The manager proudly explained to us that the title of ‘the oldest restaurant in the world’ came to them in an unexpected way. That the restaurant that previously hold the record of world’s oldest actually moved location during it’s long history, so a regular client decided to bring Sobrino de Botin to Guinness’s attention. And so, fame came upon them. Sobrino de Botin might not be the oldest restaurant in the world, but according to the Guinness Book of World Records it is the oldest running restaurant in the world that never closed and never changed location.
We ordered sangria and for starter we went with melon con jamon (melon with ham), a Spanish classic and a favorite of mine. We also ordered ensalada Botin (Botin salad), since we figured it would be a lighter and healthier option. We were at the beginning of a one month culinary tour of Europe, mind you, so we better watched out what we ate. Both proved to be delicious options, and the servings generous. The salad in itself could have been easily shared. It was made with a great variety of fresh ingredients, and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil. Anyways, truth is, after starter, we didn’t feel hungry anymore.
We ended on a sweet note, with cheese cake with white chocolate and a mascarpone cup with mango. It was the perfect ending to a perfect evening!