New Restaurant Alert: Churreria La Lola at Power Plant Mall, Makati
Churros have never been this fancy.
Churreria La Lola
LG/F Power Plant Mall, Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) First, a question: How can you go wrong with deep-fried choux pastry? Long, crisp, airy logs dipped in deep, dark chocolate? That's two questions, but here's a third: What do you get when you marry the general allure of churros with the skills of practiced restaurateurs?
The basement of Power Plant Mall has been particularly busy these past couple of months. You'd think it was the holiday rush-which it was, in part-but you can trace the end of that crowd to Churreria La Lola. This new snack and dessert destination is essentially a counter, a deep-fryer, and chefs busy soaking white rods of dough into bubbling gold pools of olive oil amid jars of Nutella and Skippy peanut butter. You can tell that they've already pushed past the tradition of plain chocolate and milk.
The magic is happening.
But it's in Power Plant Mall, where churros are given the spotlight. It shares menu space with sandwiches (P275), homemade potato chips (P100), and horchata (P250), a popular Spanish beverage that's as good with churros as milk is with cookies.
Churreria La Lola offers their fried pastries in several ways. We ordered the Classicos (P110/six pieces, P195/12 pieces, P275/18 pieces): thick, golden sticks, served undressed but exceptionally crispy in a paper cone. To enjoy it with a cup of Belgian hot chocolate is to shell out P60 (minimum), but it's an investment to make the experience-and calories-worth it.
Classic Churros and Chocolate
In some cases, dipping seems to be much of an effort. The churreria also offers ribbed rolls stuffed with crunchy Skippy peanut butter, dulce de leche, Nutella, or strawberry jam. The Xuxos (P120) are noticeably softer than the ones they serve for the Classicos, with the filling offering bursts of excitement with every flavor. Like how it's thick and decadent for the peanut butter, but delicate and velvety for the Nutella.
The Churros Bravos (P195) is a savory take on the popularly sweet treat. A seasoning of salt makes the choux much more compatible with the tangy aioli sauce and salsa brava. The Churroreo (P275) are churros served a la mode, the ultimate indulgence for a delicacy that's seemingly simple.
But if there’s one thing you should know about the amigos of Las Flores by now, they don’t do simple.