It’s not everyday that you will step in the world oldest restaurant. Coming to Madrid, I had to check this place out. Set up in the early 17th century by a French cook, Jean Botin, the restaurant has never closed despite changing hands a few times.
The current family, the Gonzalez, purchase Botin in the early 20th century, turned it into what is today while keeping the original appearance. Okay, it might be a bit touristy but nevertheless it was full of locals.
Gosh, where should I start!!!! The place is spectacular. It does feel like stepping back in time and where thing have not changed an inch. You literally feel the history as soon as you step in from the old wooden panels, the truly old bar, the original wood fire stove where the pigs are roasted. Waiters still wear white gloves and are impeccably groomed.
Ok, the atmosphere is great but what about the food? Don’t expect fancy or sophisticated food. You will get true Castilian cuisine from the classic jamon, morcilla, and huevos, but the must try is the absolutely delicious suckling pig or roast lamb. Botin receives its pigs three to four times from Segovia and are roasted in the original wood-fired oven made of iron cast.
I had a few suckling pigs in the past but this one definitely beats any other one hands down. The skin was wonderfully crispy while the meat was so moist and tender.
In addition, I have ordered the morcilla which was also very good. Morcilla is the Spanish version of blood sausage who’s filled with rice and slightly fried. Delicious.
The food was good classic food. It is one of these places where you know that you will eat well. It is a truly unique experience where one should come for the food and atmosphere.
Calle de Cuchilleros, 17 Madrid
Tel: 91 366 42 17 | Website: www.botin.es