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EL FONDIN – OVIEDO, SPAIN
The El Fondin Story
During my short visit, I wanted to taste as many local dishes as physically possible, but during lunch my eye was definitely bigger than my stomach, because boy, did I struggle!! Well, to be fair, my Spanish tour guide also had a hard time with the food at this place… not because it wasn’t great (it WAS), but because the portion size was just incredibly big! We already ordered half-sized plates, but still!
So let’s start this review with a bit of a warning: portions are BIG here, so you might want to order a couple of HALF portions and just share those again between you…
THE TRAVEL TESTER IN ACTION
1. What does it SOUND like?
The restaurant is located in a small alley right off Plaza del Fontán (the square where the UNESCO World Heritage Fountain can be found) and the area is noisy with tourists.
Still, from the outside, the restaurant doesn’t perhaps look too inviting, but don’t let that trick you, because it’s adorable on the inside…
2. What does it LOOK like?
There is definitely someone with interior design skills working at this restaurant, because there was such a nice combination of old and modern furniture! I especially LOVED the plates, which were all different.
When you come in, you’re greeted by the friendly staff and step right into the open kitchen/bar area. There is also an inviting little chest of drawers covered in cakes, which is hard to stop looking at…
3. What does it TASTE like?
We’re getting handed with menu’s, but as my tourguide obviously speaks Spanish (and wants me to try as many local dishes as humanly possible), she asks the waiter to give us a selection of some dishes.
The waiter also spoke English, so you’ll be fine just asking him for a recommendation!
Then we moved to “Tortos de Maiz con Manzana, Micuit de Pato” (in short: cornbread with apple and paté)
I realized when served the pathe is foie gras (duck/goose liver), which I am not comfortable eating as you’re never sure the animals have been force-fed or naturally fed, so I politely gave my portion to my guide. I did enjoy the torte with apple though!
Our ‘main’ was local specialty “Fabada”, which is a rich Spanish bean stew topped with three kinds of meat. It’s very tasty, but also very filling, so just try and imagine our faces about halfway through (and this was only HALF a portion, oh my!)
… and then somehow we also managed to get “Bonito con Pisto”, a sort of ratatouille served on chips. Delicious again, but way to much with everything else together :D
4. What does it FEEL like?
It felt like I was exploding after all that food… not kidding!
5. What does it SMELL like?
With the open kitchen, there are some amazing smells coming your way in the dining area! The food is incredible here.
This place seemed to be quite popular for lunch (people came in around 3ish, so if you’re early, you’ll probably be in an empty restaurant), so you might want to make a reservation.
After our 5-senses test, we’re ready to answer our final (and perhaps most important) question in our El Fondin Restaurant Review:
6. Does this restaurant make us happy?
This charming restaurant definitely deserves a visitor with a bigger appetite than I had when I sat down for lunch, because the meals are just too good not to finish. If you’re looking for typical dishes from the Asturias region of Spain (with ingredients coming from the fresh market right next door) and a nice, relaxing place for lunch, then this is the place you want to get a spot at!
VISIT EL FONDIN
Restaurante El Fondin in Oviedo, Spain
Calle Fierro, 2, 33009 Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Not sure, but be aware that in Spain people usually lunch from about 2:30-3 PM
Disclaimer: I visited this restaurant as part of the #SpainCities blogger campaign. All opinions and photos are, as always 100% my own.
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