A Walk Around Gijon
We spent a couple of hours exploring Gijon on foot. The town seemed clean, modern, well maintained and quite pleasant to walk through. We were there a little after the high season had ended and it felt that things were less than “full speed”, by which I mean Gijon seemed quiet and relaxed.
We went to a number of very good restaurants during our time in Europe, but Auga, in Gijon Spain, was one of our favorites. It is easy to see how the restaurant earned its Michelin star.
We were favorably impressed by the decor from the moment we entered. The clean, minimalist lines were saved from austerity by the warm dark wood floor and ceiling and the inviting views of the harbor. The combination created a clean, modern feel that was at the same time comfortable and welcoming.
Attention from the service staff was prompt and engagingly professional from the start and throughout the lunch. The courses were brought to the table at a good pace, neither too slow nor too fast. The dishes were described and questions we had were answered courteously.
Most importantly, the food. We started anticipating a good meal the moment we tasted the amuse bouche and were not disappointed at any point from there on out.
It is easy to understand how Auga earned its Michelin star. The food was not experimental or cutting edge culinary art, but each dish was expertly prepared so that what might otherwise have been common dishes were elevated several steps above the quotidian. All were presented in a straight forward manner with no pretension whatsoever by a well trained staff that was both professional, engaging and welcoming. If I ever have the pleasure of visiting Gijon again, I shall make a point of dining at Auga.
I did not find any English language blog posts about Auga, but did find several posts in French or Spanish.
Spanish blog review (not sure of the date)
Spanish blog (2016)
French blog (2017)