On my first week in Aberdeen and whilst having lunch break at the tea room, I met a tall Irish man who, with his jokes and accent, made me laugh way more than anyone else has so far. He’s name is Anthony and since then we are close friends, which translates to he listens to me moaning and feeds me chocolate. Anthony is funny, brilliant and a very loyal friend which I will certainly miss not having close by. With our time in Aberdeen coming to an end and Anthony moving back to Ireland, a farewell party for two was on the cards. And what’s best place to celebrate than the newest Mexican restaurant in Aberdeen, Topolabamba!
Where: Topolabamba, Aberdeen
When: July, 2017
Topolabamba restaurant is on Union Street and with its gorgeous blue facade and big windows it stands out and it is very difficult not to be unnoticed from the people walking by.
As soon as we arrived, we got our Mexican hats on and ordered a few cocktails-strawberry daiquiri for me and a Tropicolabamba margarita for Anthony- before getting our hands on the starters…
For starters we got a few street food dishes to share. The waitress advised we order 3-4 dishes per person but since we knew we’d get a main dish AND dessert, we limited ourselves down a bit and went for 2 dishes each, which was more than enough to share and get a taste of Mexico!
The food at Topolabamba Aberdeen is served whenever it’s released from the kitchen so don’t be surprised if you see your dishes served on the table one after another. Anthony’s starters arrived first and just when I was about to get a nibble mine came on the table too, all served under 10′ on the table! Talking about fast service!!!
I got the crispy friend fish of the day tacos and the crab, shrimp and sweetcorn taquitos, while Anthony got the guacamole, black bean and corn tostadas topped with cheese and the chicken tinga quesadillas. The tostadas were basically crispy corn tortillas with the filling we chose topped with cream and they were amazing. I didnt try Anthony’s quesadillas, however both of my dishes were delicious. As a matter of fact I wouldn’t mind eating the fish tacos on a daily basis, that’s how good they were. Soft corn tortillas, topped with cream, shredded cabbage and carrots and a big chunk of fish on top of each, mouth-watering!
We ate slowly, trying to talk as much as possible in between and catch up on each others news and Ph.D. progress.
We also took a few,
too many, selfies with our Mexican hats because moments like this need to be captured and remembered forever, right?
By the time we had finished our starters we were already pretty much full, so we decided to share a stuffed chimichanga from The Big Boys menu (after all we had to save some space for the dessert). The chimichanga is a large (the size of my head), flour tortilla filled with beans, rice and queso fresco then fry baked. We ordered the seafood Taluca, shrimp, crab and scallops filling in a chipotle sauce. It was lip-smashing or as my Mexican friends would say ‘que hace la boca agua’!
There were thick, solid pieces of scallops and shrimp in the filling and the rice didn’t make it stodgy, it was simply complimenting the juiciness of the seafood in a great balance. Definitely having it once we visit Topolabamba Aberdeen again.
Next it was onto the very special moment of ordering the desserts…
We couldn’t resist and not order the classic combination of Churros with melted chocolate and Horchata ice-cream.
The churros portion was very generous- 8 pieces of long sugar coated churros were served on a wooden tray with a mini bowl of melted dark chocolate. Anthony find them a bit too sweet for his taste-mainly because they were rolled in the sugar/cinnamon mix, but they were perfect for me….judging from my facial expressions!
The horchata ice-cream was flavoursome and something I am definitely (a) recreating at home and (b) ordering again at Topolabamba Aberdeen. To be honest, if you are just popping into Topolabamba Aberdeen for coffee, order this ice-cream too, you can thank me later!
While Anthony was dipping the churros in the chocolate I was almost half-way the ice-cream. This rich combination of cinnamon, milk and rice flavours reminded me a bit of rice pudding which is one of my absolutely favourite desserts and it always makes me ultra-happy!
And just before I scooped it all I managed to behave myself and leave some for Anthony to try too…
We polished everything, got our hats off and headed to Soul for a few drinks before ending up at Paramount.
Since then, we have been to Topolabamba twice and we are hoping to get a table for this weekend too. If you want to experience a night of Mexican food too, call 01224 59001 book a table and tweet me your selfies wearing your Mexican hat.