Sidreria Solleiro is possibly one of the most authentic and rustic places to eat you can find in 2013 in Western Europe.
Placed in the beautiful hamlet of Taramundi, in the mountainous part of Asturias on the border with Galicia, this place stands out for its traditional stone tables. Also, you can appreciate the supercosy and dimly-lit interiors and its superb "beer garden" (though I should call it "cider garden") next to a traditional horreo, the typical and mega old Asturian granary.
The food is all homemade and it's a window to the unique Asturian gastronomy. From fabada (which was my choice of main for the evening) to eggs and potatoes (my partner's), and from sidra-cooked dishes to the many local cheeses, the place is a joy to behold.
Also, important detail, all dishes are totally affordable. Large portions ("raciones") are never in excess of 7 Euros, which in this day and age is no mean feat.
Two special mentions. One, you can pick your own selection of Asturian cheeses when you order your "tabla de quesos". Each type of cheese is served on top of an apple slice, as this is the way the locals eat cheese. We sampled the stunning Gamoneu, which is slightly smoked, the local Taramundi cheese (also amazing) and, finally, the trademark Asturian cheese, Cabrales, which is so mouldy that it tastes spicy - and very morish!
The second special mention goes to the desserts. We ordered "Flan de manzana", a sort of creme caramel made with apples. It was out of this world.
As for drinks, the local sidra (made by the same people who own the place) and some local Albariño wine are there practically on tap. Simply, amazing.
Definitely to be recommended.
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