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Gijón – Cimavilla – Eating & Drinking

Posted in Asturias, Cimavilla, Gijón, Spain with tags , on October 14, 2017 by gannet39

There are lots of great places to eat and drink in Cimavilla, these are just a couple I went to. They’re both on the map.

Auga (Advanced B+), Calle de Claudio Alvargonzález,

This is a high end restaurant, perhaps the best in town, located on a pier in the harbour. It used to be the fish market but the building has been given a modern makeover. It gets solid recommendations from Guida Repsol, Frommer’s and Fodor’s.

I had the tasting menu (73€) with wine matching (25€) . To save time I’ve just given marks in brackets. Some dishes have double marks to show flavour/presentation, or for wines, nose/palate. Some got past me without being marked, apologies.

To start, a glass of Manzanilla (B+).

Then an amuse bouche of anchovy and roe on a celery and turnip mousse (B/A).

After this a glass of champagne from Perrier-Jouet.

‘Manzana Caramelizada , Rey Silo y sardina Marinada’ or caramelized apple, Rey Silo cheese and marinated sardine (B+/A+).

Asparagus (B/B+).

Langoustine (A/A).

With the seafood, an excellent Albarino (A/B+) from Zarate.

‘Viera Gallega, Manzana Verde, Champinon y Placton’ or Galician scallops with green apple, mushroom and plankton (A/A+).

‘Huevo con Pies de Cerdo y Trufa’, or a slow-cooked egg, with pig trotters and truffle (A/A).

A boring Torres Riesling (B).

Can’t remember what this was sorry but I’m sure it tasted as good as it looks.

‘Carre de Cordero Asado en su Jugo con Orejones’, or lamb chops with their juices and a sauce of dried apricots (B+/B).

The ‘Celeste’ Ribera was another disappointment from Torres (B).

Chef Gonzalo Pañeda is famous for his desserts. This is ‘Sopa de Queso de Cabra con Avellanas y Miel’ or goat cheese ‘soup’ with hazelnuts and honey.

The ‘Yogur, Chocolate Blanco y Coco’ looked great but didn’t have the flavours for me (C).

Not sure what these were sorry, something chocolatey obviously.

Naturally a glass of Noe PX went well with the sweets (B+).

So overall a good experience and good value for money as I recall. It made for a nice treat on my last day in town.

On an earlier occasion I came here…

La Planeta (Intermediate B+), 4 Tránsito de las Ballenas,

The teachers told me this down-to-earth Sideria is one of the best places to come for fish. It has a great view of the harbour, especially from the top floor.

The 2015 ‘Terras Gauda’ Albarino was pretty decent (B+). I found it for about £9 on the web.

The Sea Urchin Croquettas were a new one on me but didn’t really float my boat (B-).

The Almejas Plancha were more enjoyable (B+).

The best dish was the Lomos de Merluza garnished with fried garlic (B+), but it was a bit too oily and overcooked for my taste.

The Orujo de Manzana de Asutrias put hairs on my chest (B).

So a good spot for reasonably priced and cooked seafood. The bill came to €53.

And that was Gijón. Off to Oviedo next!


Gijón – Cimavilla – Walking Around

Posted in Asturias, Cimavilla, Gijón, Spain on October 13, 2017 by gannet39

Cimavilla (or Cimadevilla in Castellano) is Gijón’s old town which can trace it’s origin to Roman times. It corresponds to the area north of Calle Melquiades Alvarez; a small peninsula which separates San Lorenzo beach from the marina and port area.

It’s just a short distance from the Hotel Alcomar, so if you like bracing walks by the sea, this is the place to go. Map here.

First stop is the portico lined Plaza Major. There are a few nice bars on the square and on the side streets off it.

You’ll also find the Ayuntamiento de Gijón here.

Heading east you’ll come across the Iglesia de San Pedro.

It was built in 1945 in a pre-Romanesque style.

Behind the church is the yacht club, Real Club Astur de Regatas Gijón, located in a striking pre-war building with fantastic views of the bay. Shame it’s not open to the public.

Continuing along the coast to the headland you arrive at an old gun bastion which is now crowned with this brutalist sculpture by Eduardo Chillada.

Elogio del Horizonte’ (Eulogy to the Horizon) celebrates the wonderful panoramic views you get from this high point.

This lovely mid-1930s Rationalist building near the bastion caught my eye.

Fundacion Honesto Batalon was a charitable foundation set up by a rich philanthropist to provide free primary education for poor girls and this building was part of the school.

Continuing along the west side of the peninsula you soon come to the ‘Puerto Deportivo‘ (leisure harbour). There are some good bars and restaurants here too, some of which I mention in my next post, ‘Eating in Cimavilla’.

There’s an impressive sculpture on the quayside; ‘Árbol de la Sidra‘ (The Cider Tree) made of hundreds of empty cider bottles.

You’ll pass by the neo-Renaissance Casa Paquet on Calle de Claudio Alvargonzález.

In Plazuela del Marques (just to the west of Plaza Mayor where we started) you’ll find Palacio Revillagigedo, built in the Baroque style with medieval features.

The palace has a couple of nice old neighbours.

From here you could explore the narrow streets of the interior of Cimavilla.

This former fisherman’s district suffered a lot of damage in the civil war but there are still some nice old buildings to be seen.

Right, time to eat methinks!

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