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Strand Espresso (It’s a no go!)

Strand Espresso hot chocolate

Strand Espresso hot chocolate

The hot chocolate was pretty decent!

Strand Espresso filthy teapot

Strand Espresso filthy teapot

The stained yellow teapot and what is (in my opinion, after visiting around 10) the most expensive cup of tea in the CBD and surrounds let it down. I will never go back. Too expensive, too dirty.

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San Churros, Glebe NSW

Franchises are a hit and miss for me. You know what to expect. You assume the quality will be the same everywhere.

A friend of mine used to manage at KFC. I would complain the chips were always undercooked. He would always defend them and say they’re cooked exactly how they are supposed to be (it’s all a matter of timing!) But for me, the chips were not cooked for long enough and obviously the required time isn’t long enough!

I remember visiting San Churros years ago when it was in Melbourne CBD. Their hot chocolate was thick and the churros were new and exciting.

San Churros - Spanish hot chocolate, iced chocolate and churros

San Churros – Spanish hot chocolate, iced chocolate and churros

I visited the Glebe store while at the 2013 Glebe Street Fair. The weather was dismal and hot chocolate seemed like a great idea, especially as it started bucketing down with rain just as we were walking past, without umbrellas!

It wasn’t the same quality I remember, though. The hot chocolate just didn’t seem thick enough. The churros were a little pale. The iced chocolate, though, was spot on. It wasn’t busy and so wasn’t too loud. It was okay.


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Princess Coco

Princess Coco

Princess Coco

Princess Coco is lovely. The shabby chic decor, plush purple velvet chairs in cosy booths and fabulous desserts are perfect for a date night or drinks with friends.

I highly recommend both the iced chocolate au lait (milk!) and the iced early grey chocolate (the bergamot ends up making it taste almost orange-chocolate). My dark hot chocolate was probably the most boring/pedestrian drink of all three! Massive food envy time!

Apparently the desserts are really good as well. It gives me an excuse to return, soon.

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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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