San Churro

San Churro - Chapel st.

San Churro – Chapel Street Store.

San Churro is a chocolateria that serves a delicious range of desserts and drinks but most importantly they make Spanish Doughnuts aka Churros. Churros are not your standard doughnut (round with a hole in it), they are lines of pastry piped into the fryer making them crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside. San Churro on Chapel St. specialise in making churros and they’re damn good at it.

The dimly lit store looks like a chapel with the wooden pews and the arched windows.  When you walk in, you can see the churro station and the white, milk and dark chocolate sauces churning in melting pots. There is a range of yummy ice creams, cakes and chocolates on display but I always go straight for the churros. We order our churros at the counter, take our number and find a seat. The freshly fried churros arrive and they look delish!

San Churro dusted with cinnamon sugar.

San Churro – Churros dusted with cinnamon sugar.

I pick up the warm deep-fried churro that had been generously dusted in cinnamon sugar (you can get icing sugar if you prefer) and submerge one end into the white chocolate dipping sauce. The smooth melted chocolate sort of tastes like condensed milk mixed with white chocolate, so delicious! The consistency of the dipping sauce is thick enough to coat the churro with an excessive amount of chocolate and thin enough to discreetly drink the leftover chocolate when nobody is watching.

San Churro - White chocolate and Dulce de Leche dipping sauce.

San Churro – White chocolate and Dulce de Leche dipping sauce.

As you dunk the churro into the chocolate and lift it out, the trick is to wait one second with your churro hovering over the sauce cup to make sure the chocolate drip settles before you transport it to your mouth. If you are impatient like me and can’t wait that necessary one second to let the chocolate drip settle, you will end up with chocolate dipping sauce all over the front of your fave shirt (happens every time). I remember the first time I tried churros, it was in the tiny and narrow San Churro store on Brunswick St. and I remember raving about the white chocolate sauce for weeks after. My friend is nuts about the dulce de leche which is a Spanish caramel. It’s a little smoother and creamier than normal caramel. She has the Dulce de leche hot chocolate, dips her churros in dulce de leche and then takes dulche de leche home for later.  I totally understand, it’s dulce de licious.

San Churro Spanish Hot Chocolate.

San Churro – Hot and cold (Spanish hot chocolate with white choc ice-cream).

The ‘Hot and Cold’ is a thick Spanish hot chocolate with a scoop of white chocolate ice-cream. Hot drinking chocolate and cold ice-cream is a match made in heaven. The ‘Hot and Cold’ tastes like a chocolate pudding liquefied. You feel like you’re drinking a homemade self-saucing pudding with fresh cream. It’s weird but amazing. I know that whenever I make choc pudding at home I find myself eating too much and feeling sick after but this way I can be served a controlled portion. They have a variety of hot chocolates flavours like hazelnut, mint, peanut butter (yum), chilli, ginger, dulce de leche and expresso or you can just have the regular hot chocolates in white, milk or dark chocolate which are a perfect winter warmer.

I heart San Churro!

Olives x

San Churro
Address: 150 Chapel Street, Windsor
Website: http://www.sanchurro.com
Phone: 03 9529 7559
Trading Hours: Mon-Thurs 11-11pm, Fri 11-12am, Sat 10-12am, Sun 10-11pm

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American Doughnut Kitchen

American Doughnut Kitchen

American Doughnut Kitchen at Queen Victoria Market.

The American Doughnut Kitchen has been around since 1950. That is literally the year my mum was born. These doughnuts are what you call an oldie but a goodie. One traditional family recipe has had people lining up by the many for over half a century and will have people lining up for many more years to come.  These donuts are made fresh in the little van at the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) and they are absolutely delicious.

My american doughnut with its doughnut friends in the background.

My american doughnut with its doughnut friends in the background.

These donuts are not your perfectly round style commercial donughts. Each little doughnut has its own unique shape. The dougnuts are crunchy on the outside and doughy in the middle filled with (burn your mouth) hot raspberry jam, covered in sweet (stick to your lips) sugar. There is something really clean about the oil they are deep-fried in. Every doughnut tastes like it was the first doughnut cooked that day. Personally I feel they have enough jam for my liking but a friend of mine always asks for extra jam and they are happy to accommodate.

American doughnut closeup.

American doughnut Kitchen doughnuts yumm.

Especially on Sundays, there is a very long ant trail of people lining up behind the food truck waiting to get their American doughnut fix. But the line moves at a reasonable speed so you aren’t waiting for too long. You can purchase one for a dollar or you can buy a pack of six for $6 dollars (wait a minute that’s the same price). But in saying that, that is a damn good price and these little guys are worth way more than a dollar, so buying in bulk is definitely the better option. You can easily down a six-pack in one sitting.

