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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Chocolateria San Churro, Glebe

San Churro hot chocolate

Okay so I've been meaning to get to San Churro for weeks now, the Victorian franchise that opened up its first Sydney branch in Glebe over a month ago.

Chocolate con churros bring together perhaps the two greatest things in this life: melted chocolate and freshly made donuts. As Homer would say, anghhhhhhhhhhhhhkkkkkk.

San Churro Truffles $1.95 each

It's a warm and cosy cafe that greets you, plenty of dark wood, a splash of tangerine on one wall and a Spanish arch that leads to an alcove of tables. At the front are shelves laden with shiny cellophane bags containing chocolate buds, cocoa powder and gift packs containing t-shirts. But the eye is more likely to be drawn to the display cabinet of chocolate cakes and pastries, the sliding drawer of truffles that resemble fine jewellery, or the huge vat of oil into which lengths of churros may be sizzling and crisping to a golden bliss.

The hot chocolate is extremely thick, the texture of thickening custard, and served at a very hot temperature. Both its density and its heat mean the use of a spoon is somewhat necessary.

We sample four different truffles, containing absinthe, peanut butter, balsamic vinegar and chilli. It's hard to detect the absinthe, but the peanut butter is smooth and creamy, the balsamic has a nuance of raspberries, and the chilli truffle is both flavoured and dusted with tongue-tingling chilli powder.

Churros kids serve $3.95

But it's the churros that is the main attraction and they are indeed the highlight. I'm childishly pleased with the kids serve ($3.95), two churros that come with your choice of melted chocolate (I chose dark over milk and white) and even better, a little pot of hundreds and thousands as well.

The churros are warm and crispy, the golden corrugations perfect vessels for holding lashings of sweet melted chocolate. The rainbow of hundred and thousands make for a total sugar overload, but it's such a cheerful juvenile indulgency that I can't resist... over and over again. The adult version ($7.95) comes with four churros but really, being a kid is much more fun.

Chocolateria San Churro
47 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9692 0119

Open 7 days 9am-11pm
(Friday and Saturday til midnight)

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Churros at Miro Tapas Bar, December 2006 and August 2004
Chocolate con churros recipe

16 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 10/28/2007 11:59:00 pm


  • At 10/29/2007 2:26 am, Blogger Jen said…

    I've been meaning to go to San Churro for some time now, but I still haven't gotten around to it. Although I have been to their Melb store. We also got the churros but didn't get the novelty of being able to dip into some rainbow sprinkles!

  • At 10/29/2007 9:57 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I tried this place just after it opened - having been lucky enough to try churros in Madrid I found it much less greasy at san churro; but the chocolate was no where near as good. Too much thickening with non chocolate stuff (ie flour)...Nice cafe though.

  • At 10/29/2007 10:17 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    something more refreshing without the crowds at max brenner

    dropped by a few weeks ago and was wondering when you'd blog about it :P

    do you prefer the churros and choc dip at san churros or at miro's more?

  • At 10/29/2007 11:58 am, Blogger Kat said…

    How funny--I have a San Churro post in draft. The hot chocolate I got wasn't thick at all, but the absinthe truffle just...burned (in a good way)!

  • At 10/29/2007 5:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    great timing. i visited san churro at glebe on sunday. had the normal churro with dark dipping chocolate. thought it was good and glad to see they cook them freshly rather than reheat them like some places might do. the ones i had in bilbao/spain where thicker and a bit lighter/airer but these are still worth trying.

    love ya work. i have taken photos as well on http://www.myspace.com/simonleong if you want to check out.

    simon :-)

  • At 10/29/2007 9:19 pm, Blogger spicyicecream said…

    My boyfriend and I were at San Churro this afternoon, followed by a trip to the bookshop next door and then the Apple store because we're big geeks. Absolutely perfect afternoon.

    We shared the tapas, but my favourite was the churros. The dulce du leche milk chocolate truffle was pretty amazing too.

  • At 10/30/2007 9:10 am, Blogger Unknown said…


    Those Churros are on my Sunday to do list!

    Ive been reading your blog for awhile now and I have to say you are excellent at what you do! Your photos are always lucious and your writing is drool inducing!

    I try and do some food blogging but my tummy talks louder than my blogging instincts and I always end up taking photos of the empty bowls! Oh well! Second time around!

    Anyway keep up the good work!

  • At 10/30/2007 11:01 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ohh..!! i haven't had churros for such a long time..!

  • At 10/30/2007 1:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There's one at the Miranda shopping centre..so i'll make sure to visit that place in the next few days. Thank you...i would've never come across it had it not been for this post!

  • At 10/30/2007 5:11 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mmm that kid's meal pic looks scrumptiously crispy and its great that they make the to order. Fried food just isn't the same reheated up.

  • At 10/31/2007 1:24 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi jenjen - The rainbow sprinkles were an unexpected treat, and yes, you must get yourself to San Churro, for inter-city research purposes, of course!

    Hi jax - We thought the hot chocolate was a little overly thickened too. It's a lovely cafe though. Who doesn't want fresh churros available on demand!

    Hi Lyn - All churros are good :) I guess San Churros are more conveniently located and you can just drop in for churros anytime until late.

    Hi kat 0+ - Lucky you with the absinthe truffle! We tried hard to detect it with limited success.

    Hi Simon Leong - Ahh I beat you by two days. I was there on Friday :)

    Hi Lisa - That end of Glebe Point Road is fab isn't it? I was looking at the tapas plate but in the end the kids plate was perfect for one :)

    Hi Eva - I find it harder to eat out and not take photos. It feels a little strange and, almost sacreligous. Argh! But thank you for your very kind words indeed :) and I love your little avatar pic too!

    Hi Mama Bok - Yes donuts are definitely one thing I always get someone else to make :)

    Hi Jennifer - Enjoy your churros and hot chocolate :)

    Hi Lorraine E - Few things equal a donut fresh from the fryer. Mmm... donuts....

  • At 6/05/2008 8:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can somebody tell me if the place is pram-friendly ie. spacious, easy to get around etc. Thanks.

  • At 6/06/2008 9:49 am, Blogger Kat said…

    My mother's group has met here once and we all fit, so it's big enough for prams. But this was during the day. Whenever I've been there at night (9am and later), it's always been packed and tables are hard to come by. Also, there are roadworks happening at the moment, so getting there by pram is a bit bumpy although I managed to get my double pram in without too much of a hassle. Hope this helps.

  • At 6/07/2008 12:09 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - Kat o+ has done a great job with a response. Otherwise, as with any venue query, I'd give the business a ring directly and find out their advice/recommendations re: pram access.

    Hi Kat o+ - Thanks for taking the time to respond. Sounds like you had all angles covered :)

  • At 6/07/2008 12:57 am, Blogger Kat said…

    Hmm, can you tell I have churros a lot? :-D

    Also, I meant "9pm and later" in my comment above.

  • At 6/10/2008 9:29 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Kat O+ - Can one every have too many churros? I'm just glad I don't live around the corner! And you know, I didn't even notice that typo either, I just saw "night" and presumed pm :)


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