Jul 14, '19

Wrap-up of EL NORTE

Aiste Miseviciute

2 days were certainly not enough in Galicia and Asturias, especially given it was my first time there. Nonetheless, with the very limited time we had, we managed to visit a few very special places, which definitely merit another trip.

D’Berto in O Grove – iconic seafood institution, specialising in fish and seafood from the local Galician seas. The quality of some of the produce was phenomenal, served raw or prepared in a very simple manner.

El Capricho in León- some consider it the best steakhouse in Spain. For me, it was certainly some of the best chuleton I’ve ever had. Chef-farmer José Gordón ages his beef much longer than other asadors – ours was aged for 130 days. The restaurant is located in clay caves and has an impressive wine cellar with over 1000 references.

Casa Gerardo in Prendes – one of the last places in Spain visited by late Anthony Bourdain, Casa Gerardo specialises in Asturian cooking, namely fabada, traditional bean and pork stew. Chef-owner Marcos Morán is a great host.

Güeyu Mar in Ribadesella – simple asador next to a beach, famous for their grilled “Rey fish”(Alfonsino). The craftsmanship and grilling skills of chef Abel Álvarez could compare to some of the best asadors in the Basque country.

Bodega Cigaleña in Santander – one the best wine lists in the world, boasting 30,000 bottles and 1500 references, with excellent pricing on rare wines from Spain, France and beyond. Nice setting, with old bottles adorning the walls and even the ceiling, and solid tapas.

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