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San Churros – Adelaide keeps face

San Churros Banana Sundae

San Churros Banana Sundae

I first went to San Churros five or so years ago. In Melbourne. It was pretty awesome – a small, dimly lit café serving thick Spanish hot chocolate and churros. Fast forward to the present day, and here is Adelaide, boasting its very own San Churros, est. March, 2013. Find it on the corner of Rundle St (East) and East Terrace. Or just look for a huge line of people.

I have to admit, the one time I went there (during the Fringe Festival), I was actually seated quite quickly. I’ve heard complaints from others that the wait time is high. It’s still early days, and a chain from Melbourne, so I am sure the wait time will diminish. Look at the Chocolate Bean – while it’s usually full, there isn’t usually a lineup.

Now, the dessert. I really enjoyed the flavour combination of chocolate (melted – but real, not syrup), banana, cream and nuts. The churros were comparable to Chocolate Taperia and not better or worse. Chocolate Taperia’s churros were a bit doughier on the inside but San Churros lacked softness in the interior.

San Churros is definitely worth a visit though a little pricier, in my opinion, than some dessert cafés, but prices are inline with Chocolate Taperia, a café with a similar theme, but less emphasis on churros. Check them out.

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Bibimbap, baby

Bibimbap at Mandoo

Bibimbap at Mandoo

Korean food is yummy. Mandoo proves this by having yummy food that is Korean. Failproof logic. You’ll find Mandoo on Bank St, Adelaide. They are more famous for their dumplings but I am enarmoured of their Bibimbap. Fresh taste, pickled veggies, and so much fun! I love dishes that require a little putting together (wrap your own cold rolls being another!) and Bibimbap is a perfect example. Serve yourself a bit of this, a bit of that, some chilli sauce and mix it all together.

Dumplings at Mandoo

Dumplings at Mandoo

I can’t simply forget to mention the dumplings, of course. Accompanied by some greens and potato, they were flavoursome and wholesome. I missed my dirty fried chicken and prawn dumplings from Dumpling King, frankly. These made me feel guilty. I’d recommend them. I don’t think they trump Shanghai dumplings, however I’ve only tried them from here and haven’t had any other Korean dumplings before. I’ll have to try some other places. I’ll also let you in on something else – when I first had Pho, I wasn’t impressed. The flavour was outside of my comfort zone. It took me a few tries. Dumpling King took me a few tries, as well. I never feel quite comfortable saying I don’t like something, because chances are I will – someday. Just let my taste buds catch up!

Anyway, they are popular on Urbanspoon!

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Pho Han

Combination broken rice & strawberry shake

Combination broken rice & strawberry shake

Pho Han makes a terrific and consistent pho. Consistency is important with Pho – no one likes a tasteless broth, and plenty of restaurants I don’t go back to let me down on my first visit.

Their combination rice is also fantastic – I love combination rice, with the yummy pork pieces – crumbed, roasted (with crunchy, salty crackling), meatloaf and pork skin noodles – on top of broken rice, with a few pickled veggies and a sunny side up egg.

While I’m usually a coconut juice fan (I love the coconut pieces and it reminds me of Vietnam and Thailand), their Strawberry Smoothie is fantastic – more sour than sweet. The iced tea (pictured below) is also a favourite because I love the jasmine flavour.

Pho at Pho Han

Pho at Pho Han

I recommend Pho Han for all your pho needs, as well as a great range of delicious dishes, and old-fashioned family service. I’ve visited this place at least 4 times in the past year and have not been disappointed.

Pho Han opened in 2012, at 93 Grand Junction Road, Rosewater.

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Roll & Roll and Chatime

Roll & Roll has two locations in the City centre. I have only visited the Bank St premises. It’s opposite Australian Pizza House (oh the pizza-filled memories…). Have you visited before?

Roll & Roll make their sushi as you wait. They specialise in scrumptious (albeit more expensive than your usual) “inside out” style rolls – think Californian but with other flavour combinations. They come in four or eight piece sets. Luckily the four piece sets are pretty much half the price of the eight piece sets, so it’s easy to get four of one and four of the other. I bought the Dragon roll (4 pieces @ $4.00) which is comprised of an eel and  white wine sauce, eel, cream cheese and cucumber. I also had the Caterpillar roll (same price) but can’t remember the ingredients – salmon, fish roe, avocado – you get the picture! A touch of wasabi and a little soy sauce and you have umami.

I have to make the call and say that, while expensive, I think this is probably the best tasting and most adventurous sushi you are likely to find in Adelaide. Disagree? Tell me what you like. If I haven’t tried it, I’m always up for new food adventures!

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Sushi from Roll & Roll

Roll & Roll’s reviews:
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For dessert, I couldn’t go past Chatime. What’s your favourite flavour combination from Chatime? I have had the Peach QQ with coconut jelly before. This time I had the Matcha Latte with grape jelly. I love fruit flavoured jelly though my favourite bubble tea addition is still chocolate pudding, something I’ve only ever had in the China Town in Melbourne (ok that’s ONE thing they have over us!) I also love Chatime in general. It’s cute, with a fantastic range of drinks. Of course, prices are higher as well. $5.20 for the regular in this case, including 50 cent add-on for grape jelly.

I got this with half sugar and it was perfect. I love how it’s half green and half white when they serve it. I love the grape hubba bubba taste of the jelly. It’s perfect.

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Matcha Latte with grape Jelly from Chatime

Chatime’s reviews:
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