Oldest Restaurant in the World: El Botín in Madrid, Spain

El Botín was founded in 1725 and is officially the oldest restaurant in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records

People from all over the world travel to Madrid to dine there, including some of the most well known movie stars, writers and members of the royalty family.

In the eighteenth century the guilds were organized by neighbourhoods and in each street they grouped all the businesses that sold different products: butchers, fruteros, vintners, craftsmen, etc.

There was a law that did not allow those who were part of the guild to sell products in respect to the other businesses. With that in mind, when the first restaurants appeared, the customers brought the food to the restaurant and the people working prepared and served the food,  but did not supply it.

The food at this restaurant is very traditional. We ordered asparagus, mushrooms and a delicious sirloin. The dishes were not elaborate, like many of the many of the high quality restaurants, but the quality and preparation of the food made the experience unforgettable.

The asparagus with homemade mayonnaise sauce is the best I’ve ever eaten (I don’t even like mayonnaise) and the dessert was rich, sweet and the perfect end to the dinner.

Apart from enjoying the food, it was interesting to sit and observe all the different kinds of people that were dining and listen to them speak all kinds of different languages.  With the variety of people from around the world, it is clear that many people who visit Madrid want to live the experience of visiting the oldest restaurant in the world.

 

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