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Madrid--Roast Suckling Pig

FoodDude2 Apr 22, 2008 10:16 AM

Where is the best one at?? Botin?

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  1. kathinmadrid RE: FoodDude2 Apr 23, 2008 02:54 PM

    Other posts in the Spain section will recommend places which do the roast pig (the type of restaurant is called an "asador") but Botin is always a good choice--reliable food, centrally located, fascinating building. I always take my visitors there and while it is in all the guidebooks and there are a lot of foreigners you just may see a member of the royal family taking THEIR visitors there.

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      caille en sarcophage RE: kathinmadrid Jun 12, 2009 12:19 PM

      My avatar pic is a pic of the roast suckling pig at Botin. Yes it's good. Yes the place is touristy. But there are lots of Spanish tourists there too.

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        arobmadrid RE: kathinmadrid Mar 27, 2010 06:30 AM

        This is true - the one time I went, Principe Felipe was having dinner there!

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        humble drinker RE: FoodDude2 Apr 23, 2008 04:14 PM

        I agree with kathinmadird, and recommend you El Botin.
        Yes, it is touristy, but they serve really authentic and excellent "cochinillo".

        At first, I had kind of rejection due to its touristy trait, but came to acknowledge that their food is honest and of good quality.

        During the time I lived in Madrid, I also took my clients and visitors to El Botin.

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          NJcook RE: FoodDude2 May 16, 2008 02:24 PM

          My husband and I have eaten lunch at el Botin twice. The first time, 6 years ago, everything was wonderful. This past time in mid-March, the roast pig was tough and dried out, even though it was the beginning of lunchtime. FYI,everything in Spain has gotten extremely expensive, even taking the exchange rate into account. The restaurant prices rival those in France, with wine and beer being the only reasonably priced things.

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            trvlcrzy RE: FoodDude2 May 17, 2008 03:51 PM

            Definitely Botin!...Not to mention that it's the oldest continuously running restaurant in the world.

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              J.L. RE: trvlcrzy Jun 1, 2009 09:51 PM

              Older than Hyotei in Kyoto, Japan (running since 1291)?

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              Frank in Phuket RE: FoodDude2 Nov 25, 2008 08:30 PM

              You will never ever forgive yourself if you go to Madrid and don't eat in Botin, the suckling pig of course, flan is offered for dessert but the chocolate mousse is sublime- the best..
              Ignore those who say its touristy, what famous restaurant doesn't have a few foreign visitors? Many locals eat here also. It's not cheap but a delightful dining room and service and a reasonable wine list, check out the open fireplace kitchen as soon as you enter, straight ahead..Buy an earthen ware wine pitcher for a memento. you will dream of roast suckling pig, the eye on the ribs were as big as an American twenty-five cent piece,
              an amazing experience that will be with you forever.
              By all means splurge and eat here,

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                apfk88 RE: Frank in Phuket Nov 26, 2008 05:55 AM

                Was just in Madrid, 3 of us wanted the experience and ordered the entire pig (6 official servings). Didn't eat for 24 hours after. So awesome. Remember to get into the head and eat the piggy brain just to say you did. I made my two friends do it. Now they hate me.

                Great resto. Thought it would be touristy but we seemed to be the only tourists there. Went there on a saturday right when it opened at 1pm. You must do this if you don't have a reservation. By 2pm the line was out the door (and this is a big restaurant).

                If you go to madrid - go here. Check attached picture for added inspiration.

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                  apfk88 RE: apfk88 Nov 26, 2008 05:57 AM

                  here is the picture

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                    Alice RE: apfk88 May 11, 2009 04:08 PM

                    any other opinions? i dont' like the touristy things but i really do want to try suckling pig. anywhere else that does it better?

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                      butterfly RE: Alice May 11, 2009 08:09 PM

                      Can you take a day trip to Segovia? It's less that 30 minutes on the train (and a great city to walk around). Jose María near the cathedral is excellent.

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                        Alice RE: butterfly May 12, 2009 01:09 AM

                        we are only in madrid 2 full days, 1 day we are day tripping to toledo, so unfortunately i don't think we'll have time. :(

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                          jeffbarr RE: butterfly May 16, 2009 01:42 PM

                          agree w/ butterfly on José María. not only was the suckling pig beyond great, but the roast lamb might have been better? one of my best meals anywhere.

                          Restaurante Jos
                          Calle del Cronista Lecea, 11, Segovia, CL 40001, ES

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                            mr_gimlet RE: jeffbarr May 17, 2009 02:02 AM

                            jeff, what kind of prices do they charge? their website is priceless

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                              butterfly RE: mr_gimlet May 17, 2009 05:48 AM

                              I was just there a few weeks ago. As I remember the cochinillo was around 20 euros. It was big enough for two of us to share.

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                                glutton RE: butterfly Mar 26, 2010 03:20 AM

                                Restaurante Jose Maria sounds wonderful. I'm going to be driving from San Sebastian down to Madrid on a Friday -- would I need to make reservations at this Jose Maria for lunch or could I just walk in?

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                                  butterfly RE: glutton Mar 26, 2010 06:23 AM

                                  I would make a reservation, just to be safe.

                2. sparkalina RE: FoodDude2 May 26, 2009 11:48 AM

                  Try the Museo del Vino on c/ Cruz 14. Just ate there last week. FANTASTIC. The skin was so crunchy when I cut into it it was like breaking glass! I had the Sopa de MAriscos for a starter (awesome) and my dad had the Langostinos (chilled with a creamy rose sauce) delicious and only 19 Euros each.

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