Spanish Doughnuts is an Australian franchise that has recently opened up their first ever cafe here in Singapore. Their other outlets overseas, including Australia & Korea, only has kiosks. Don’t be confused by their name, Spanish Doughnuts actually specializes in Churros.
Now unless you have been living under a rock, Spanish Doughnuts has recently gained a boom in their popularity. This is mostly due to social media and also being featured in the local paper & magazines. Apparently the whole craze/trend now seems to revolve around churros now. Move aside cupcakes & doughnuts! (I wonder how long until the next trend arrives & churros become a thing of the past?)
I can’t really say much about their aesthetic, Spanish Doughnuts is a franchise after all. I’ve constantly linked them to that of Krispy Kreme. I feel that their whole look, including the way their products are displayed/photographed are all somewhat similar to that of Krispy Kreme.
The first ever cafe of Spanish Doughnuts is situated on the fifth level of Orchard Central, replacing what used to be Fruit Paradise. The cafe is smack-dabbed in the middle of the upper lobby, with shops surrounding the cafe. The place also benefits by facing towards the large glass façade of the mall, allowing natural Sunlight into the place during the day. The aesthetic of the place is quite simple, with some hints of Spanish decor. Wooden panels, the color red and brick walls are used for their main kiosk area. Seats surround the entire counter area, high stools on the left, luxury low comfort seats in the middle, and more casual chairs & tables to the right.
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So far I’ve been to Spanish Doughnuts twice. My first time was on a Wednesday night, a few days after the official opening of Spanish Doughnuts. I stood behind a customer who was busy picking out the premium churros on display. I expected to be served next, however, I was basically ignored for 10 minutes, during which other customers just cut me & made their way to the cashier to make their order. I had wanted to order the premium churros but gave up and ended up ordering the normal ones at the cashier instead. Considering that they were recently opened & that their premium churros were mostly sold out, I decided to give them another try/chance.
My second visit was a few weeks later, on a Thursday afternoon, around 4.30pm. I was planning on ordering & trying their premium churros. This time, I noticed they have put up a queue barrier for customers to know where to queue. (Kudos, this basically solved the problem I faced during my first visit.) However, I was quite surprised by their selection of premium churros which was somewhat abysmal. Not every premium churro flavor was available, even those that were, were limited in quantity. (This was on a weekday afternoon, mind you.)
My biggest gripe was when I asked if the premium churros could be put on a plate instead of the box (As usual, I wanted to take photos & I was also having them there.) and the staff actually had to ask her superior first. I was fine with that, perhaps she was new & unsure, but she came back and denied my request, offering to cut the box instead (To make it like a plate?). I accepted the box but my friend decided to help me ask for a plate again a few minutes later. Yet again, the staff went to ask her superior, before finally handing my friend a plate. I was quite dumbfounded by this, it was ONLY a plate after all, I wasn’t asking for something that would have cost money or anything. Fortunately, the female staff was quite friendly & apologetic when she couldn’t offer the plate earlier on.
Another thing to note is that when you order their churros that are made on the spot, you have to hang onto your receipt. When your order is ready, the staff will call out your number for you to collect. I thought this was quite a dated method, the staff eventually had to walk around constantly calling out numbers when the customers were not responding. (Perhaps they should invest in one of those digital queue numbers like those bubble tea kiosks.) Overall though, I felt the service was horribly lacking & it left a bad taste in my mouth after those experiences.
Now back to the food, Spanish Doughnuts specializes in the ever-popular churros. They offer a range of different churros, which you can group into 4 categories.
1. The Original Hot Churro – These are longer & thinner than their counterparts. They come in a 3 pack ($6.90) or a 6 pack ($9.90) and it only comes with one choice of chocolate sauce.
2. Churro Hot Filler’s – These are churros with a hot filling in the middle, which include jam, chocolate, caramel, custard & hazelnut. ($3.60 per piece)
3. Choco/Savoury Churrito’s – These come with 3 dipping sauces, either 3 chocolate or 3 savoury sauces. The savoury version seems to have shorter churros but are currently not available yet. ($9.90)
4. Premium Churros – These are the mother of all churros. Each churro has a different filling & different topping/glazed. These are served cold instead of the rest which are served hot. ($4.30 each, $12 for 3, $21.60 for 6)
Apart from all the churros, Spanish Doughnuts also offer hot dogs & sandwiches. Like all cafes, they also have their range of coffees, lattes, frappes & milkshakes.
Looking for more Churros?
If you are crazed about churros, here’s a small list of places that have churros that I know of. I’m sure there are more places out there, but these are the few that I know of/have tried so far. I’ll try to expand the list once I’ve tried more places.
1. Spanish Doughnuts @ Orchard Central – As reviewed here.
2. Habitat Coffee @ 223 Upper Thomson Road – Great house-made churros. These were more pastry-like. One of the best I’ve had so far.
3. Churrosity @ 241 Holland Village – These are pretty good. They are cinnamon coated, with your choice of topping. (Ranges from chocolate sauce to caramel). These were more in the middle of doughnuts & pastry-like.
4. NOM Bistro @ Macpherson CC [Review soon] – They offer churros as well, unfortunately they were unavailable during my visit.
5. GRUB @ Bishan Park – Not bad version of churros, but not the best either. Can get overwhelming with all the coated sugar & chocolate sauce dip.
6. MEDZ @ Orchard Central – Pretty nice version, they were somewhat like fried dough fritters. Quite pricey for the quantity though.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Apart from the horrendous service, I do recommend giving Spanish Doughnuts a try. It’s gaining popularity like crazy, with someone Instagramming their churros every minute. I do like their churros, they are one of the better churros I’ve tried. Bottom line, pardon the service, go for the churros.
181 Orchard Road, #05-51/52 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
(Nearest train station: Somerset)
11:00am – 10:00pm daily