OBSESSING OVER CHOCOLATE AT SAN CHURRO
Chocolateria San Churro is a café serving – naturally – chocolate con churros that are a must-have dessert. Served with a choice of milk, dark, and white chocolate, the fried churros are dusted with sugar and guaranteed to be polished off in the blink of an eye.
Chocolateria San Churro, Shop No 11, Silver Pearl Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra (w), Mumbai 400 050. Phone: 022 2640 0044
If this were Spain, there would be chocolatiers lining the streets and chocolate con churros the breakfast table, like they should. Roughly 5,000 miles away, everything at Chocolateria San Churro – right from the wall motifs to chocolate-heavy menu – mirrors that Spanish obsession.
Push open the doors and you can immediately hear that bubbling sound of churros being fried. The well-stocked display counter is full of tall pastries, chocolate truffles, and candies. My advice would be to follow the cocoa trail upstairs to the girl with the marshmallow and chocolate-dipped one liners. The service may be a tad slow, but you can polish off the fried donuts in peace.
The three-piece poco works for a lone soul. Company, of course, demands a fondue, with the addition of fruit, brownies, and marshmallows so there is no growing mistrust as the plate starts to empty. There's complete impunity to acting like a kid here, dipping fingers and licking spoons. Like it says on the walls, chocolate doesn't discriminate. I don't either. Milk, dark, and white, I have licked all the bowls clean at San Churro, time after time, from that first visit, when the fried churros, with dusted sugar, and melted couverture chocolate found its way to the table.
If you don’t have quite the sweet tooth (unlike the Spaniards and me), the folder-shaped menu offers everything from sandwiches to nachos to pasta. The coffee is strong enough, and the iced tea comes with just the right amount of infusion. The Spaniard in me would, of course, ask you to go for hot chocolate, maybe with a hint of mint. For a quick European detour, though, just stick to the time-tested recipe for churros.
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