Resaurante Botin, We had a lil time finding it, relying on the memory of a couple who had eaten there over 20 years ago. We found it after wandering around a bit.
Botin is the worlds oldest continually operating restaurant according to the Guiness Book of world records. It was the favorite dinning establishment of Ernest Hemmingway, when he was in Madrid.
Favorite Dish: Roast Baby Lamb, the melon with ham and the delicious Iberian assortment
The 'Botin', of course. The most antique restaurant in the world.
The 'Café Oriente'. The 'Museo del Jamón'.Madrid has a lot of good and interesting restaurants
The Botin is located near the Plaza Mayor, and every night the 'trovadores' show singing lovely songs.
The Museo del Jamón is located at the Calle Mayor, 7.
The Café Oriente is in front of the Palácio real.
Favorite Dish: In the 'Botin' the 'cuchinillo assado'.
No café Oriente o cocido . No Museo del Jamón. a paella.
As mentioned on my main site...el Botin - the oldest restaurant in the world, located outside of the main Plaza. There are tons of other tapas places I enjoyed, but I never wrote down the names. Museo del Jamon is always a place to visit, if you love ham, you've gotta go!!
Favorite Dish: Whenever possible, order the menu del dia! It usually comes with two courses, wine (vino) and dessert (postre) for a very reasonable price.
I WAS QUITE DISAPPOINTED W/bOTIN. I used to go many years ago and it was considered the top for classical panish dining in an old world atmosphere. We went in January and food was so bad that I was sick all night long. The suckling pig is half cooked aand stored on an open display/showroom and obviously, full of bacterias.
The ambiance and service was more of a tacky tourist spot, no locals, extremely expensive and nothing was fresh
Favorite Dish: none
Officially called El Sobrino de Botín, this restaurant is considered Madrid's oldest. It's been open since 1725 in Old Madrid, close to Plaza Mayor. The restaurant is on multiple levels: the ground floor room is beautiful with traditional Spanish decor, while the basement is vaulted and cavernous. I was concered that this would be a tourist trap, and the restaurant is popular with tourists, but was pleasantly surprised by the tasty food.
I was excited to go to the Oldest restaurant in the world, yet disappointed with my experience. I ordered a steak dish and asked for it to be made well done. Instead, I got a steak that was very rare, and had to be sent back twice. The following day, I left Spain and was sick for three days. I eventually went to the ER and was diagnosed with food poisoning. I will never return!!
We were disappointed with our one visit to Botin. The decor was very basic, a nearby diner was smoking and the service was of the "rush you through as quickly as possible, we have people waiting" variety. We had the sucking pig as our main course (I can't remember the starters, so they weren't anything special) and our party of three each had part of one side of a piglet, which meant that the one who had the middle section had mainly crackling and fat and not much meat. It was well cooked but accompanied only by two small pieces of not very nice potato. The waiter hovered close by and snatched plates away as soon as each person had finished rather than waiting for the whole group to be ready, which was rude. We didn't have anything more and were pleased to leave. My husband had indigestion most of the next day.
Open daily 1-4 pm and 8 pm-midnight. Specialties re roast suckling pig. World’s oldest restaurant according to Guinness.
Favorite Dish: white asparagus with the souse;specialties re roast suckling pig,squid rings...
Nice decoration, a lot of tourists, but the food is just average.
Favorite Dish: Basically roast meat and "Cocido" are good options.
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