Old school glamour
Botin is an institution in the dining world far beyond Madrid, according to a number of sources including The Guinness World Record, it is the oldest restaurant in the world. Not that it has any impact on the cooking but as a tourist I was also keen to witness the old school setting interior and classic Spanish dishes to get an idea how far the Spanish cuisine has developed.
|one of the dining room|
First I went for the classic garlic soup, I wasn't so sure if I would like it, fearing if it might be going to be a garlic feast in my mouth with an overwhelming spicy and sharp smell from the garlic. But it turned out to be actually very decent, not too strong in flavour with a soft egg in the middle. For main I had both the legendary roast suckling pig as well as the roast baby lamb. The pork was lovely with moist meat and a crispy amber skin, the lamb on the other hand was average but still packed with richness and the portion was very friendly, I had so much that I had to skip dessert!
|cold summer soup|
|roast baby lamb|
In the end the food at Botin is good but nothing outstanding, but going there is more than about just the food, here you are experiencing a slice of old school glamour, from the rustic decor, old fashioned waiters to the classic food presentation. If you ever visit Madrid, I strongly suggest you give Botin a try, well priced food, decent quality with a rich history behind it, it is worth it.
What I paid:
£40 per head with a glass of wine
Average cost without drinks and services :
£25 - £40
Calle Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain