My cousin Sharon booked us a table at the oldest restaurant in the world and it was in Madrid. Initially I was hesitant to go to Restaurante Botin because of the mixed reviews I read online. The ratings were really from very negative to superlatives. But I thought since it managed to stay open since 1725 the food must be something else.
Even before the restaurant opened at 7:00 pm there was already a lot of people waiting to get in.
Their croquetas was the best I’ve eaten in my entire time in Spain. The chicken and ham wasn’t too finely chopped and I could still taste the texture of the meat. The white sauce that held the croquetas together was thick but not too rich.
croquetas de pollo y jamon (chicken & ham croquettes) €9,10
It was a good thing we halved an order of the suckling pig or else we couldn’t have eaten other things. Half an order was more than enough for one person. We saw the plates of the other diners who ordered a full serving of suckling pig and it was big. I got the bony part of the pig which I loved. There was more crispy skin and the meat near the bones were even more delicate. It was very juicy, smokey and very flavorful. It was really worth it.
1/2 order cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) €23,95 (full order)
Rochelle got a smaller portion but it was meatier and she couldn’t finish it. We have cochinillo in several restaurants in Manila and they are good but none are as juicy as this. Look at all the natural juice that seeped out on the plate.