El Churrasco

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C/ Poblat Tipic, Empuriabrava, Spain
972 45 00 26

El Churrasco Empuriabrava Reviews

joelennon joelennon
16 reviews
Jun 02, 2007
El Churrasco is a delicious Spanish steakhouse in the seaside town of Empuriabrava, on the northeast coast of Spain. This restaurant is my girlfriend's favourite in the town, owed mainly to her main course of choice, Chicken Curry on a Spit.

Most of the staff have been working in the restaurant for many years (since I first went there in 2002 at least!) and are generally friendly and helpful. They have basic English, but they appreciate you trying your hand at Spanish or better yet Catalan. It is advisable to make a reservation for large parties, particularly in the high season.

When you order your meal (which is taken with a PDA) you are then brought out bread, allioli, oils, tomatoes, garlic, olives and either salami or potato chips. If you haven't tasted allioli, I advise you try it, it is so, so good! It could be compared with garlic butter, but it is just so much nicer! El Churrasco offers the nicest Allioli in the town, and its very nice when mixed with the tasty herbed oil.

The restaurant has a decent selection of wines and a small variety of cavas (Spanish champagne equivalent). They are generally quite inexpensive. If you're a white drinker, Vina Sol is very thirst quenching and is usually served super cold which goes down well in the summer months! The restaurant also serves beer, I think it's San Miguel. If you want mineral water, ask for Agua sin gas (still) or Agua con gas (sparkling).

There are many starters available, and I would recommend Sopa de Tomate, Calamars a la Romana or Peppers stuffed with meat. The choice with main courses is also quite large, with some brought out on a spit. Most dishes are cooked on an open fire which is visible from the rear of the restaurant. The entrecote is very good as are most of the steak options! The mixed grill offers an uncompromised challenge to those willing to accept it, a pork chop, a chicken breast, a steak, a sausage and fries. Be hungry if you're ordering it, it's an almighty feed!

I'm not usually big on desserts so I can't offer too much advice, other than like most restaurants in the area, the menu appears to be from a wholesaler and most desserts are pre-packaged fare. There may be some handwritten desserts on the back of the menu, which are usually homemade. I sometimes choose an orange sorbet to help digest the whopping main course! :) I can confirm that the cafe solo (espresso) in the restaurant is good!

Overall El Churrasco is a great restaurant, usually highlighted by its business. For the best atmosphere, dine after 9pm as that is when the locals prefer to eat. If you're making a trip to Empuriabrava, I can't recommend highly enough that you eat at El Churrasco (unless you're a vegetarian!)

Finally, just to point out that this restaurant closes on Thursdays (I presume to give the staff a day off!)
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