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Published July 8th 2013
San Churro is one of Adelaide's few Spanish themed dessert restaurants. Located on the corner of Rundle Street, San Churro has been nothing short of a full house since it's opening night on March 4th with Adelaidian's buzzing around looking for a taste of their sweet and sometimes spicy treats.
The story behind San Churro goes as follows. The Great Spanish explorer, Hernan Cortes was mistaken by local Mexican inhabitants as a descendant of the Ouetzalcoatl, a patron god to the cocoa crops. In honor of the cocoa deity, the Aztec Emperor offered Hernan a goblet of 'xocolatl' which was a thick drink made from ground cocoa beans and infused with chilli and spices. Cortes returned to Spain with the knowledge of this drink and a vast amount of coca beans and shared it with the King. The Spanish court was so enamoured by this drink that it was restricted only to nobility for their enjoyment alone. The recipe was entrusted to Spanish monks who then went on to sweeten and refine the cocoa recipe.
For one hundred years the chocolate remained a guarded secret by the Spanish aristocracy until the day the Queen of Spain grew greatly ill from an unexplained malady and was placed on her death bed. It was on this deathbed that one of the caring monks comforted her with a drink of hot chocolate. That hot chocolate mysterious reinvigorated the Queen and brought her back to life as though it were a magical potion. The monk went on to declare chocolate a gift from God and one that deserved to be shared and enjoyed by all. That monk was San Churro and he therein made it his life's work to share the secret of chocolate with the masses.
Now of course this is but a fictional story, as Hernan Cortes or more specifically Hernan Cortes de Monroy y Pizarro, 1st Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca was a Spanish Conquistador who was responsible for an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire. He was the man to bring large portions of Mexico's mainland under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century. It is however a cute story to mull over whilst you drink your hot chocolate's and indulge in a variety of sweet treats.
A fan favourite at San Churro appears to be their sharing plates. From their churros for two, Churros Fiesta and even their Fruit Fondue, San Churros has an atmosphere of sharing. A personal favourite of my own is their Fruit Fondue, alongside a white hot chocolate that is more heavenly than words can describe, tasting almost as though someone has melted marshmallows into an adorable mug for me to sip on.
Aside from their churros and tasting plates, San Churro offers a large variety in sugary and chocolate goods. There is a variety of ice creams and sundaes as well as an ice cream sandwich that contains some of their delectable white chocolate ice cream between two scrumptious chocolate biscuits.
If you're looking for something small or even something to take home they even offer a variety of cake slices and a vast collection of delectable macaroons. I highly suggest their salted caramel macaroon. Having tasted many all over Adelaide, San Churros can definitely boast the very best.
Make sure you head down there sometimes this week.