Wednesday, April 15, 2015

10 Places in Manila to Get Your Churro Fix

Choose (and Chew) Your Churros: 10 Places in Manila to Get Your Churro Fix


Churros, with their golden deep fried bodies of crisp and chewy, is often called the Spanish doughnut. Often consumed for breakfast and merienda, a churro can come knotted, curled, curved, or in thicker straight sticks, and have that characteristic ridged body from being piped. Churros are typically dusted with some sugar, also cinnamon, and can be stuffed with fillings in assorted flavors. These bready pastry are common street snacks in Spain, populating streetsides (churros vendors and stalls called 'churreria'), and are best consumed freshly fried and dipped in hot chocolate like a fondue, and paired well with a cup of coffee.

Photo from Don Churro Instagram
Golden deep fried bodies of warm, crisp and chewy, dusted with sugar, then dipped in hot chocolate. How can one resist this Spanish sweet treat? And with the creativity of our modern foodies, cooks, and chefs, chewing on churros has become more varied than ever. Churros are now presented in many ways and forms and flavors -- it's just as versatile and fun to eat as a doughnut-- and can be ordered in many places here in Manila. If you're craving for churros, then this list is for you.
Photo from Dulcinea Facebook

1. Dulcinea
Makati, Mandaluyong, QC, Pasay
Order: They're the O.G. of churros in Manila (the brand has been around since the sixties), so a serving of their best-selling Churros con Chocolate (P118) is definitely a throwback for your tastebuds.

Photo from The Bayleaf Intramuros Facebook
2. Cioccolata Churros Cafe
Bayleaf, Intramuros | FB: /thebayleafintramuros
Order: The hotel's coffee shop is probably the only spot in old Manila where you can have churros. Try their Original (P75), churros with hot Spanish chocolate, Coffee Caramel (P90), churros with coffee caramel sauce, Dusted (P80) with cinnamon and sugar with hot chocolate, or Double Dip (P100) with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
3. Alqueria Restaurante Y Chocolateria
Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall
FB: /AlqueriaPH | IG: @alqueriaph
Order: This Spanish restaurant by Sumo Sam group is also a chocolateria, so desserts are a highlight. Have their Churros (P168/3 pcs, P248/5 pcs) you can dunk on white, milk, or dark chocolate dip made with Valor--a known brand of master chocolatiers from Spain.
Photo from Churreria La Lola Facebook
4. Churreria La Lola
Power Plant Mall and SM Aura
FB: /churrerialalola | IG: @churreria_la_lola
Order: Everything. It's a churreria, so expect their menu to be filled with many churros options. There's Churros Clasicos (P110/6pcs, P195/12pcs, P275/18pcs); Chocochurros dipped in dark chocolate (P195/6pcs, P345/12pcs, P495/18pcs); Xuxos (P120) churros stuffed with choice of Nutella, Dulce de Leche, Strawberry Jam, or Peanut Butter; Churroreo (P275) mini black choco churros with vanilla ice cream and caramel, and a savory churros, Churros Bravos (P195), salty mini churros with aioli and salsa brava.
Photo from Don Churro Instagram
5. Don Churro
Midnight Mercato BGC (Friday and Saturday), Salcedo Market (Saturday), Legaspi Market (Sunday)
FB: /DonChurroManila | IG: @donchurroph
Order: Like La Lola, this churros brand is also run by a Spaniard, and also has a strong churros fanbase. Visit a weekend market to try Marc Puigtio's Churros con Chocolate (P100/3pcs, P150/6pcs), and Plain Churros (P50/3pcs).
Photo from Tapeo Instagram
6. Tapeo
Fort Strip, BGC
FB: / | IG: @tapeo
Order: After your fill of tapas, sangria and wine, spoil your palate with dessert at Tapeo. Seeing that the demand for churros is rising, they have recently set up a churros cart for a quicker way to meet your orders of Churros (P152), with dips in chocolate, choc-nut, and dulce de leche flavors.

Photo from Rambla Facebook
7. Rambla
Rockwell Makati
Facebook: /ramblaph | IG: @ramblaph
Order: Legit churros fanatics in Manila are in the know that the folks behind the popular Churreria La Lola in Power Plant and SM Aura are the Spanish men at the helm of Rambla. End your Spanish meal at Rambla with Churros with Warm Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream (P245), or Xuxos (P245).
Photo from Xocolat Facebook
8. Xocolat
Katipunan, Libis, Greenhills |FB: /luvXOCOLAT | IG: @luvxocolat
Order: Xocolat is one of the more popular chocolate cafes and dessert brands in Manila, so you should definitely try pairing their hot chocolate with the Spanish fried pastry in their Churros con Xocolate (P145).

Photo from Beso Cucina Vinoteka Facebook
9. Beso Cucina Vinoteka
BGC, Taguig
FB: /besomanila | IG: @beso_manila
Order: This Spanish restaurant, with food by Chef Carlo Miguel of Draft, is popular for their tapas, wine, and sangria. It has their Spanish comfort dessert down pat with Churros and Chocolate (P145) dusted with cinnamon and other spices.
Photo from Manam Facebook
10. Manam Comfort Filipino
Greenbelt, Mall of Asia, Fairview Terraces
FB: /ManamPH | IG: @manamph
Order: The Spanish influence on our Filipino palate will always be present and welcome in local comfort food dining. Head to Manam for a fun and playful take on the Spanish classic with their Pan de Churros con Tsokolate (P205).

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