For tourists planning to visit the country of Spain, make sure you add the name Sobrino de Botin to the list of places to visit when in Madrid. Located at the Calle de Cuhilleros in the capital city Madrid, this particular restaurant is considered among the favorites of renowned novelist Ernest Hemingway. The restaurant served as a popular inn for travelers during its initial stage after it was initiated in the year 1725. The owners of this restaurant were a French couple. The husband Jean Botin was a cook by profession. Till date, it is the oldest existing restaurant in the entire world that still serves to visitors.
The restaurant has earned its much-deserved fame thanks to its rustic and Castilian cuisine that includes succulent roasted meats that have been fired inside an oven that dates back to 300 years before today. The restaurant was previously named Casa Botin which was later changed to Sobrino de Botin. The new name roughly translates to “Nephew of Botin”. This change of name was initiated after the death of Mrs. Botin when her nephew acquired charge of the restaurant. The current owners of the restaurant are Gonzalez family.
Sobrino de Botin consists of 4 floors with the look of an old age Spanish tavern that existed during the 70s and 80s. The restaurant houses 3 dining rooms that include, “The Bodega (cellar)”, “The Filepe IV Room”, and “The Castilla Room”. Among the famous signature dishes of this restaurant, you can order Corder asado or “The Roast Lamb” and Cochinillo asado better known as “Roast Suckling Pig”. The restaurant follows a pattern when it comes to receiving these ingredients for the dishes. At least 3 to 4 times every week the restaurant gets lambs from the Sepulveda and suckling pigs from the Segovia area.
Lambs as well as the pigs are prepared and roasted inside the old oven over fire wood place that is constructed from cast iron. The Suckling Pig tends to be crispy on the skin area with tender meat inside. It comes with a side serving of roasted potatoes. Inspired from Sobrino de Botin’s dish, Hemmingway immortalized its taste with his words jotted down in the book named “The Sun Also Rises”. The text goes something like this:
“We lunched upstairs at Botín’s. It is one of the best restaurants in the world. We had roast young suckling pig and drank rioja alta.”
Another dish to try when at Sobrino de Botin is the Clams Botin. It is a popular dish that features a special onion sauce along with chili pepper of the hot kind, paprika, laurel lead, tomato puree and last but not the last dry form of white wine. Typical Spanish folks eat eggs during the dinner time which why you can find the tasty scrambled egg by the restaurant chef that comes along with black sausages and some potatoes out in the menu for you to pick from. Make sure you try out the different local cuisines served by the restaurant as you enjoy your meal with the Spanish live music.