First opened all the way back in 1725 by the French Botín family, Sobrino de Botín sets the Guinness World Record for the oldest restaurant in the world that's still in operation. Luckily, it's not just a gimmicky tourist trap; the food itself makes Sobrino de Botin worth visiting!
It's especially good if you enjoy suckling pig (cochinillo asado), the dish that Sobrino de Botin has been known for ever since its inception. Indeed, Ernest Hemingway was such a big fan of this meal that he immortalised Botin's suckling pig in his novel The Sun Also Rises, writing: "We lunched upstairs at Botin’s. It is one of the best restaurants in the world… I ate a very big meal and drank three bottles of rioja alta."
The chefs here roast lamb and pig using 300-year-old wood-fired ovens made of cast iron. Other dishes on the (reasonably priced) menu include Spanish classics like croquettes, garlic soup and anchovies with red peppers.
The restaurant, which is situated on a small street behind Plaza Mayor, consists of four floors designed in the style of a traditional Spanish tavern, with exposed brick walls and simple settings covered in neat white tablecloths. Occasionally a group of musicians will serenade diners with Spanish guitar music. Book a table before you visit Madrid and see for yourself why this place has endured for so many years!
Main courses at Sobrino de Botin cost between €18 and €25.
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