Right by the Barru bahc so has nice outlook but I wouldn't recommend it for the following reasons:
1. They charged us a service chareg for one of daughters who didn'tr want to eat. She's only 4 yrs old.
2. The fish was frozen and not cooked properly.
3. No child's menu.
4. Chips with the chicken not cooked properly.
5. Red wine chilled to almost freezing temperature.
Pantalan is located is the very charming seaside village of Lastres. We stopped here on our way to our inn in Asturias, and it was everything we were hoping to find in a seaside restaurant - delicious authentic Asturian seafood dishes, beautiful view, excellent wines. The restaurant has an outdoor deck, which is where we ate. The menus are in Spanish only, and the servers don't speak English, so you have to rely on whatever Spanish skills you have, or hope for the best.
Favorite Dish: My husband had heard a lot about the hake with sidra (a traditional Asturian dish) and it was very good. My daughter ordered hake with a marinara sauce. We were expecting a tomato based Italian sauce, but hers was greenish/yellowish. But very delicious. The fried calimari was excellent, too.
I had been dying to try the Cabrales bleu cheese and was very happy to see it on the menu. That's what I ordered, but for some reason, the servers were very reluctant to bring it out. First I ordered it as an appetizer (it was on the appetizer list after all), but it didn't come out. Then I asked for it when the main courses came out. Still didn't come out. When desserts were coming out, I asked for it again. At that point the server said, "But it will change the flavor of the dessert," which I thought was odd since I hadn't ordered any other dessert. I said "Bueno", bring it on out.
It finally appeared, and was the smelliest, sharpest bleu cheese I had ever had. THIS was the authentic stuff, and I loved it, being a huge fan of smelly cheeses. My family members had to hold their noses while they ate their desserts. I understood now. The Cabrales bleu cheese changes the flavor of everyone else's desserts!
We stopped at Casa Conrado during our day trip to Oviedo. Oviedo has a number of highly recommended restaurants for fine dining and Casa Conrado was one them. It's in a great location - right in the old town center. The atmosphere is formal - the waiters wear white jackets and carry dish towels on their arms - even at lunch, so be prepared. On the other hand, we did not feel out of place with our comfortable tourist clothes (as my fashionista daughter calls them).
Favorite Dish: Everyone but me thought this was one of the best meals we had in Asturias. They ordered fish, meat, and pork. I ordered the vegetarian entree. A common problem in Spain I encountered was very few restaurants really knew how to cook vegetables, particularly vegetable entrees, because Spain is not really geared toward vegetarians. At Casa Conrado, I had some mixture of a variety of veggies, which could have been good. However, they were overcooked and therefore, limp and mushy. I don't mean to single out Casa Conrado for this - I found this to be a common problem at several Spanish restaurants. They think that vegetarian dishes means you cook the hell out of veggies.
The desserts were all outstanding. No complaints there. I had my favorite Asturian dessert - a simple traditional rice pudding with a crisp caramel top. You can cook the hell out of rice pudding and it will still be delicious!
Casa Poli was recommended by my husband's cousin who was born and raised in Asturias. The restaurant has two floors and many, many rooms. Once you enter, you realize you are in the center of a courtyard, and there are plants and ivy growing all along the stone walls. You will hear people chattering, some children misbehaving, laughter, the bubbling sound of poured cider and the like. We waited maybe 7 minutes for a table, and meanwhile we had sidra at the bar.
Most of the food on the menu were meat, although they had various tapas and raciones that included seafood, vegetables, salad and cheese. Everything we tried there was quite good, including the homemade desserts. It wasn't high cuisine, it was more like food that sticks to the ribs.
The best thing about Casa Poli is the value! The prices of the dishes are very reasonable and the portions are generous. The service was impeccable and the waiters were friendly and sincere.
Favorite Dish: The best dish was the dessert, which was homemade cheesecake. It is unlike New York cheesecake bacause of its light texture. It comes topped with blueberry sauce. I highly recommend it.
I have to disagree with karenincalifornia. The Pantalan was the first restaurant we entered upon arriving in Asturias for our one-week vacation. Boy, did we regret it! First off, the service was terrible. We walked in at 3 o'clock and waited until 4 until we finally were seated. There were several irritated customers who had been waiting to pay their bill for at least 40 minutes. Secondly, the food was overpriced and awful. 15 euros bought us a dish of 7 clams and and another 15 euros for a clam rice dish which still had an undissolved bouillon cube in it, which I unfortunately crunched into. The stuffed onions were ok until I felt something ice cold in the center of it and realized that they had just microwaved a frozen stuffed onion. It was disgusting. I have lived in Spain for 3 years and this is the worst restuarant I've ever eaten in. And then, we were overcharged. Our final bill came out to be 57 euros. They admitted the mistake and in the end we paid 42 euros (still too much for that garbage). We were so affected by this meal that we literally went shopping in the grocery store and ate sandwiches for the following 4 days.
