Oldest restaurant in the world
Restaurante Botin in Madrid was founded in 1727 and is the world’s oldest restaraunt according to the Guiness Book of World Records.
Unable to eat at Ferran Adrià’s elBulli until 2014 because of the two-year hiatus, the next choice was to follow in the footsteps of Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain (my food spirit guides) and have dinner at Restaurante Botin.
Restaurante Botin is located just outside the southwest exit of the Plaza Mayor on Calle Cuchilleros, 17. It was just a short walk across the plaza from the flat where we stayed.
We made a reservation for 10:30 PM and had a leisurely dinner. For starters, we had salad Botin and croquettes.Then for the entrees, Lori had roast chicken with potatoes and I had baby eels. Of course, we had a pitcher of their excellent sangria. Everything was great, however, I have to boast, I prefer my croquettes. The staff was very pleasant, the service was great, and the atmostpsphere was warm and welcoming. During dinner, we also heard live music from a local tuna.
I highly recommend having dinner at the Restaurante Botin when you visit Madrid. Because it is so popular, you should make a reservation in advance. Also, if you want to have one of the specialties, whole suckling pig, you must have at least six people in your party (otherwise you will get just a serving and not the whole pig).