American Doughnut Kitchen Food Truck.

American Doughnut Kitchen Food Truck.

It would be rather unfortunate if your American Doughnut hankering occurred on a Monday or a Wednesday because the QVM is closed. But never fear, you can find a comparable jam filled doughnut with a similar level of deliciousness. The doughnuts at Olympic Doughnuts will cure your craving (just outside Footscray station). Plus at Olympic Doughnuts they have a fun jam-filling contraption that looks like a swordfish. The doughnut is impaled by the swordfish’s nose, then the bleeding jam doughnut is thrown upon a bed sugar, to then only be eaten by the next person in line (poor doughnuts).

I heart American Doughnut Kitchen!

Olives x

American Doughnut Kitchen
Address: Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
Website: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanDoughnutKitchen
Phone: 03 9417 6415 or 0412 224 083
Trading Hours:Tues & Thurs 6am-2pm, Fri 6-5pm, Sat 6-3pm, Sun 6-4pm

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Huxtaburger

Huxtaburger

Huxtaburger – Melbourne – City store

Huxtaburger is a burger joint with a strong focus on good quality burgers. Hot beef and cold beer. The Smith Street store in Fitzroy is well known for their amazing burgers but they recently opened a city store in Melbourne and people are going crazy. I wondered what all the fuss was about. I mean how good could these burgers really be?

Huxtaburger and crinkle cut chips

Huxtaburger and crinkle cut chips.

It could and was the best burger I have ever eaten. Prior to my first huxtaburger, burgers were just burgers, average and unmemorable.  But as I ate this burger, it made a significant change on the way I viewed and dismissed burgers in the past. I found myself critiquing the burger true masterchef style commenting on its texture, acidity and balance of flavours.

All of the ingredients are fresh and of high quality and when put together make a perfectly balanced burger that is insanely delicious.  The huxtaburger pattie is made from good quality beef (Moondarra grass-fed wagyu). Then there is tomato sauce (burgers 101), creamy mayonnaise, mustard, cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce, fresh tomato and crunchy pickled cucumbers sandwiched amid a buttery brioche bun. Perfection! It takes a genius to create a seemingly simple burger with such a great depth of flavour. Amazing!

Huxtaburger Mmm

Mmm Huxtaburger.

It’s a little hard to find this place, but you can come through the food court entrance off Collins street or through Fulham Place off Flinders Lane. After business hours you will need to enter through the alley, you’ll see the neon sign alternating red (hot beef) and blue (cold beer). The city store is like a little american dinner with stools around the outside of the room with partitions to section off your eating space.

Huxtaburger diner

Huxtaburger Melbourne – Dining area.

The first time I tried a huxtaburger we got the burgers takeaway and ate them on the run on our way to the Regent theatre. After I ate my first huxtaburger it left me with a delicious buttery burgery aftertaste and I wanted nothing more than another one right that moment. Unfortunately at that point it was too far to go back and order a few more (or a few hundred more) before the show. I had to work with what I had, so I tried to eat my boyfriends huxtaburger. He was almost finished (so I only got one bite) then I moved on to eat my mums huxtaburger, I think with all the ‘just one more bites’ I ended up eating half of her burger (she’s so nice). Sometimes I can be a big greedy piglet and this was one of those times but I blame the burger for being so delicious! Forget the theatre, this burger deserved a standing ovation.

I went back the next day to make sure the burger I tried the night before wasn’t just one of those dreams that felt like it was real. I got a freshie and ate it at the diner, this time not in a rush and as remembered it was divine. It tasted almost identical to the last one I had eaten.

Gormet traveller shares the recipe for the Classic Huxtaburger for those keen to attempt the huxtaburger at home. Do try this a t home. Tip: Make these homemade huxtas for your friends (preferably friends that have never tried huxtaburger) then bathe in their praise as they wolf down their burger and lather you in adoring comments about your exceptional cooking skills.

HuxtaMax

Max loves Huxtaburger beef patties.

My frenchie Max and I love the classic Huxtaburger but they also have a vegetarian option, tofu burger with sesame soy mayo…sounds yum and a jalapeno and sriracha mayo if you like it hot. Definitely handy to have one in the city now so I can pop down there on my lunch break.

I heart Huxtaburger!

Olives x

Huxtaburger
Address: Fulham Place off Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Website: http://www.huxtaburger.com.au
Phone: 03 9417 MEAT (03 9417 6328)
Trading Hours:  Monday – Saturday 11.30am-10pm. Not open Sunday

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