Monday, July 30, 2007

Pollo asado / Rotisserie grilled chicken

I've written previously about buying a few samosas from one of my neighborhood Pakistani grocer's when I am not in the mood for cooking dinner. Well, that's when I am not hungry. When I am hungry, but too lazy to cook, I sometimes go to Churri's, a little take away place near my apartment. While its fare is very simple, I think it makes a good addition to the other low cost eating establishments I've written about. (For all posts on this subject, click here. For all FOOD related posts click here.)
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Churri is a term of endearment in Spanish, similar to dear, hun, sweetie... And the two motherly ladies who work there may say something along those lines when serving you.
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Not much bigger than a walk-in closet, Churri's selection ranges from lasagna to bocadillos, from buñelos de bacalo (codfish fritters) to hamburgers, but I've never tried anything other than their pollo asado con patatas. (Rotisserie grilled chicken with potatoes.) For only 4.50 you get half a grilled chicken with a generous portion of potato wedges cooked in the same grill. (A whole chicken costs double.) I either take it home or head the two blocks or so to the beach to eat al fresco y al lado del mar.
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Another good place for pollo asado is a restaurant named O Pollo. At 8.50 a plate, this place is pricier not only due to the fact that you get a drink with your meal, but also because you can eat inside the large glass walled dining room or out on the beach front terrace. And when I say beach front, I mean directly in front of the beach. Step off the terrace and you are standing in sand.
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Here the plates are real plates, not plastic, and there are a variety of "menus" to choose from for the same price. For example: rotisserie grilled chicken, potatoes and drink; rotisserie grilled chicken, green salad and drink; chicken curry, salad and drink; chicken burritos, salad and drink.
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The chicken at O Pollo is good, but not quite as tasty as Churri's. Ditto for the potatos, which are the the frozen type at O Pollo, but freshly cut ones at Churri's.
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O Pollo also offers gazpacho, appetizers (Japanese Style Chicken Wings, Yokitari Skewer, Patatas Bravas), a children's menu, items a la carte and dessert. The atmosphere is usually lively, with lots of people enjoying the view of the sea as well as the upbeat music that often pumps through the place.
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Every year the prices at O Pollo go up 1 euro or more. This past year the combination plate prices have gone up 1.5o, while at the same time the place began offering less: drink sizes have decreased; instead of ordering at the counter, taking a seat and waiting for staff to bring your meal to your table, now you must move from the an ordering line to a food pick-up line; no more full sized, thick paper napkins, but small, thin ones instead. Also, for some reason all of the former staff were let go. The previous employees were mainly Argentines and Brazilians and were soooo nice and friendly. The new staff seem OK, but are not nearly as friendly -- so far. Consequently, I find that this year I have been going there less frequently than in years past.
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Anyway, there you are - two more low cost places to eat in Barcelona. Neither as nice or delicious as the other places I've written about, but both satisfactory.
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Check the comments section for any updates.
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Chao amig@s,
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Carloz
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Locations:
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Churri's
C/ Almirall Cervera 21
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O Pollo
Paseo Maritimo 1, bajo (under the paseo, on the beach)
932 240 353

1 comment:

Carloz said...

It's April 2008 and Churri's is closed up. I don't know if it will re-open. :-(

O Pollo has raised it's prices again, this time by by almost €1.50 -- the plates are now €9.95.