón Casa Pedro on Calle Asturias, we did like everyone else and ordered the cachopo. A delicious breaded, fried “sandwich” of ham and cheese, cachopo is similar to Cordon Bleu. Just a lot bigger.

We had been told that a single cachopo was plenty for two people to share, but still: I hadn’t been expecting a portion of food roughly the size of a healthy eight-month-old baby. When our waitress lowered the plate down onto our table, a task which would have been easier using a crane, I nearly spit out my wine. I nearly asked her if she was insane.

Cachopo

Cachopo is a really popular dish here in Asturias. How popular? Well, there’s a website dedicated to it. In Oviedo, Casa Pedro is one of the best restaurants to try it out. Just make sure to fast for two days beforehand, and bring a friend or three.

Mesón Casa Pedro
Calle de Asturias, 39
Location on our Oviedo Map

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September 13, 2010 at 10:12 am Comments (5)

El Yantar de Campomanes

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On a recommendation, we decided to try out the menú del día at El Yantar de Campomanes, a rustic restaurant serving up traditional Asturian fare on the southern side of the city center.

El Yantar de Campomanes

When the waiter set down my first plate, a rich garbanzo bean stew with cabbage and shrimps, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was enough to nourish Kenya for a week! Instead of presenting rational serving sizes, many restaurants in Asturias offer up an entire pot and allow you to scoop out whatever amount you’d like. It makes me wonder what’s done with the left-overs, because there are always plenty. I mean, I’m an fairly large guy and have a healthy appetite, but there’s no way I could finish even half of what they put down in front of me. And that’s just the first course!

For the second plate, I had fried conger eel and Jürgen enjoyed pig’s cheeks. Our sensible American and German palates are accustomed to hamburgers and schnitzels, so this was a very adventurous meal. But, may the lords of mundane eating forgive us, it was delicious!

El Yantar offers two huge plates along with bread, wine, dessert and coffee for a total price tag of €11. Although I never need to see another garbanzo bean in my life, we both loved this restaurant.

El Yantar de Campomanes
Calle de Campomanes, 24
Location on our Oviedo Map

Garbanzo Asturias
Fabada
Pork Cheeks
Conger EEl
Arroz con Leche
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September 3, 2010 at 9:56 am Comments (3)

Restaurante Punto y Coma

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On the recommendation of one of our new Asturian Twitter friends, we chose Punto y Coma for our first big lunch in Oviedo. When we arrived at 14:30, the place was already packed and we were lucky to get a table.

The reason for the restaurant’s popularity was apparent as soon the food was brought out: our first plates were tri-color pasta salad with tuna, and a massive helping of paella. In Spain, lunches are the day’s big meal and we were used to large portions, but this exceeded expectations. Spanish lunch menus always consist of two plates, but I was already full by the time I finished the first!

Still, when my fillet of virrey arrived, served with his eye socket on the side as a macabre decoration, my hunger returned. Juergen had ordered beef, which was slow-cooked and extremely tender. If groans of pleasure are anything to go by, it must have been delicious.

Wine and bread came with the meal, and both dessert and coffee were served afterwards. All for €10 per person. That’s an incredible deal, even without taking into consideration the high quality of the food.

The menú del día changes daily, and we’ll probably be back frequently. We’d like to discover other great spots in Oviedo. If you know some, make sure to share with us, in the comments, Twitter or Facebook!

Restaurante Punto y Coma
Calle Suárez de la Riva, 5
Location on our Oviedo Map
985 202 025
http://www.restaurantepuntoycoma.com/

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August 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm Comments (3)
Tierra Astur Restaurant The first time we sat down at Tierra Astur, a sidrera 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!"
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