Dinner at Real Balneario

Dinner at Real Balneario

at Real Balneario on 4 January 2020
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While walking the Camino del Norte over Christmas and New Year I was incredibly lucky to have a few Spanish friends following my progress. They would regularly message me to say that I would be arriving in a particular town or village in a couple of days and recommending/insisting that I eat at a particular restaurant. Even booking them for me on occasion. The Michelin guide, World’s 50 Best and OAD are all great resources (among many others) for hunting down great restaurants, but you can’t beat local knowledge. And that is why I ended up at ⭐️ Real Balneario, a beautiful restaurant on the beach in Salinas. As with most of the restaurants I visited in Asturias along the coast the emphasis was on seafood and traditional preparations. Cocochas of course with pilpil sauce, hake, local anchovies and goose barnacles were the highlights here. I went for dinner but I would recommend going for lunch to fully appreciate the view of the sea, which comes right up to your table if you are there at high tide.

7 / 10

Snacks

Goose barnacles

Nardin anchovies on crispy roasted vegetables

Three textures of cocochas

Three textures of cocochas

Bass in champagne “Familia Loya”

Flambeed lobster with its own sauce

Flambeed lobster with its own sauce

Bass tartare with lemon and salsa picante

Almejas cockles a la brasa with pilpil

Almejas cockles a la brasa with pilpil

Hake in two preparations

Hake face

The hake head

Grilled grouper

Grouper head

Salmonete with rice

Raspberry dessert

Raspberry dessert

Cream de tocinillo y helado

Bombones y gominolas