Another thing I want to comment on was that the waitresses were all from South America, not from Spain. One customer asked when was the town festival and the girl had no idea. What a tourist trap.
My Asturian inlaws tell me that there are good restaurants in Llastes, but they are usually the hidden restuarants along the side streets. Don't be fooled by the big expensive ones, like we were!
Hands down, Restaurant La Cabana was our choice for the best traditional Asturian food on our trip to Asturias. It served the traditional dishes like fabada asturiana, merluza stew, suckling pig and rice pudding. The decor was so charming and authentic. We absolutely loved this restaurant and we cannot say enough good things about it. We wanted to try everything, so even though this was lunch for us, we ordered first courses, second courses and dessert.
Favorite Dish: I broke ranks with my vegetarian diet and ordered the merluza stew. That's hake with clams and shrimp and the most delicious sauce. Excellent. See my Customs tips for more information on Asturian cuisine.
I wish San Francisco had an Asturian restaurant. I will miss this food very much.
If you are a guest at the Hotel Posada del Valle, you have the option of eating breakfast and dinner at the inn. The food is delicious. Nigel and Joann Burch have developed a delicious menu for both meals. The selections change every day and made from fresh locally produced organic ingredients. The dinners were so delicious and convenient, we ended up eating here 3 out of the 4 nights of our stay.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast is served buffet style. Choices of food include homemade breads, Asturian honey (we took home a jar - for sale at the front desk), Asturian yogurt and granola, Asturian cheese, Iberian ham, apple juice, coffee, egg dishes, fresh fruit. Dinner is set menu with a choice of meat or vegetarian entrees. It is so rare to see a vegetarian entree in Spain - I was pleased - and the entrees were always delicious. An assortment of top quality Spanish wines are also available.
This has to be the best restaurant in the Aviles area(possibly all Asturias). Excellent service and food. More of a dining experience than a typical eatery.
Favorite Dish: Koldo(the chef)changes his menu(carta)seasonaly. EVERYTHING is good.
Sidreria is the place where people drinking cider (la sidra). Cider is a typical drink in Asturias. It is an alcoholic drink, but not strong. The most magical moment is the way how bartender fill glass with cider. You can see it in pictures.
Favorite Dish: La sidra - cider
The bottle over your head, the glass almost in your knees... this is the right way to serve sidra, the typicall drink in Asturias. Could be just funny, but it has a good explanation: the long distance allows to break some little particles when they meet the glass and they give the original flavour of the cider.
If you go to any "sidreria" (cider house), they serve to you the drink since as you can imagine, it is not easy... You can eat some good food there, too.
The photo is a friend demonstrating his amature talents at pouring sidra (alcoholic apple cider) in the traditional manner. Sidrerias, which specialize in this "rough" cider, often have an excellent menu of local specialties.
The best restaurants are the places where the locals eat (which is pretty much everywhere in Asturies.) Great restaurants and cafeterias abound in Asturies. When you are in Oviedo, be sure to eat at an outdoor restaurant in the old quarter (casco antiguo)! In Mieres the best local food is found in the cider square (Plaza de Requejo), its one of the best places in Asturias to enjoy sidra in the traditional manner as demonstrated by my friend.
Favorite Dish: FABADA!!!! (Asturian bean and sausage stew.) And crusty pan (spanish bread) with Cabrales (a very strong Asturian blue) cheese. Also, pollo con ajillo y patatas fritas (chicken with garlic and spanish french fries with sidra to drink!)
Asturian food centers around simple ingredients, always served at their freshest and almost always locally produced. Since the weather in Asturias tends to be cool and rainy, hearty fare and stews are on the menu-- forget about gazpacho (although if you want it, you can still get it in Asturias.) Also, Asturias is a fresh fish & shellfish and dairy lovers dream destination!
Please see my travelogue about Asturian food if you would like more details.
If you have an interest in a vacation that centers around food, this link: www.asturnor.com/gastronomia2.htm will take you to a list of the many gastronomic fairs throught Asturias. They are listed by location. It's in Spanish, but you can easily translate entire pates by pasting the web address at :babelfish.altavista.com into English.
Favorite Dish: One word encompasses the heart and soul of Asturian gastronomy-- Fabada (pictured here.) Any "real" Asturian restaurant will serve it (not cafes though). It's flavor may vary, but it will always be delicioso!!! Que rico! Fabada is good, honest food. No pretense- just food that warms you to the core and makes you feel good.
You should go to one of the many sidrerías and drink the typical sidra (cider). It is served in a special way called 'escanciado': it is poured from high away and almost everything falls out of the glass. It's funny but delicious.
The coast is dotted with many fishing villages and fresh fish is here delicious, cooked in many different ways. This is a picture of the lovely village of Luarca. If you come here climb up to the romantic cemetery for impressive views.
Favorite Dish: The Asturian gastronomy is rich and delicious. The most famous dish is the fabada: a bean stew with pork sausages and bacon or with seaclums. There are also excellent cheeses like Cabrales.
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