As I said in my post on lunch in Oviedo, you need a good apetite when you come to this part of Spain (probably any part of Spain, for that matter). There simply is too much good food and you want to try as much as possible, right?
I had dinner at the famous “Tierra Astur” Ciderhouse – and it was quite the spectacle!
Tierra Astur in Oviedo
You can’t miss this restaurant. Not only because it’s right on the corner where the “Calle Gascona”, or the “cider boulevard” in Oviedo begins, but perhaps also because it’s so busy, you can hear the talking and laughter when you walk past.
Sounds like a place you want to be, and it won’t disappoint you.
The inside of the restaurant can be a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry. There is a “Tienda” (market), where you can buy fresh produce from the region, and then there is a large bar, two main seating areas and an outdoor heated terrace to enjoy your meal.
The biggest dining hall is also the most noisy one, but if you want to be surrounded by locals, this is your chance.
We opted for the somewhat quieter second dining space, where you have little boots that seat 4-5 people.
The menu is just as overwhelming as the restaurant itself, but if you take a little bit of time, it’s not that hard to pick.
Basically, most dishes here are meant to be shared (“tapas” style), so you can order a sharing platter with meats, cheese or little dishes like croquettes or tortes (see below). Adding on some cider, which the waiter will come and serve you all evening long (it’s because they serve it in a typical way that only fills your glass about 1/3rd), and your evening will be great, guaranteed.
In London, you pay almost this much for one slice of plastic cheddar. no lie.
unfortunately we had no more space to fit these croquettes… next time!
The tables are set with a plate, cutlery, cider glass and a MASSIVE piece of bread. Let the feasting begin!
“Tabla de Tortinos” (Little Corn Flour “Tortos” on a board)
These are one of my favourite dishes from the Asturias region.
The tortos themselves are a bit sweet, but you can top it with savoury things like ham, egg, beef or mushroom mix like above. Yummm!
…and now the most important part of the evening…
There is no good night out in Oviedo without a huge bottle of Cider :)
The cider is poured in traditional way from high above into the glass.
It’s totally legit here to order a cheese board and call it “dinner”. There are a couple different ones to choose from!
You can order many typical local dishes here, such as the famous “Fabada”, but we had so much food during the day, that we could only fit the tortes and the cheese. Priorities!
oh, and perhaps we had dessert after all…
Another one of my favourites here in Oviedo: Nuestras Casadiellas (Asturian Tradition Nut Pies)
DO NOT MISS EATING THESE WHEN IN ASTURIAS! You have been warned :)
Or why not order almost 30 euros worth of sugar? YOLO… eh, I guess!
Boy, oh boy, I had such a good dinner here at Tierra Astur, I can’t believe we literally just had cheese, cornbread and sweet pies, topped with lots and lots of cider… and that this was totally acceptable! Luckily I don’t live here, because I would go crazy, but I definitely have a reason to come back to Oviedo to have another meal here. If only because I couldn’t fit those damn croquettes anymore! Ah!
Name: Restaurante Sidrería Tierra Astur Gascona
Address: Calle Gascona, 1, 33001 Oviedo, Asturias, Spain. (This restaurant is also based in Avilés, Gijón and Colloto in Siero)
Phone: +34 985 20 25 02
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu + Sun 9AM-1:30AM and Fri-Sat 9AM-2:30AM
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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