What: Chocolateria San Churro
Where: Shop No. 11, Silver Pearl, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W)
What’s on the menu: Chocolate in every form, coffee, milkshakes
The newest feather in Bandra’s much-decorated cap is an Australian chain that’s claim-to-fame is a Spanish dish. Chocolateria San Churro is only a few minutes away from its closest competitor, A Chocolate Affair, which opened last year, but is slowly drawing in crowds.
The split-level eatery is run by helpful and courteous staff, who help you pick the best out of a galaxy of chocolate-based offerings. After placing our order, we proceed to the upper level, which is a seating-only area with minimal but effective décor.
The trademark churros, a Spanish-style doughnut (Rs 155) arrive first. Watching them being fried in an interesting pan rouses curiosity. Generously dusted with cinnamon, they come with choice of dip – dark, white or milk chocolate. We suggest dark chocolate to avoid it from becoming too sweet.
The Classic Spanish (Rs 105) is a hot chocolate, which the menu touts as ‘rich, thick and seriously addictive.’ True to its description, it is very rich and extremely thick. And the drink is steaming even after ten minutes.
The menu promises milk chocolate and chocolate ice cream in the Banana Lambada (Rs 145), but all we can taste in our thick drink is the pulpy fruit. That may not be such a bad thing, though, because it tastes delicious. Our dessert, the Cheesecake Brownie (Rs 135) is the only disappointment. The two layers just don’t mesh, and there’s an inexplicable lemony taste.
Visiting this chocolate haven on a full stomach, like we did, is a bad idea. Most of our order had to be packed away deftly into little boxes of all shapes and sizes. Meanwhile, the large tapas platters and fondues appear enticing enough for us to go back soon.
What we like
Good quality ingredients
Impressive packaging of take-aways
What we don’t like
Lack of savoury dishes