Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sobrino de Botin

Spain, Part I: Established in 1725 (!), this is the world's oldest restaurant that's still in business, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Ernest Hemingway was a habitual customer here. In the closing passage of "The Sun Also Rises," his characters feast on this Madrid eatery's centuries-old specialty of roast suckling pig.

Garlic soup with egg & diced bread. A rustic recipe that could work as comfort food, but beware: it's scorching enough to agonizingly scald a tongue or two.

Every table seemed to order the near-legendary pig. Hearty, remarkably flavorful meat, bursting with savory juices. As good as pork gets, probably.

Roast baby lamb is another worthwhile order. Gamy, but also spectacularly succulent.

At this rate, Sobrino de Botin will survive beyond our lifespan. But maybe we'll return someday.



Sobrino de Botin,
Madrid, Spain.
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26 comments:

  1. World's oldest restaurant. I wonder how old are their pots and pans. Their kitchen must be overly infused with rustic delicious flavors after so many years...

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    1. Smitten by food: heh, I guess generations of cooks, waiters, pots & pans must have passed through this restaurant in the past nearly 300 years! :D

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  2. Ohh... you visited Spain again? I'm guessing you got some stares for taking food pics? (used to get that in Germany as its not common thing for them to do)

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooh, maybe amateur food photography is becoming more rampant worldwide nowadays. we didn't feel uncomfortable snapping photos at most of the restaurants we visited in spain. luckily my camera is tiny anyway, heh :D

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  3. Is food in spain salty? My mom keeps complaining to me that it is. Maybe because she followed a tour....

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    1. Michelle: hmmm, i found the food flavorsome & savory, but i didn't think it was overly or noticeably salty. ya, i think if possible, it's best to travel independently & choose your own dining destinations :D

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Spain some years back but I was too young to try anything awesome! Got to get back there soon!!! :D

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    1. Vien: heh, you're still really young, so you have plenty of time to travel & explore! i'm envious! :D

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  5. Wow, 200+ years old restaurant!
    The restaurant seems very crowded, I guess I will be shy to take photos. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, when this restaurant was first opened, we were still in the zaman penjajahan belanda! :D ya, it was crowded, but since nobody knew us there, we could just take photos & never meet those people again =)

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  6. Near legendary pig is very nice ...
    very moist n some gravy juice .. GOOD..

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    1. Simple Person: ya, the perfect pig! :D

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  7. Are you away for a trip? Ernest Hemingway...i remember his book The Old Man and The Sea for my English Literature.

    The garlic soup looks like a good hearty soup! I wonder if anyone serves it here?

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh, i was away in bangkok for work last week, but i'm back in KL this week =) and ya, i remember reading a few hemingway books, but i never really enjoyed them, heheh =) maybe you could make the soup at home! can probably find the recipe online, and it seems like it's not too difficult to make :D

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  8. Wooow our Sean has been to THE world's oldest restaurant! That is such an amazing experience! Omg! So cool! Actually the fact that you have been to Spain is such an amazing experience already! Omg did you just get back from Spain? Was it for the CNY? Or even your bday? Hehe

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    1. Rad: ohh, spain was actually months ago, but i'm only now managing to put together these photos & words :D

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  9. You're in Spain! Oh... so jealous.

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    1. The Yum List: i was in spain, but i'm back! i totally wouldn't mind being in spain right now though :D

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  10. Gosh the world's OLDEST restaurant! That's sure a feat! look at the roasted baby lamb.. I can almost hear the crack of the crispy skin :P

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    1. Iamthewitch: yeah, it's really impressive that the restaurant has managed to maintain its standards & quality of food after HUNDREDS of years! heheh :D

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  11. Oh you make me wanna revisit Spain and do a food tour instead of merely backpacking. (Cos this time, with Devil in tow, creature comforts are a must!)

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    1. Kenny: oh yeah, countries like spain, france & italy seem like great destinations for food tours! you'd come home 10 pounds heavier after all the paella & pasta! :D

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  12. That pic of garlic soup with egg and diced bread got me drooling. I hope the utensils are not the world's oldest. ;P

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    1. Bangsar-babe: heheh, as long as they wash the utensils each time, i wouldn't mind how old they are. but yeah, i wonder why that soup isn't found at spanish restaurants in KL :D

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  13. the garlic soup with egg and diced bread must have been the most fattening soup I've ever seen. ewww...

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    1. Eiling: heheh, but garlic is supposed to be kinda healthy! :D

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