Upon entering San Churro you are bombarded with an array of colours and delicious smells. A young waitress guides you to a large wooden table with boldly coloured banquette cushions - which are comfy and inviting, and instructs you to place your order at the front counter - something that has steadily become the norm at casual eateries like this.
A taste of what you're in for.
Chocolateria San Churro is situated near Westfield Penrith, on Riley Street, in the small dining precinct, filled with cafés and casual restaurants. San Churro, which is readily popping up in shopping centres city wide, brands itself as a “vibrant chain café offering churros and decadent desserts, plus organic, fair-trade coffee.”
So many options, so little time.
Inside, San Churro is brightly coloured and warm, which is a relief on those chilly winter nights. Families and groups of friends are packed into the café, which makes for a great casual place to catch-up, and the atmosphere is buzzing.
While the bright colours are definitely a pick-me-up, the tables are a bit close for comfort, and the queue to order is often long as there is no table service - which does diminish the overall experience somewhat.
Picture perfect - the drool inducing churros.
The churros ($8.95 single serve, $14.95 to share) offered here are made to order and are golden and crunchy. The churros come with a selection of delicious dipping sauces, including: milk chocolate, salted caramel and peanut, to name just a few.
While the churros are delicious - served with their super sweet dipping sauces and dusted in icing sugar - they can become cloyingly sweet. Heed advice and learn from my mistakes; it's probably best not to order a salted caramel hot chocolate ($6.50) to accompany your already sweet dessert as it quickly becomes a sugar overload and can ruin the experience. Coffee is always a safe bet and the creamy biterness is perfect at balancing out all that sweetness.
Despite the delay in ordering, the food arrives quickly, which is a bonus, and the dessert looks just as it does on the menu. While a little extra space between tables would be great, the overall experience at San Churro in Penrith is enjoyable, with tasty desserts, friendly service and a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Where: Shop 118A, Westfield Penrith, 2750.
Cost: Churros from $8.95. Desserts and chocolates from $2. Drinks from $3.50.
When: Sunday - Monday 8am - 10pm. Thursday to Saturday 8am - 10.30pm.
Good for kids: Yes.
Take away: Yes, drinks and most desserts are available to take away.