Churros, the sweet doughy treat historically said to be a Portuguese and Spanish take on Chinese youtiao, is having a sort of renaissance in Singapore. A snack that can be bought in pasar malams and pop-up hipster stalls is now being taken to the next level in culinary fanciness. Chulove Cafe, for example, offers churros in all shapes and forms both sweet and savory. There’s Twenty Eight Cafe, the brunch spot that has roti prata-inspired churros as its best item.
Now, Filipino churros chain Churreria La Lola has entered the game. Presumably emboldened by other Filipino brands such as Jollibee, Gerry’s Grill, and Yellow Cab Pizza Co. finding success in Singapore, the popular brand had a grand opening of its first international outpost at The Central shopping mall today.
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[Churreria La Lola] – Popular churro brand from Philippines officially opens its first international branch at The Central in Clarke Quay today. The all day cafe serves fresh, authentic Spanish churros fried 100% in olive oil. The crisp and moreish churros comes with 5 choices of dip (signature, chocolate, matcha, yam, and cream cheese). Besides the classic churros, it also has churros glazed in dark chocolate, white chocolate, matcha and purple yam. . My favourite is their Xuxo stuffed with Nutella. Adventurous diners can try the savoury Pork Floss Xuxo churro filled with garlic aioli, topped with pork floss and and drizzled with mayonnaise. #lalolasg #lalolamania
“Singapore is the perfect market for La Lola as Singaporeans are known to be cosmopolitan foodies, quick to embrace dishes that are authentic and delicious,” enthused Mica Tan, director of MFT Ventures Singapore, the franchisee of La Lola.
The brand spotlights the quality and freshness of its churros as a spotlight. In the kitchen, the dough is made from scratch in-house and is fried fresh upon order in 100 percent olive oil. Customers have the options of purple yam, matcha, dark chocolate and white chocolate glaze for the standard churros, while the stuffed variety is filled with good ol’ Nutella or Dulce de Leche. Ice cream toppings too, if one wants a cooler treat.
Savory alternatives available as well, with Barcelona-style churro sandwiches stuffed with Serrano ham and mozzarella. Though we’d imagine it’ll be sweet, there’s cream cheese dip as well to add that extra layer of richness.
Already, La Lola is offering Singapore-exclusive flavors to entice its way into our hearts and stomachs. There’s a rather sumptuous stuffed churro filled with garlic aioli, topped with pork floss (we can hear our arteries exploding) and there’s something called the Yakult iced tea, which honestly sounds pretty enticing.
“We believe Churreria La Lola has huge potential and will continue to grow to multiple locations in Singapore,” remarked Tan.
Churreria La Lola is at The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #01-27
Open daily 11am-11pm
MRT: Clarke Quay