A loud roar could be heard right across Canberra when the Ikea announcement was finally made.
I don’t really get Ikea, but a lot of Canberrans do. Indeed, David Lord from Ikea told me that over 5% of Sydney sales of Ikea are from little old Canberra.
As a city, we’re excited by their impending arrival as well we should be. It is a massive vote of confidence in Canberra’s economy that Ikea is coming, albeit not till late 2015.
There was another collective roar of approval that rang out over the suburbs earlier this month. It wasn’t’ quite as loud but it was just as passionate. It heralded the opening of Canberra’s first San Churro outlet in Woden.
At the Parton household, we’d been waiting and hoping for this day for quite some time…and now it’s here.
So what is San Churro ?
It’s another chocolataria, but it’s different than the rest. San Churro is an Australian franchise of a Spanish concept.
They’re key menu ingredient is ‘churros con chocolate’, Spanish donuts with chocolate and they are to die for. Churros are long, lightly deep-fried pastries made from a light flour and water batter. They’re dusted with cinnamon sugar and the idea is that you dip them in warm chocolate and stuff them in your face until you feel sick.
The Canberra San Churro outlet is in the Bonner Court area of Woden Town Centre and it’s been ‘goin’ off’ since late April. There were some teething problems early on. San Churro had a lot of staff to train in a short period of time and I know there were some complaints about incorrect orders and the disjointed serving of food and drink items, but once you take a bite of a chocolate soaked churro, everything is forgiven.
If you like Max Brenner, I’m sure you’ll like San Churro, but there’s a vastly different mood and vibe to this new outlet.
San Churro first came to Australia in 2006 with the opening of the first outlet in Brunswick in Melbourne. Within a month there was a second one opened in Knox City and within a year the San Churro empire included 3 outlets in NSW.
It’s been a rough old week for Canberra, but if you want to drown in chocolate with only a long Spanish donut for a liferaft then head to San Churro.