Originally Posted by Xericx
I wanted to go to Casa Botin because it looked great on "Bizarre foods" and is the oldest restaurant in the world (supposedly).
I had lunch at Botin today and am passing along this review along with bad low light iphone pics.
There is a big picture of Hemingway in the front window, which nearly caused me to avoid going inside. I don't like that kind of touristy thing, although I understand why they do it (google Hemingway and Botin if you are curious).
When you go inside you can choose to eat upstairs in the very nice 19th century-ish, well lit space. That would be a mistake. Go into the cellar.
The cellar is basically a 500 year old hole in the ground. It is accessible behind the bar and is like walking into a mineshaft. Here:
There is a deeper, weirder, older, more claustophobic area below this space, which is the wine cellar. It scared the hell out of me to look into it.
We had croquetas (awesome, crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside), garlic soup (excellent). Also the langostinos a la plancha (grilled large shrimp), which were incredibly good. I am from south Louisiana so I sucked the heads of the shrimp but this is not Spanish or normal really so do this at your own risk.
I had the suckling pig, which was great. Crispy skin; moist and rich meat. I found that it was better after I added salt, so do this. It is served on the bone, which is how it should be. If you don't like that, order something else.
I got a bit bombed off a pitcher of sangria. Also good.
It is sort of expensive but worth it.