Restaurant Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain: Asturian Food and Cider Feast

Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester
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As I said in my post on lunch in Oviedo, you need a good appetite 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 – OVIEDO, SPAIN

 

Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester

 

 

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The Tierra Astur Story

Tierra Astur Sidrerías was born in 1997, with the opening of the Tierra Astur Gascona cider house. At present, they have five cider houses located in Avilés, Gijón, Oviedo and Colloto (Siero).

All of the locations are known for their uniqueness and spectacular decoration, based on wood and other materials that reflect the identity of Asturias and also that of its countrymen.

They really stand for sharing the traditional Asturian gastronomy, following the recipes that, in the past, were used in the kitchens of the Asturian towns and villages. With over 150 dishes, among them more than 40 cheeses, you’ll be sure to find something you like here!

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1. What does it SOUND like?

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.

 

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2. What does it LOOK like?

There are two parts to the restaurant, one big dining hall with a “Tienda” (market), where you can buy fresh produce from the region, and a large bar. Then you also have a smaller indoor seating area (where we went) and an outdoor heated terrace to enjoy your meal.

Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester
must.buy.all.the.cheese.

Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester
We opted for the somewhat quieter second dining space, where you have little boots that seat 4-5 people.

 

3. What does it TASTE like?

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.

 

Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester
In London, you pay almost this much for one slice of plastic cheddar. no lie.
Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester
unfortunately we had no more space to fit these croquettes… next time!
Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester
The tables are set with a plate, cutlery, cider glass and a MASSIVE piece of bread. Let the feasting begin!
Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester
“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!

 

Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester

 

…and now the most important part of the evening…

 

Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester
There is no good night out in Oviedo without a huge bottle of Cider :)
Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester
It’s totally legit here to order a cheese board and call it “dinner”. There are a couple different ones to choose from!

Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester

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…

Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester
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 :)

 

Asturian Food and Cider at Tierra Astur in Oviedo, Spain || The Travel Tester
Or why not order almost 30 euros worth of sugar? YOLO… eh, I guess!

 

4. What does it FEEL like?

The inside of the restaurant can be a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry. Once you’ve got your seats, just enjoy looking around, tasting all the food and you’ll feel right at home!

 

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The biggest dining hall is also the most noisy one, but if you want to be surrounded by locals, this is your chance.

 

5. What does it SMELL like?

With all the amazing food going around, and cider being poured all around you, this place is a feast for the senses. You smell lots of delicious things! As the cider also gets poured on the floor a lot, there is this sweet/bitter smell of the cider hanging around, but you get used to that pretty quickly.

 

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The cider is poured in traditional way from high above into the glass.

 

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After our 5-senses test, we’re ready to answer our final (and perhaps most important) question in our Tierra Astur Restaurant Review:

 

6. Does this restaurant make us happy?

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!

 

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VISIT TIERRA ASTUR

 

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The Restaurant

Restaurante Sidrería Tierra Astur Gascona

The Address

Calle Gascona, 1, 33001 Oviedo, Asturias, Spain. (This restaurant is also based in Avilés, Gijón and Colloto in Siero)

Opening Hours

Mon-Thu + Sun 9AM-1:30AM and Fri-Sat 9AM-2:30AM

Website?

www.tierra-astur.com

Get Social!

You can find the restaurant on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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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