I go on record as saying something to the effect about churros being my nibble of choice during times of stress and sheer and utter frustration. I also remember saying something about how hard it was, at the time, to grab churros in the BGC where I was working at the time.
Things have changed since that post: I now work in Makati (again) and, while there are no churrerias within my immediate vicinity, I am grateful that I can get a cruller-fix on weekends at La Maripili Churreria at the Alabang Town Center.
La Maripili is located at the Corporate Center, the newest building in the ATC grounds, and is a little difficult to find at first. But, trust me: it’s worth looking for.
First impressions: a clean space reminiscent of Spanish interiors just after the turn of the last century or of Southern/Caribbean plantation interiors; plenty of wood and wicker, some bits and bobs of wrought iron; and mirrors on the walls. A refreshing place where one can relax, really. You can opt to hop onto a bar stool or sit at more conventional tables.
But I am, of course, not here for the decor: I’m here for the churros!
A small serve of churros sets you back P 60.00 and you throw in an additional P 110.00 for a cup of smoky-dark hot chocolate.
Mind you, though: these aren’t the skinny sticks you’d get at most lower-market establishments. For scale, look below:
These crullers are as long as an average-sized glossy magazine is wide. Again: you get six of these beasties to a serve and they’re the perfect size for sharing. However, for hardened churro-holics like myself, these are just the right size to enjoy for a solo breakfast on a lazy Saturday morning.
These come in a paper cone and are lightly sprinkled with granulated white sugar; every order is freshly-fried so these come to you all crispy-hot and golden.
Sans chocolate, these are nifty on their own: there is an eggy, buttery savor to each bite that you crunch through. But if you dip these into the chocolate, every bite becomes divinely decadent and you are torn between scarfing down the lot before they get soggy or leisurely crunching through the lot one by one.
Flavored churros (P 60.00 per piece) are also on the menu at this particular churreria and diners are spoilt for choice between sweet and savory options.
Here, oversized churro tubes are either pierced at the ends and piped through with creamy custards for sweet options (rumor has it that the classic crema Catalana and chocolate and chili mousse are quite popular) or split on one side and filled with either smoky-salty jamon Serrano or slices of paprika-spiced chorizo; the latter is finished off with a drizzle of honey.
The latter is a rather posh spin on a hotdog: a nifty little sandwich (or, to put it in context, bocadito) that is portable and easily noshable. The sausage is said to be in-house and is excellent: just the right amount of paprika, deliciously porky, and has an even ratio of fat to lean. The honey adds a light sweetness that offsets the spice and works beautifully against the eggy taste of the churro. While putting a sausage into a cruller sounds ridiculous, I suggest you try it at least once – and you’ll find yourself craving for one. Oh, and if you’re hankering for more substantial savory fare, La Maripili also has savory toast and sandwich options to choose from.
And, if you’re still craving for something sweet, this shop also has a selection of chocolate-covered churros (P 40 for classic dark or white chocolate; P 60 for fruit-infused white chocolate) you will be glad to sink your teeth into.
All things considered, La Maripili is definitely a place I’d be happy to return to…and I’ll be more than happy to head on back.
La Maripili Churreria: Ground Floor – Corporate Center, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa